SVSU Receives Senate Tribute for Community Engagement
Last month I was proud to present Saginaw Valley State University President, Don Bachand, with a special legislative tribute. SVSU received this recognition for meeting the criteria of the 2015 Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching.
This achievement showcases SVSU's outstanding tradition of being extremely engaged in our community. It's always been a pleasure to work alongside SVSU students, faculty, staff and alumni, whether it be in my office in Lansing or while volunteering across the Great Lakes Bay Region. Frankenmuth made Country Living's list of "18 of the Most Charming Small Towns Across America!"
To anyone who has ever visited Frankenmuth, it comes as no surprise that the little town I call home is among some of the most enjoyable small towns in the nation. From our fantastic restaurants to the many candy and fudge shops to cure your sweet tooth after a fine meal, `Little Bavaria' is about as enjoyable as it gets.
To see the entire list, you can visit Country Living
. NerdWallet names Freeland best place in Michigan for young families
Earlier this month, NerdWallet.com, a personal finance website, ranked the community of Freeland number one on the list of "best cities for young families in Michigan." They ranked the participating cities, towns and census-designated places with 5,000 or more residents on home affordability, prosperity and growth, quality of education and family-friendliness. I'm sure you'll see all of those qualities and more if you visit the Freeland Walleye Festival
To learn more about the data NerdWallet used, click here
. Saginaw-Area residents benefit from AT&T investment, expansion
I'm proud to highlight AT&T's work in the 32nd district in recent years. In a world where Internet and cell phone access often seem as essential as the air we breathe, AT&T has invested greatly in the state's high-tech infrastructure and deserves recognition for its corporate citizenship.
With nearly $1.7 billion invested in Michigan's networks between 2011 and 2014, AT&T has been a strong partner in boosting connectivity across the state. Families and businesses in the 32nd District now benefit from faster network speed, reliability, coverage and performance.
These kinds are investments are critical for growing Michigan's economy and driving economic development. Michigan Senate passes bills to prepare students for success
Many high-paying and essential jobs in Michigan are in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math - the STEM fields. Yet many of these positions remain unfilled.
An increased focus on STEM education will better prepare our students for success in these highly skilled areas. I recently co-sponsored legislation that would allow a student to receive a STEM endorsement on his or her high school diploma and transcript by meeting additional requirements in science and math and taking coursework involving technology and engineering activities.
A STEM endorsement will set our students apart as they pursue their educational or career opportunities. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are projected to be more than 250,000 STEM-related jobs in the state in the next few years.
Senate Bills 169 and 170 have been sent to the House for consideration. 2015 Michigan Fishing Guide
From easy-to-catch panfish to mighty musky and everything in between, Michigan offers a great fishing experience. Before you plan your next trip, consult the 2015 Michigan Fishing Guide for rules, regulations, license information and more.
The publication is available at major retailers and online. Anglers should note that some of the regulations were not finalized prior to printing the guide, so the most current information is available at www.michigan.gov/fishingguide
. There's an app for that!
Looking to avoid a traffic jam? Want to get in touch with your legislator? Find helpful information fast on your smartphone!
A free app for iPhones
phones provides pictures and contact information for all members of the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives, including links to their web sites. The Citizens Guide to the Michigan Legislature
also contains committee listings (including meeting times and contact information) and the ability to look up your Senator/Representative based on your address.
For motorists, the Mi Drive
traffic app offers up-to-date information on construction, traffic incidents and other factors that can affect travel. The site displays real-time traffic camera views, speeds on major routes, work zones and more. The free app is available on iOS and Android devices; search the app store for MDOT or Mi Drive. The address for both the desktop and mobile versions of the website is www.michigan.gov/drive