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City Council approves all mayor's re-appointments
By Dan DuChene
Jun. 16, 2010   ·   3:42 a.m.

Jone Coleman, president of downtown business LookInTheAttic, shares his thoughts with City Council about the discussion and procedure taken to pass mayoral re-appointments, which he was being considered for the Downtown Development Authority.

After much procedure, Ypsilanti City Council approved six mayoral re-appointments to city boards and committees Tuesday, including the two postponed from earlier...read more

Council postpones two reappointments
By Mark Tower
Jun. 4, 2010   ·   4:57 p.m.

Two of Ypsilanti's volunteer board members were not reappointed on schedule Tuesday night, owing to a 4-2 vote by City Council to delay the appointments until...read more

Downtown properties to be rehabilitated
By Mark Tower
Jun. 4, 2010   ·   10:40 a.m.

The three properties located at 120, 122 and 124 West Michigan Avenue in downtown Ypsilanti will soon be rebuilt into commercial and office space and loft apartments, thanks to a planned $1.7 million investment by developers.

Three recently-vacated properties in downtown Ypsilanti, two of them condemned, will soon be renovated owing to recent purchase by a local development company and...read more

Ypsilanti Township authorizes litigation against Liberty Square
By Mark Tower
May. 28, 2010   ·   6:53 p.m.

Many of the homes in the Liberty Square complex on Grove Street in Ypsilanti Township are already boarded and ready for foreclosure sale. All 151 units, some of which are still occupied, will be condemned Tuesday, Ypsilanti Township has resolved.

Residents living in the Liberty Square complex of townhouses will see a sticker appear on their homes Tuesday, when the Ypsilanti Township Building Department places...read more

Ford plant granted tax exemption by township
By Mark Tower
May. 24, 2010   ·   5:44 p.m.

Ford Motor Company's Rawsonville Plan, located at the intersection of Textile and Bridge Roads in Ypsilanti Township, will soon be the new home for production of Ford's Electric Focus batteries, formerly produced in Mexico.

New machines and equipment will soon be wheeled into Ford's Rawsonville Plant in Ypsilanti Township as it begins manufacturing a line of batteries for the new global...read more

Mayor gives sunny outlook for City despite continued economic downturns

Photo by Christine Laughren

Mayor Paul Schreiber gave his State of the City address at Tuesday night's City Council meeting. Watch the video here.
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State of City address focuses on positives

By Christine Laughren
Feb. 22, 2009    ·    2:41 p.m.

Mayor Paul Schreiber gave his State of the City address at Tuesday's City Council meeting.

Schreiber touched on the economic challenges the state is facing but said Ypsilanti is ahead of the economic crisis.

"In 2008 the city met its economic challenges head-on by passing a balanced two-year budget," he said. "Thirteen vacant city staff positions were eliminated to balance the budget."

He also noted that Water Street bond payments have been set aside through 2011 and the 2008 audit report gives the city a “clean” rating.

Water street, the Riverside Arts Center, Vetting of Blueprint for Downtown Ypsilanti, opening of Rutherford Pool this summer, ongoing Ave Maria campus renovations and filming of the Drew Barrymore movie Whip It were other highlights he touched on.

Except for a brief note in the beginning, the mayor did not make any mention of the continued increase in unemployment rates in the state and the effect those numbers could continue to have on the city level.

According to the Bureau of Labor Market Information & Strategics, under the Department of Labor & Economic Growth, Michigan lost 56,000 payroll jobs in 2008, due in most part to the weakened auto industry. Manufacturing accounted for 59 percent and construction accounted for 23 percent of this reduction.

The 2008 average monthly job cut (-6,200) was higher than last year’s average (-5,000) for the same period. The unemployment rate in Michigan was at 10.6 percent in December 2008 and at 7.6 percent in the Ypsilanti area that same month.

Click on the video to view the mayor's State of the City address in its entirety.

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