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Is Natural Gas still Booming in Michigan?

Due to improvements in drilling technology and newly discovered pockets, there has been a natural gas boom in the United States over the past decade. Increased supply has driven costs down and caused some states to begin the switch from traditional coal-fired plants to natural-gas-powered ones. Michigan’s aging coal-fired plants make it a prime location for natural gas expansion.

However, natural gas drilling has actually decreased since the initial 2008 boom as environmental concerns, the slow conversion of coal-fired plants and a gas glut has led to decreased demand and controversy surrounding the industry. Still, several plants have already switched over to natural gas even amid these concerns, though the Trump administration has turned things around.

Michigan’s natural gas is primarily located in the northern Lower Peninsula and according to the Public Service Commission, accounts for about 15-20% of the gas consumed in Michigan. The rest of Michigan’s supply comes from Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Canada.

This trade imbalance is due to Michigan’s relatively high overall energy consumption due to its northern climate and energy intense manufacturing sector. Still, the Public Service Commission notes that Michigan stores over 10% of the nation’s natural gas supply in underground facilities, more than any other state. In the winter, this gas is then sold to both in and out of state energy suppliers, helping meet Michigan’s high heating demands.

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Southeast Michigan Engineering and Innovation

The Southeast Michigan Defense Industry is the Arsenal of Innovation. This is where the future of defense is being made. Southeast Michigan is leading the way in giving our nation’s military a decisive edge on the battlefields of today and tomorrow. To get an idea od how Southeast Michigan Engineering and Innovation is pushing the state ahead, take a look at this Ford video:

Southeast Michigan is the Arsenal of Innovation. With major players like TACOM LCMC, TARDEC, General Dynamics Land Systems, BAE Systems, Navistar Defense, Oshkosh Defense, AM General, and SAIC, the Arsenal of Innovation is leading the way to provide cutting-edge technology to the warfighters of today and tomorrow.

Nowhere else will you find a stronger talent pool of engineers and dedicated professionals with a deep knowledge of new technology. It is our resolve, our vision, our ingenuity and our people that make Southeast Michigan the Arsenal of Innovation.

The talent, innovation, and technology that have made Southeast Michigan the world’s epicenter of the automotive industry are the identical assets that have helped Southeast Michigan’s defense industry expand and flourish.

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Wind Energy Solutions In Michigan

In 2008, Michigan passed a Renewable Portfolio Standard in hopes that it will help the State make major advances in renewable energy development over the next decade. This requires electric utilities to generate at least ten percent of their energy from renewable sources or negotiate tradable renewable energy certificates by 2015.

In order to accomplish this, research is going to be needed to find new sources of energy. One source that has been recently proposed and can be easily accessed is wind energy. With the development of wind energy, Michigan has the capability to create jobs, help boost the economy and become the leader in renewable energy.

There are two kinds of wind energy, onshore and offshore wind energy. Onshore wind energy is hard to generate due to the constant changes of the wind and tends to be not efficient. For example, some days are not as windy as others. Wind in the summer sun tends to be almost non- existent in Michigan, causing the turbines not to produce energy to its maximum capacity. This will cause people to end up paying more for their electricity.

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Localized SEO in Michigan

Continuing the conversation at the University of Michigan–Dearborn Search and Visibility Concept, I would like to talk a little bit about localized SEO. Google has evolved over the years and has become more focused on not only providing accurate results but also localized results. It used to be that if you performed a search for a term like ‘pizza places’, you would end up getting results for pizza places anywhere from Los Angeles to New York. These days, Google is tied to where you are as a user and search results will offer up your local pizza options.

If you would like to know about pizza restaurants in an area outside of your locale, you may need to extend your search keyword and add a geographic tag. For example, if you are in Novi, MI but would like to eat pizza in Dearborn, MI, a likely search would be ‘pizza places in Dearborn’. The results displayed will be a mixture of paid ads, localized results, and organic results. A very noticeable portion of the localized results will be a map with markers that indicate pizza places in the area. The top organic listings may not be a restaurant’s website but a third party directory website like Yelp or Trip Advisor. The restaurants that dominate these results have the strongest localized SEO strategy.

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So what is digital marketing?

Digital marketing is the process of building and maintaining customer relationships through a variety of digital media channels. Devices that are capable of serving up digital ads include desktop and laptop computers, smartphones, tablets, video game consoles, and the list is growing!

As internet users surf the web, their behaviors are recorded and are quantified into data. This data is used by digital marketers to target the right person, with the right message, at the right time. Returns on advertising budgets are increasing due to the precise targeting methods used by best digital marketers.

Best Digital Marketing Programs in Michigan is devoted to the best programs for digital marketing in the state of Michigan. I’ve explored educational programs (CMU-College of Medicine) but I also want to discuss digital marketing programs that can be used to reach an audience. It is not enough for a business to just have a website in this day and age. There are also need to be digital pathways that lead to and extend from that website. This is where digital marketing comes in.

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Michigan Universities – Sexual Assault Investigation

A few years ago, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights released an impressive list of 55 institutions of higher education institutions that were under investigation for possibly violating Title IX requirements for handling cases of sexual misconduct.

Among the 55 institutions were Michigan State University and the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. Title IX is a 1973 law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex and is most often associated with the rise in women’s athletics in schools and universities. Title IX has also been used by the Department of Education to tackle the problem of sexual violence on college campuses.

The logic used by the Department of Education is that because Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, any hostile environment created on the basis of sex is a violation of Title IX. That is, sexual harassment, assault, or misconduct creates a hostile environment for the victim due to the victim’s sex and the Department of Education has authority over institutions to ensure they respond to complaints appropriately.

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Live a life of gratitude

First of all, Happy New Year to everyone! I am a Christian. Not a right winged, over the edge, will-never-win-anyone-to-Jesus-because-I’m-in-your-face kind of Christian, but simply a serious follower of Jesus. In my opinion, regardless of one’s religious beliefs, it’s imperative to live a life of gratitude, because without gratitude there’s all too much in the world to be crabby about, and I choose not to go through life being crabby. Life’s too short for that.

I have been writing in a personal/private blog for about 5 years and have published nearly 1800 posts, and I started this volunteering and employment blog about half a year ago as well. I love having the archives of my thoughts because I can go back and reflect on my life as it was back then. It is one of the great benefits of blogging (much like journaling, which I did (paper and pen!) for many, many years).

Sometimes, it’s funny, sometimes it’s uncanny, and other times, it might be a little out of the ordinary. While I was reading through some of the older posts from a few years back before we had our second child (who happens to be a girl), I ran across a post entitled What Would Make Life Closer to Perfect. It was so interesting to read that 3 years later.

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It’s all there on bulletin boards

From the mundane to the mind-bending, it’s all there on bulletin boards.

Somewhere amid the chaos, perhaps, there is clarity. The answer to your problems. The deal of deals. A clue to what you need to know to be happier, smarter. Or, a plea for help. A call to action. An invitation. There are services rendered, services sought.

The bulletin board — the old-fashioned, off-line kind — plays social jazz, riffing on the erratic rhythm of our lives. Fliers offering pet-walking overlap notices selling self-improvement, which partly obscure the trash haulers, who distract from someone’s last-ditch effort to find her favorite sweater.

It doesn’t take anything more than a stapler to get a voice. You just need the right passerby to wade through the noisy collage and find you.

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How To Increase Your Confidence

You are the only person on Earth that can use your ability – Zig Ziglar

New managers go through it. Old managers go through it, but probably won’t admit it. It may not happen often, but it does happen.
What am I referring to? Your confidence as a professional.

Starting out, most would-be professional have that passion and drive to write an expert blog post every day.  Then it goes to every other day.  Then, a couple times a week.  Now, you’re looking at the site once a month.  Next thing you know, you forget about the expertise blog altogether.

This happened all because you lost your confidence in your own expertise. I noticed that being part of the GED class helped me to get back on track. Even though I joined online classes, the boost that I get is great.

You will start to think that “Yeah.  I can do this.”  If nothing else, seeing your blog with a reader with other blogs is an ego boost.  And who the hell doesn’t need an ego boost?  Hell, we’re writers.  Some of us are geeky, tech writers.  We were the ones in school who didn’t fit in with the rest of the cool kids, but we studied hard.

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First goal of every company should be organized abandonment

Similarly, in the business world, there’s nothing that so focuses a manager’s mind as knowing that a product or service they’ve spent ages building and fine-tuning will be abandoned in a year or six months. Otherwise, he won’t innovate. He’ll delay. Wait and see. Because abandonment is not what we’re trained to do in the office.

We’re a nation of problem-solvers, fixing what doesn’t work instead of building something new. The reason is simple: Innovation is very hard work. You put in years before you see any quantifiable result. Meanwhile, you’re being compensated for this quarter’s performance. So you put more money and more effort into squeaking a little more juice out of the old product.

Peter Drucker, the management sage observed that the first goal of every company should be “organized abandonment.” Simply put, every two or three years, each company needs to look at every product, service, and policy and see if it still makes sense. Ask yourself: “If we didn’t do this already, would we launch this again? Would we go into it?” If the answer is no, it’s time to start cutting.

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