The journey from New York to Detroit was shortened from weeks to days with the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825. The opening of the canal led to a tidal wave of settlers from New England as well as cutting the cost of shipping goods.
For more information, see Bill Loomis, "How one bad review delayed the settlement of Michigan", Detroit News, June 3, 2012.
Note : Michigan Every Day claims the Erie Canal opened on October 25, 1825!
Breezy Silver, Assistant Head of the Gast Business Library, recently attended the Face of Analytics Conference at Spartan Stadium, which showcased the MS in Business Analytics program at Michigan State University.
Employers from four different companies discussed how their companies use data analytics, described the types of people and skills needed in the field, and provided career advice. The companies were from different fields and of various sizes, and included Steelcase, Millward Brown (a subsidiary of Kantar), Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, and Urban Science in Detroit. They described data analytics as the use of a range of tools including statistical analysis and text mining to turn data into strategic and actionable information. While these companies use data analytics differently, their ultimate goal was to either improve internal processes or to help their customers. Ultimately, their use of data analytics gave them a competitive advantage over their peers.
After the presentation, there was a career fair during which several big and small employers were available to talk to students about working in the field. One of the panelists stated that while they hired from all different disciplines, one of the most important qualities they looked for in potential candidates was curiosity.
The Gast Business Library supports the demand for skilled data analytics professionals and big data sets by providing data management support, instruction on data sources and access to a premier collection of electronic resources.
Written by Breezy Silver
The Nov. 4 mid-term election is coming quick, and there is going to be a lot on the ballot.
Statewide elections include governor and U.S. Senate, Secretary of State and Attorney General. All state house, state senate and U.S. house seats are up as well. There will also be two statewide ballot proposals on wolf hunting.
How do you vote and who will be on the ballot? Here’s what you need to know for the election...
For the full article, see Fritz Klug, "Michigan 2014 Election: Everything you need to know for Nov. 4", MLive, October 25, 2014.
After four years of construction, Francis Clergue, hoping to make a fortune selling electric power, opens a hydro-power plant in Sault Ste. Marie (U.S.). This low-head hydro plant was the longest in the world, and in design capacity (40,000 h.p.) was second only to Niagara in the U.S. The canal had the largest water-carrying section in the U.S., delivering 30,000 cubic feet per second.
Clerque spent over $50,000 for fireworks, bands, and food to celebrate the event on this day. "Invitations were sent to all members of the Michigan State Legislature, the Governor, the heads of the state government departments, the U.S. Congressional delegation from Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin and a large number of prominent American engineers, businessmen, and representatives of the press. Special trains were chartered at company expense, bringing Investors and potential Investors from New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Detroit, Montreal, and Toronto for the celebration. The second floor of the powerhouse was used for the celebration, which was attended by 5,000 people. A large civic and military parade was held and Clergue's sister, Helen, threw a gold and jeweled switch, setting two generators into operation, lighting up several strings of arc and Incandescent lamps, and setting In motion a street car that ran over tracks laid from the powerhouse to the country club. Speeches were delivered at the banquet, with Clergue offering a rosy picture of Industrial development In Sault, Michigan. It was thought to be only a matter of time until this small outpost of the eastern upper peninsula would become a thriving city of over 100,000 and an industrial center of the Midwest."
Source : Michigan Every Day and Edison Sault Electric Company website.
For more information about Clergue, visit Francis H. Clergue and the Clergue Industrial Empire
After his first broadcast on radio station WJR in 1926 he received eight letters from listeners. At his controversial peak, 30 million listeners coast-to-coast tuned in his broadcasts and he received 80 thousand letters a week.
Stations in London, Rome and Madrid carried his program. Fr. Coughlin was called many things: Social watchdog, Nazi, saint, anti-Semite. In response to the charge of anti-Semitism, he replied that he had also...assailed prominent Gentiles, both Catholic and Protestant."
He was instrumental in the construction of the Shrine of the LIttle Flower on Woodward in Royal Oak, collecting donations of nickels and dimes from listeners.
Father Coughlin ruled the radio waves until a new Archbishop decided he was too controversial in 1937.
Source : Father Charles E. Coughlin, The Radio Priest, Detroit News, July 23, 1995.
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