Skip to main content

Category Archives: University of Michigan

Google Building, Downtown Ann Arbor

Google Building, Downtown Ann Arbor

Google Building, Downtown Ann Arbor

Did you know that Larry Page, the CEO and co-founder of Google, is an University of Michigan Alum?! This could be why he chose Downtown Ann Arbor for one of Google’s 70 locations in 40 different countries around the globe! In each of their office buildings, Google tries to express the personality of the city it is located in through different murals and decorations, so no two offices are ever alike. So stop by the Google Building, located at 201 S. Division Street, and see how Google expresses Ann Arbor!

Ann Arbor Forecasted to Add 8000 Jobs

Is Economic Recovery Beginning in Ann Arbor?

In an article published in the Business Review, according to University of Michigan economists George Fulton and Don Grimes, the Ann Arbor area will be adding more than 8000 new jobs in multiple sectors over the next 3 years. They estimated that Washtenaw County added over 4000 jobs in 2010 after 4 consecutive years of job losses, supporting a slow, but steady economic recovery. The unemployment rate in Washtenaw County is expected to decline to 6.7% by 2013 from an average of 8.6% in 2010.

A few of the major sectors slated to add jobs include:

  • Local Manufacturing, including Automotive
  • Health Care Service Providers
  • Private Ambulatory Care Services
  • Regional Government
  • Professional & Business Services
  • Restaurant Services

Many small businesses are beginning to hire, but still remain very cautious. While we are far from a full recovery, these are steps in the right direction for the Ann Arbor area. You can view the full report here: The Economic Outlook for Washtenaw County in 2011-13.

We are beginning to see recovery in the Ann Arbor real estate market as prices begin to stabilize and even increase a bit under $400k. Spring is right around the corner, housing inventory remains low, and mortgage interest rates are at historic levels making this a great time to sell your home. To learn more about what’s happening with prices and inventory in your specific Washtenaw County neighborhood, visit our Subdivision Hotline or contact us today at 734-761-3060 or

50th Anniversary Celebration of Peace Corps Founding in Ann Arbor

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Peace Corps, which occurred right here in Ann Arbor. After hearing a late night campaign speech by Senator John F. Kennedy on the steps of the Michigan Union on October 14, 1960, University of Michigan students began a grassroots efforts, leading to the creation of the organization envisioned by Kennedy in his call to service. The celebration will continue with events in Ann Arbor and around the country throughout 2011.

The anniversary celebration marks 50 years of promoting peace and friendship around the world. It will also serve as a platform for connection with millions of people who may not know about the Peace Corps, as well as reconnecting long-time supporters. The objective of the 50th anniversary celebration is “to utilize (the celebration) as a platform to support the agency’s mission and legacy by honoring our past, demonstrating our effectiveness, and inspiring the next generation of volunteers through education and engagement.” This further supports the three primary goals of the Peace Corps: helping the people of interested countries in meeting their needs for trained men and women; helping promote a better understanding of Americans by the peoples served, and helping promote a better understanding of other peoples on the parts of Americans. Continue reading

Ann Arbor – Not Just Another Pretty College Town

If you have ever wondered if Ann Arbor was more than a small, pretty town anchored by the University of Michigan, a recent article by Tom Walsh in the Detroit Free Press set the record straight. Far more than being the temporary academic home for 41,000 students, the town’s permanent residents include big names in business, industry, and politics as well as education. In addition, the economy of Ann Arbor is becoming ever more diverse, so it can attract the type of young talent that passes through the University.

Continue reading

The Diag in Downtown Ann Arbor

Summer and Fall on the U of M campus wouldn’t quite be the same without students and businessmen/women sitting with laptops in the park, reading, or sitting on a blanket with pets and friends. The Diag is friendly to all walks of life and careers, and for foot traffic or bicycles. Even on hot summer days you can always find the right amount of shade to open that book or sit and listen to a local musician strum their guitar by a tree.

Campus Student Bike Shop

Let’s face it, i can be hard to get around…especially as a student. Freshman year, your bike is probably your best friend. And where can you go to find the perfect bike or fix up the one you already have? Campus Student Bike Shop on Maynard in downtown is the place to go! It’s open year round, claims reasonable prices, & has been servicing downtown for over 40 years! CSBS even rents out bikes for the semester! Stop in or check out their website for hours, services,browse their merchandise, and learn about their alternative location on S. Forest.