Utilities on the forefront of environmental stewardship

All across Michigan, our daily economy and quality of life depend on the public infrastructure around us, including those big electrical towers and wires you see in urban and rural corridors and along highways. These societal assets are part of the backbone power transmission grid that carries safe and reliable electricity into our communities, serving our homes, businesses, hospitals, plants and schools.

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is stem taking root?

It’s no secret. Southeast Michigan’s talent pipeline is in trouble. Business, as well as industry leaders, are becoming concerned that when the future arrives, there will be a shortage of workers needed to operate effectively. With more than 58,000 workers reaching retirement each year, the skilled trades gap of the future workforce is growing more inevitable.

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Community Colleges Coming of Age: Focused on Community Need

When most community colleges opened their doors 50 years ago, they were expected to be everything to everyone. They offered courses and programs open to all who were seeking or exploring higher education opportunities. During this time, community colleges quickly grew in size and scope, offering degrees and certificates in numerous career fields and university transfer degrees focused on business, science and liberal arts.

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what matters most?

We live in crazy times, constantly bombarded with information, distractions and opportunities. How can you get through all of your “to-do’s” and “wish I didn’t have to’s” without being completely stressed out?  Here are a few easy steps that you can use to help focus on what matters most and achieve balance in your work and home life.

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What’s Next for Software Patents?

United States patent application filings have doubled since 1998, to approximately 600,000 annually. Many of these applications represent software innovation, seeking to protect inventions for computer-implemented processes. Until recently, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) took a relatively pro-patent stance toward software inventions. Recently, however, the pendulum has swung toward an apparent tendency to automatically reject broad software claims.

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