Friday, July 16, 2010

President Obama Visits Holland, Michigan


President Barack Obama on Thursday opened the nation's ninth advanced battery plant funded with economic stimulus money, leveraging taxpayer dollars to build a new national industry.

Compact Power Inc., Holland's second advanced battery plant half-funded by $151 million from the stimulus, will manufacture batteries for the Chevrolet Volt, a plug-in hybrid electric car, with a projected 52,000 to be produced each year. It will also supply the power for a new electric Ford Focus. It is only a part of a $2.4 billion federal commitment to the fledgling industry, financed under the economic stimulus.

White House economists say the U.S. produced less than 2% of the world's advanced batteries in 2009. By 2012, plants in the U.S. will have the capacity to produce 20% of the world's production. By 2015, that share will be 40%, the White House says.

But capacity is one thing. Demand for electric vehicles is another, and the market has been fickle in the past. Menahem Anderman, chief executive of Total Battery Consulting in California, estimates that the capacity to produce advanced automotive batteries just from the stimulus-funded U.S. plants will be three times greater than global demand by 2014.

To view the full article visitWall Street Journal

Noting that a shrinking US economy is now growing due to the steps being taken by his Administration, President Barack Obama asserted that his country would emerge stronger than before from this turmoil.

Addressing a meeting in Holland, Michigan, on clean energy, Obama asserted that because of the series of steps being taken by his Administration, the US would emerge from this period of turmoil; and come out stronger than it was before. Referring to the economic recession, he said it was a decade in which it seemed like the values that built this country were turned upside-down.

"It got even worse when the financial crisis sent our economy into a freefall and cost eight million Americans their jobs. Michigan was hit harder than anywhere else. An on top of this recession, you were also rocked by the near collapse of the domestic auto industry," he said.

"That's why, when my administration began, we cut taxes for small business owners and for 95 per cent of working families here in Michigan and across the country. We extended unemployment insurance to help folks get through these storms," he said.

"And we are seeing results. There are 4.5 million unemployed workers already hired whose employers are eligible for a payroll tax exemption, a tax break that I signed into law earlier this year," he said.

To view the full article visit Business Standard

Friday, July 9, 2010

Davey Ramsey: Finding a For-Real Realtor

Question: Dan and his wife want to sell their home. What are the criteria by which they should choose a realtor? Dave thinks this is a great question.

Dave Ramsey's advice: I'm always looking for high-octane, high-protein realtors. About 80% of the sales are made by 20% of the people. You don't want one of the other 80% to do the work here; you want a stud. This is your largest asset, and we're in tough times, so only the studs can sell. They won't fool around and list your property for too much, and they won't under price it and make you mad. They get stuff done.

When you interview them, ask how many houses they sold last year. If they sold four, get them out of your house. If they sold 44 houses, that's a different story.

Ask them what you need to do to get this house sold. If they can't give you good pointers and tell you what you need to fix in a diplomatic way, you don't need them.

Find out how much property they've moved in your area and within a 5-mile radius. If all the houses they've sold are on the other side of town, that worries me. Don't hire your aunt Sally or some guy you sit next to in church. Interview them and rake them over the coals. If they don't show up on time for the appointment with you, they will do the same when showing the house. Get someone who will return your phone calls.

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Friday, July 2, 2010

Michigan Department of Education Ranks Area Schools

The list ranked public schools according to their scores on the MEAP and MME standardized tests, based on the number of students who scored well enough to be considered “proficient” in English language arts and math and on how much schools were able to improve the scores between the 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 academic years. This is the first year the schools have been ranked comparatively. Black River Public School, Eagle Crest Charter Academy, Hamilton High School and Hamilton Middle School also posted scores at or higher than the 90th percentile. Holland High School was ranked in the 42nd percentile, making it one of the lowest-ranked high schools in the greater Holland area.

RANKINGS FOR AREA HIGH SCHOOLS:

School Percentile
1. Saugatuck High School 99
2. Black River Public School 97
3. Hamilton High School 90
4. Zeeland West High School 81
5. Zeeland East High School 74
6. West Ottawa High School 63
7. Holland High School 42
8. Fennville High School 24

For the extended list visit the Holland Sentinel.com

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