Pancakes & Politics News

October 26th, 2022

Regents Appoint Santa J. Ono as University of Michigan’s Next President

Santa J. Ono, Ph.D., is president-elect of the University of Michigan. He recently began a five-year term as the university’s 15th president in mid-October. Ono, 59, was most recently the 15th president and vice chancellor of the University of British Columbia, where he has served since 2016. He is an experienced vision researcher whose pioneering … Continued

October 26th, 2022

General Motors Celebrates the 2-year Anniversary of the Justice & Inclusion Fund and 195 years of the Black Press of America at the 2022 NNPA Annual Convention

In June 2020, General Motors (GM) announced their ambition to become the most inclusive company in the world. Simultaneously, GM launched the Inclusion Advisory Board (IAB) and also established a Justice and Inclusion Fund with an initial commitment of $10 million to organizations that promote inclusion and racial justice. To date, GM has committed $22 … Continued

October 19th, 2022

Coulter Appoints New Deputy County Executive and Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer

Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter has made two key appointments to his administration, naming Walt Herzig as the deputy county executive who will be the liaison with the Board of Commissioners, the county’s delegations in the state Legislature and Congress along with the state and federal government and Harry Weaver III as the new Oakland … Continued

October 16th, 2022

Beyond Fixing Potholes, Detroit Needs Infrastructure Planning for the EV Future 

Photo: Getty Images   The Motor City is leading the charge of the green energy transportation movement in future-minded innovations in electric vehicle infrastructure planning backed by billions of federal and state funding. For too long, Michiganders have come to accept crumbling roads and potholes as a fact of daily life. Last year, steps were … Continued

October 12th, 2022

New Research Reveals that Black Workers Have Borne the Brunt of Metro Detroit’s Inequitable Labor Market and Uneven Economic Growth

In the years following the Great Recession, Metro Detroit showed promise of a strong economic rebound. But new research shows that the region’s recovery was racially uneven, and persistent racial inequities in housing, income, and other key measures of well-being have constrained the region’s economic growth. Advancing Workforce Equity in Metro Detroit: A Blueprint for … Continued

October 10th, 2022

The Rebirth: Black Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Trade Association, BEVI, Recharges Motor City   

BEVI Co-Founders Carla Walker-Miller of Walker-Miller Energy Services, left, Q Johnson, CEO of Plug-Zen, second from left, Natalie King, and ChargerHelp! CEO Kameale C Terry, far right.   It’s a new era for Motor City 2.0. In a city that pulled itself up by its bootstraps shortly after the turn of the 20th century, a … Continued

October 5th, 2022

Whitmer Signs Bipartisan Economic Development Bill to Strengthen Economy

Recently. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed SB 844, a bipartisan bill securing resources to help Michigan grow, attract, and retain businesses bringing billions in investment and creating thousands of jobs to Michigan. The bill makes a substantial deposit into the state’s bipartisan Strategic Outreach Attraction Reserve (SOAR) fund, established last December, and includes resources for site … Continued

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