People & achievements in the greater Ann Arbor area, including the Early College Alliance and Colliers International
• David Dugger, director of The Early College Alliance @ Eastern Michigan University, was honored with the David A. Skiven Leadership Award by the Engineering Society of Detroit during its annual meeting June 27 at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn. He is one of 21 local individuals recognized. Dugger was chosen for his service and contributions to both the engineering society and the Engineering Society of Detroit Institute's recent STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) symposium.
• Colliers International Ann Arbor has facilitated the lease of 5,500 square feet at 213 S. Ashley St. in downtown Ann Arbor. Brendan Cavender and Jim Chaconas of Colliers International Ann Arbor represented The Inovo Group in this transaction. The space is one of the last available “loft” office spaces downtown Ann Arbor.
• Ann Arbor-based Tangent Medical, a creator of IV therapy products, including the NovaCath Integrated IV Catheter System, announced June 27 its commercial product launch and start to clinical evaluations in several healthcare facilities across the U.S.
• The Michigan Health & Hospital Association June 27 announced the winners of its 2013 Ludwig Community Benefit Award during the MHA annual membership meeting. Honored were programs led by Borgess Health, Kalamazoo; Chelsea Community Hospital; Munson Healthcare, Traverse City; and ProMedica, an Ohio-based health system with Michigan hospitals in Adrian and Tecumseh. Chelsea Community Hospital was honored for its SRSLY Coalition that helped reduce teen substance abuse between 2007 and 2012.
• The University of Michigan Library has received a $1.25 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to create an endowed "conservation librarian" position. This new position will enable the library to expand its conservation program. The library is to receive $1 million in endowment money from the foundation, which it will match by raising funds to create a total $2 million endowment within three years. The foundation will also provide $250,000 in spendable funds to hire and support the conservation librarian for the first three years.
• ProQuest, an information and research company headquartered in Ann Arbor, appointed Matthew Brine as vice president and general manager of Proquest's Serials Solutions, a member of the ProQuest family of companies. In this role, Brine will provide the vision, strategy and global leadership to deliver discovery and management solutions to libraries.
• Experts from the National Main Street Center, the Michigan Main Street Center and downtown development consultants from around the country came to the City of Saline June 25-27 to lead an assessment aimed at helping Saline Main Street reach its goals. The series of meetings was part of the city's participation in the Michigan Main Street program, a driver of grassroots economic development. Saline earned entry into the program after a competitive application process in 2012. In addition, Saline Main Street will receive technical assistance over the next four years, valued at nearly $200,000, through the Michigan Main Street Program at the Michigan State Housing Development Authority. Assistance includes a market study, design services, training and other benefits intended to help revitalize and restore the downtown's distinct assets.
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