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The MEDC will soon be announcing another round of grants for small businesses! Jackson County was awarded $704,000 in allocated funds to disburse to small businesses

Grants will be awarded up to $15,000 for an eligible business that is open or partially open and up to $20,000 for an eligible business that is fully closed.  The business will identify their total grant request within the application.  Grants may only be used for the following eligible expenses: payroll expenses, rent/mortgage payments, utility expenses and other costs related to reopening a business.  Grant funds may be used by the business for eligible expenses expended between November 18, 2020 and April 30, 2021. Grant funds may not be used for any expenses that were previously funded or will be funded by another state or federal grant program, including but not limited to, the Michigan Small Business Relief Program, the Michigan Small Business Restart Program or the Pure Michigan Small Business Relief Initiative.

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As hospitals nationwide respond to COVID-19 surge,  St Joseph Mercy Chelsea receives “A” grade for patient safety

CHELSEA, MI, (Dec. 21, 2020) – Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assigns A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationally for patient safety, announced that St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea has received an “A” ranking on its Fall 2020 scorecard.  Amid its response to COVID-19, St. Joe's was awarded an “A” for its commitment to keeping patients safe and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States.

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Dr. Brad Romans Named Campus Director of Baker College of Jackson

JACKSON, Mich. (Dec. 10, 2020)Baker College recently announced the appointment of Dr. Bradley (Brad) Romans as Campus Director of Baker College of Jackson.  Dr. Romans, who has been with Baker for more than five years, including his current role as Director of Academic Affairs, replaces outgoing Jackson Campus President, Dr. Steven Simpson, who has moved on from Baker to pursue other opportunities.  The announcement was made by Baker College President, Dr. Bart Daig.

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CARES Act tax-saving benefits set to expire in 2020

JACKSON, Mich., Dec. 9, 2020 – The Jackson YMCA and other nonprofits in Jackson County have stepped up in service to the community throughout the pandemic. Working collaboratively through the Jackson COVID-19 Action Network (JCAN), nonprofits have prepared and distributed free meals to thousands of individuals and families as well collected and delivered needed supplies to homes in need. In partnership, providers like the YMCA, Jackson School of the Arts and Jackson Public Schools have offered childcare and educational and recreational programming to help parents during this time of shutdowns and social distancing.

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Henry Ford Allegiance Health First in Michigan with Personalized Adaptive Cancer Treatment

JACKSON, MI – (November 24, 2020) Henry Ford Allegiance Health is advancing radiation treatment for cancer patients in south central Michigan and beyond with the Varian Ethos™ therapy system. Driven by artificial intelligence technology, the system provides a real-time view of a patient’s anatomy and allows the radiation dosage to be adapted in real time to continuous variations in the shape and positioning of the individual’s tumor and normal tissues. Ethos is an advanced software update to the state-of the-art Halcyon linear accelerator, which Henry Ford Allegiance Health was the first in Michigan to use in December 2019. The personalized targeting capability of Ethos helps improve overall outcomes and reduces radiation exposure to healthy tissue.

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CMS Energy Announces Patti Poppe Stepping Down as CEO, Garrick Rochow Named President, CEO

JACKSON, Mich., November 18, 2020 – CMS Energy announced today that Patti Poppe is leaving the company, effective December 1, 2020, to take the position as CEO at PG&E Corporation in California. Garrick Rochow, current executive vice president of operations, will succeed Poppe as CMS Energy and Consumers Energy president and chief executive officer and on CMS Energy’s Board of Directors. Poppe has served as president and chief executive officer of CMS Energy and Consumers Energy since 2016.

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