Student Team Wins $2,000 In First-Ever UHY + Mike Ilitch School Of Business Tax Competition Or “Taxitition”

DETROIT, Mich. (November 20, 2019) – There are some things money simply can’t buy, and experience is one of them. Three students from Wayne State University’s Mike Ilitch School of Business received both – invaluable experience and money – after taking first place in the school’s first-ever “Taxitition” tax case competition.

This year’s winning team of finance and accounting students, aka the “Write-off Warriors,” David Borg, Brian Boeskool and Golam Tanzim, took home the top prize of $2,000.

In partnership with UHY, a leading national CPA firm with offices in Wayne, Oakland, Washtenaw and Macomb counties, the Ilitch School hosted the three-day case study competition Nov. 14-16. The goal was to help students learn why understanding taxes is so important in the corporate world.

“There is a huge unmet demand in the job market for tax accountants. This competition gave our students the opportunity to simulate real-world conditions in a friendly, competitive environment,” said Matthew Roling, Wayne State’s accounting department chair. “The teams had to be focused, creative and think on their feet. UHY’s investment in this program shows how much they care about our students’ success.”

The competition was broken into three parts. On day one, students gathered to hear about the case study and begin working on their presentations. On day two, they met with UHY mentors to review their progress with seasoned tax professionals and refine their answers. On the competition’s third and final day, the teams presented their solutions to a panel of judges comprised of UHY professionals and Ilitch School faculty. Each team had 20 minutes to present and a 10-minute Q&A session.

“We were impressed by all of the participants; their thought process and analytic skills exceeded our expectations. The winning team edged out their competitors by combining a strong advisory approach with a polished presentation,” said Tom Callan, CEO of UHY’s Great Lakes Region.

This year’s winning team earned a $2,000 cash prize as well as lunch with Callan at the Detroit Athletic Club. The second-place team earned $100 for each member.

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About WSU’s Mike Ilitch School of Business
The Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business prepares students for challenging and rewarding careers, advances the boundaries of scholarly and practitioner knowledge, and enhances the economic vitality of the city of Detroit, the state of Michigan and beyond through its programs, research and community engagement. Established in 1946, the business school was renamed in 2015 in recognition of the $40 million gift from Mike and Marian Ilitch. Thanks to this lead investment, the school moved to a new state-of-the-art building in the heart of The District Detroit in 2018, and academic programming and collaboration with city businesses are expanding. For more information, visit ilitchbusiness.wayne.edu.

About UHY LLP
UHY LLP, a licensed CPA firm, provides audit and other attest services to publicly traded, privately owned and nonprofit organizations in a number of industry sectors. UHY Advisors provides tax and advisory services to entrepreneurial and other organizations, principally those enterprises in the dynamic middle market. UHY LLP, operating in an alternative practice structure with UHY Advisors, forms one of the largest professional services firms in the US. While that scale might provide confidence for some clients, others tell us our greatest value is the way we bring these resources to bear to help address today’s evolving business challenges. It’s a philosophy we call “The Next Level of Service”. To learn more visit www.uhy-us.com.

UHY Strengthens Presence in Europe: New Member Firm in Bosnia and Herzegovina Joins the UHY Network

We welcome, Revident d.o.o., our new member firm in Bosnia and Herzegovina to the global accountancy network UHY, extending our coverage within Europe. The firm is in the process of adopting the UHY branding and will soon be known as UHY Revident d.o.o.

Established in 2006, the firm’s main office is based in Mostar with further offices in Grude and Sarajevo. The team brings wide-ranging experience in audit, advisory, corporate finance and tax services to a portfolio of domestic and international clients primarily represented in the art and entertainment, hospitality, manufacturing, mining and quarrying and retail sectors.

Senior partner, Božo Vukoja comments: “Being part of the UHY global network underpins our commitment to deliver quality services and enhances the services and advice we can offer our clients. The global presence of the network combined with the expertise and knowledge shared among UHY’s 8,200 colleagues around the world, not only strengthens our own capabilities, locally and internationally, but also these of our current and potential clients and their operations.”

Rick David, chairman of UHY comments: “We are delighted to welcome Revident d.o.o. to the UHY network. Bosnia and Herzegovina, is embarking on a new growth model and continues to embrace economic change including its impending membership to the European Union. Revident d.o.o.’s membership extends our footprint in Europe and strengthens UHY’s regional market expertise and capabilities to serve our international clients who have business interests in this country and the wider region.”

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About UHY LLP
UHY LLP is a licensed independent CPA firm that performs attest services in an alternative practice structure with UHY Advisors, Inc. and its subsidiary entities. UHY Advisors, Inc. provides tax and business consulting services through wholly owned subsidiary entities that operate under the name of “UHY Advisors.” UHY Advisors, Inc. and its subsidiary entities are not licensed CPA firms. UHY LLP and UHY Advisors, Inc. are US members of Urbach Hacker Young International Limited, a UK company, and form part of the international UHY network of legally independent accounting and consulting firms. “UHY” is the brand name for the UHY international network. Any services described herein are provided by UHY LLP and/or UHY Advisors (as the case may be) and not by UHY or any other member firm of UHY. Neither UHY nor any member of UHY has any liability for services provided by other members.

UHY liaison office for Revident d.o.o
Contact: Matko Knezevic, +387 63 371 789, Email: matko.knezevic@revident.ba W: www.revident.ba

About UHY
Established in 1986 and based in London, UK, UHY is a leading network of independent audit, accounting, tax and consulting firms with offices in over 320 major business centres across 100 countries. Our staff members, over 8,200 strong, are proud to be part of the 16th largest international accounting and consultancy network. Each member of UHY is a legally separate and independent firm. For further information on UHY please go to www.uhy.com.

UHY is a member of the Forum of Firms, an association of international networks of accounting firms. For additional information on the Forum of Firms, visit www.forumoffirms.org

UHY press contact: Dominique Maeremans on +44 20 7767 2621 Email: d.maeremans@uhy.com.

US Ranked Second in World for Number of Blockchain and AI Patents Being Filed – but Behind China

• US businesses filed 29 percent of all global blockchain patents in 2017
• Chinese companies have big lead in developing AI technology
• US Government may need to consider more R&D tax credits to keep pace with China

CHICAGO, January 23, 2019 —Twenty nine percent of all global patents for blockchain technology were filed by US businesses last year – ranking them second in the world – with 92 patents from a total of 314 filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in 2017, shows a new study by UHY, the international accounting and consultancy network.

In comparison, Chinese businesses filed 32 percent of all global patents for blockchain technology in 2017. Chinese businesses have invested heavily in blockchain technology in recent years, with the Chinese central bank supporting the development of a blockchain-based trade finance platform to help SMEs access finance.

The study shows that Australian businesses were third, filing 40 patents (13 percent), with UK businesses in fourth, filing 34 patents related to blockchain (11 percent) with WIPO in 2017 (see table below).

In the United States, the largest filer of global blockchain patents was credit card provider Mastercard, which filed patents for developments including a system for offline blockchain exchanges.

UHY adds that the biggest filer of global blockchain patents last year was nChain, a blockchain-focused research firm based in London and Vancouver, which filed 48 patents for blockchain technology at WIPO in 2017.

UHY says that to help increase blockchain innovation even further in the US, the Emerging Technology Office of the General Services Administration launched the US Federal Blockchain programme. This is designed to help US businesses that are interested in exploring blockchain technology and its implementation within Government.

UHY explains that while European businesses have only filed a limited number of patents at the global level through WIPO, many have been more active at a local level.

US businesses rank second in the world for patenting new blockchain technology

US businesses also ahead of international rivals for developing Artificial Intelligence technology

The study also shows that US businesses are responsible for filing 65 patents related to Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology with WIPO last year. This represents 10 percent of all Artificial Intelligence related patents and is second only to the number patented by Chinese businesses.

China is ahead of its global competitors by some distance in the race to build portfolios of intellectual property in Artificial Intelligence. Chinese businesses filed 473 out of the 649 Artificial Intelligence patents (31 percent) filed with WIPO last year. (see table below).

UHY says that Chinese businesses like Baidu – often described as the ‘Google of China’ – and technology and social media conglomerate Tencent are among the world’s leading developers of Artificial Intelligence technology. Baidu filed the most Artificial Intelligence patents at WIPO in 2017, with 183.

Global competition over Artificial Intelligence technology has heated up in recent years, with many national governments putting in place programmes to support businesses and universities in developing Artificial Intelligence clusters and bringing technology to market.

UHY says the US Federal Government has prioritised funding for Artificial Intelligence and other innovative new technology. Since 2015, its investment in unclassified R&D for Artificial Intelligence and related technologies has grown by over 40 percent.

In September 2018, the US President signed a Presidential Memorandum prioritizing high-quality Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education. It has a particular focus on computer science education and committed $200 million in grand funds, matched by $300 million in private industry commitments.

The US’ largest filer of Artificial Intelligence patents with WIPO in 2017 was Berkeley-based start-up Bonsai AI with seven. Microsoft announced its acquisition of the business in June 2018.

New Artificial Intelligence technology developments dominated by Chinese companies – US businesses rank second

Rick David, Chairman of UHY and Chief Operating Officer of UHY Advisors in the US, comments: “The US is a world leader for developing and patenting new technology, especially related to blockchain and Artificial Intelligence.”

“In recent years, the US Federal Government has introduced a range of new programs designed to encourage R&D. The Trump Administration has also prioritized funding for fundamental Artificial Intelligence research and computing infrastructure, machine learning and autonomous systems.”

“Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence could unlock significant economic growth over the coming decades. Developing Artificial Intelligence technology is also going to be critical in determining which businesses will emerge as leaders from the next industrial revolution.”

“The businesses that are positioned best in the long term are those that benefit from private enterprise and government both investing to bring Artificial Intelligence technology to mass markets.

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About UHY LLP
UHY LLP is a licensed independent CPA firm that performs attest services in an alternative practice structure with UHY Advisors, Inc. and its subsidiary entities. UHY Advisors, Inc. provides tax and business consulting services through wholly owned subsidiary entities that operate under the name of “UHY Advisors.” UHY Advisors, Inc. and its subsidiary entities are not licensed CPA firms. UHY LLP and UHY Advisors, Inc. are US members of Urbach Hacker Young International Limited, a UK company, and form part of the international UHY network of legally independent accounting and consulting firms. “UHY” is the brand name for the UHY international network. Any services described herein are provided by UHY LLP and/or UHY Advisors (as the case may be) and not by UHY or any other member firm of UHY. Neither UHY nor any member of UHY has any liability for services provided by other members.

About UHY, the network
Established in 1986 and based in London, UK, UHY is a leading network of independent audit, accounting, tax and consulting firms with offices in over 320 major business centres across more than 95 countries. Our staff members, over 8,100 strong, are proud to be part of the 16th largest international accounting and consultancy network. Each member of UHY is a legally separate and independent firm. For further information on UHY please go to www.uhy.com.

UHY press contact: Dominique Maeremans on +44 20 7767 2621 Email: d.maeremans@uhy.com.

UHY is a member of the Forum of Firms, an association of international networks of accounting firms. For additional information on the Forum of Firms, visit www.forumoffirms.org.

UHY is an international association of independent accounting and consultancy firms, whose organizing body is Urbach Hacker Young International Limited, a UK company. Each member of UHY is a separate and independent firm. Services to clients are provided by the UHY member firms and not by Urbach Hacker Young International Limited. Neither Urbach Hacker Young International Limited nor any member of UHY has any liability for services provided by other members.

UHY Advisors Names Steve McCarty as New CEO

UHY Advisors (“UHY”), a leading national accounting, tax and consulting firm, today announced that Steven McCarty has been elected CEO, effective January 1, 2019. McCarty succeeds Tony Frabotta as CEO, with Frabotta assuming the role of chairman. McCarty led the firm’s Corporate Finance line of business and was the industry service leader for the Professional Employer Organization practice at UHY. He is a member of the firm’s Board of Directors and the Michigan Region Executive Committee.

“Steve has been with UHY nearly 27 years and has proven himself as an exceptional colleague, industry professional and leader within the firm,” said Tony Frabotta, outgoing CEO. “Steve has been a trusted confidant to clients and an active participant in the local communities which UHY serves. As the leader of our Corporate Finance practice, he has been instrumental in building that service line and participating in hundreds of middle-market transactions. We are proud to have Steve step up and lead UHY’s innovation and growth on a national level.”

“I am grateful to our Board for putting their trust in me to lead UHY’s national operations,” said Steven McCarty. “Our firm is growing while the accounting profession as a whole is consolidating. Tony Frabotta has done a masterful job building UHY partner unity and creating a strong marketing mentality.” McCarty started his career at UHY in the tax department, transitioned to the audit practice and most recently, chaired the firm’s Transaction Services and Corporate Finance Group. “I look forward to focusing on the development of our associates and expanding our UHY footprint,” said McCarty. “UHY has a solid middle market reputation and when coupled with our international reach, we are uniquely positioned to grow around the US and abroad.”

Focusing on closely-held middle-market businesses, private equity owned portfolio companies and the mid-cap public marketplace, McCarty has experience advising clients on comprehensive tax, audit and business consulting solutions around the country. He has completed numerous business transactions including deal negotiations, buy and sell side strategy, due diligence, quality of earnings reports, financial analysis and modeling, tax strategies, valuations and financing.

McCarty is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and a licensed CPA in Florida and Michigan.

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UHY Advisors, Inc. provides tax and business consulting services through wholly owned subsidiary entities that operate under the name of “UHY Advisors.” UHY LLP is a licensed independent CPA firm that performs attest services in an alternative practice structure with UHY Advisors, Inc. and its subsidiary entities. UHY Advisors, Inc. and its subsidiary entities are not licensed CPA firms. UHY Advisors, Inc. and UHY LLP are US members of UHYI, a UK company, and form part of the international UHYI network of legally independent accounting and consulting firms. “UHY” is the brand name for the UHYI international network. Any services described herein are provided by UHY Advisors, Inc. and/or UHY LLP (as the case may be) and not by UHYI or any other member firm of UHYI. Neither UHYI nor any member of UHYI has any liability for services provided by other members.

UHY Elects Rick David, Chief Operating Officer of US Member Firm as New Chairman

UHY, the international accounting and consultancy network, has appointed the Chief Operating Officer of US member firm UHY Advisors, Inc., Rick David, as the new chairman of UHY.

Rick started his career in the audit practice of one of the ‘Big Four,’ where he practiced for 30 years. He joined the UHY Board of Directors in October 2012 and currently serves as the treasurer of UHY.

As well as being a well-respected auditor and business adviser, Rick also has experience as an accountancy profession regulator and standard setter.

During his more than 40-years’ experience in the industry, Rick has worked with a wide range of clients from multinational corporations to smaller entrepreneurial enterprises. He also contributed to the accounting profession through his service on the Michigan State Board of Accountancy and the Professional Ethics Executive Committee of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

Rick comments: “Being chairman of one of the largest accounting and consultancy networks in the world presents a really exciting opportunity.”

“We are already seeing a large increase in cross-border work coming to the network and that is something that we intend to build on. More of our clients want our member firms to represent them globally and that is what this network facilitates.”

One of Rick’s key priorities during his time as chairman is to expand on the strong links between the member firms across the UHY network and will look to build on the increased flow in referral work between countries to enhance the knowledge shared between local offices. This includes expertise in many newer technological developments taking place in the industry.

Says Rick: “The growth in innovative new accounting practices, integrating AI and data analytics for example, are opening up a range of possibilities for the profession – to do work more efficiently and rigorously. These developments have the potential to lead to dramatic improvements in the audit process.”

“The UHY network gives member firms the opportunity to share knowledge of new developments with offices across the world. Utilising these links also allows us to develop the next generation of leaders in the industry.”

“With a more globalized and connected world than ever, the industry has to ‘think local, go global.’ The UHY network is a key vehicle to help us build relationships with clients and serve them by tapping into that wider bank of expertise across the world.”

Rick takes over as Chairman from Bernard Fay, managing partner at UHY Fay & Co, UHY’s Spanish member firm and one of the top 20 leading firms in Spain.

About UHY LLP
UHY LLP is a licensed independent CPA firm that performs attest services in an alternative practice structure with UHY Advisors, Inc. and its subsidiary entities. UHY Advisors, Inc. provides tax and business consulting services through wholly owned subsidiary entities that operate under the name of “UHY Advisors.” UHY Advisors, Inc. and its subsidiary entities are not licensed CPA firms. UHY LLP and UHY Advisors, Inc. are US members of Urbach Hacker Young International Limited, a UK company, and form part of the international UHY network of legally independent accounting and consulting firms. “UHY” is the brand name for the UHY international network. Any services described herein are provided by UHY LLP and/or UHY Advisors (as the case may be) and not by UHY or any other member firm of UHY. Neither UHY nor any member of UHY has any liability for services provided by other members.

About UHY, the network
Established in 1986 and based in London, UK, UHY is a leading network of independent audit, accounting, tax and consulting firms with offices in over 325 major business centres across more than 95 countries. Our staff members, over 7,850 strong, are proud to be part of the 16th largest international accounting and consultancy network. Each member of UHY is a legally separate and independent firm. For further information on UHY please go to www.uhy.com.

UHY press contact: Dominique Maeremans on +44 20 7767 2621 Email: d.maeremans@uhy.com.

UHY is a member of the Forum of Firms, an association of international networks of accounting firms. For additional information on the Forum of Firms, visit www.forumoffirms.org.

UHY is an international association of independent accounting and consultancy firms, whose organizing body is Urbach Hacker Young International Limited, a UK company. Each member of UHY is a separate and independent firm. Services to clients are provided by the UHY member firms and not by Urbach Hacker Young International Limited. Neither Urbach Hacker Young International Limited nor any member of UHY has any liability for services provided by other members.

UHY Advisors CEO Tony Frabotta Receives Distinguished Service Award from MICPA

National Chairman and CEO of UHY Advisors, one of the country’s largest professional service firms, Anthony P. Frabotta was recognized with The Distinguished Service Award from the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants during their annual awards gala at Suburban Collection Showplace.

The Distinguished Service Award is presented to those who have made significant contributions to the accounting profession. Honorees have shown exceptional leadership and service, making a lasting impact in their industry and their communities.

“As a true advocate for the profession, Tony has mentored hundreds of young CPAs, both at the firm and on the campus of Wayne State”, said Guy Gordon, WJR radio host and the emcee for the night. “Beyond the profession, Tony is a strong supporter of Detroit and its surrounding communities through involvement in several area charities”

Frabotta began his career with the firm in 1974 and has held many leadership roles during his tenure. Even as he advanced through the ranks, he has never wavered in his belief of giving back to your community. To instill these same beliefs in his team, he helped establish UHY Cares, a nonprofit organization run exclusively by employees. Over the entirety of his 44 year career, Tony has been an inspiration to all those he encounters and an outstanding leader in the MICPA family.

Among other honorees receiving awards last night were Governor Rick Snyder who received the Distinguished Achievement Award and UHY Advisors Chris Peterson, who was recognized as the Outgoing Fraud Task Force Chair.

About UHY LLP
UHY LLP, a licensed CPA firm, provides audit and other attest services to publicly traded, privately owned and nonprofit organizations in a number of industry sectors. UHY Advisors provides tax and advisory services to entrepreneurial and other organizations, principally those enterprises in the dynamic middle market.

UHY LLP, operating in an alternative practice structure with UHY Advisors, forms one of the largest professional services firms in the US. While that scale might provide confidence for some clients, others tell us our greatest value is the way we bring these resources to bear to help address today’s evolving business challenges. It’s a philosophy we call “The Next Level of Service”. To learn more visit www.uhy-us.com.

All of the above entities are members of UHY International (“UHYI”), a worldwide network of independent professional services firms that provide audit, tax and advisory services around the globe. UHYI is ranked among the top international accountancy networks and a proud member in good standing of the Forum of Firms. Collectively, our US operating entities (UHY LLP and UHY Advisors) are the largest independent members of UHYI with significant participation, bringing the power of our international network to serve the individualized needs of our clients.

About MICPA
The Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants is the leading statewide professional organization dedicated to promoting and enhancing the value of the CPA profession. Our more than 18,000 members work in business, education, government and public accounting. Established in 1901, MICPA members serve as trusted advisors for businesses and individuals while embracing the highest standards of professional and ethical performance. For more information, visit www.micpa.org.

UHY International Meeting Heads to Detroit – Largest Gathering of Leadership in Firm’s History

UHY Advisors and UHY LLP are proud to welcome members from UHY International, one of the largest global accounting and consultancy networks in the world, to the Motor City for the 2018 International Members Meeting at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel in downtown Detroit. The meeting will be the largest gathering of UHY International partners in history with representatives from over 95 countries coming together to conduct business, gain education and experience the great comeback in Detroit.

“Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac discovered Detroit in 1701”, said Rick David, treasurer of UHY International and COO of the host firm, UHY Advisors at the most recent members meeting in Paris, France. “Now we invite our UHY International members to discover Detroit for themselves as the meeting moves from Paris to Detroit in 2018.”

Previous International Meetings have been held in: Brussels, London, Munich, Paris, and Singapore to name a few. Additionally, UHY Advisors will be concurrently hosting their National Leadership Conference.

“Combining our National Leadership Conference with the UHY International meeting in Detroit is a great opportunity for both our national and international partners” said Tony Frabotta, CEO of UHY Advisors. “Hosting these meetings together will allow everyone to experience the comeback of the Motor City first hand and build collaboration among our international colleagues”.

“We were very interested in coming to Detroit to experience their well-known renaissance first hand. Our members from around the world asked that we consider Detroit as the site of our annual meeting and we are grateful that our member firm in the US, UHY Advisors, accepted the role as host for our upcoming event” said Bernard Fay, chairman of UHY International. “With all of the buzz surrounding Detroit, this is the perfect time”.

Outside of business meetings, both domestic and international guests will get to experience Detroit staples like dinner at American Coney Island, and visits to Belle Isle, Detroit Institute of Arts, Henry Ford Museum and much more.

UHY International is the 16th largest international audit, accounting, tax and consultancy networks by fee income with offices in over 325 business centers across the world.

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About UHY LLP
UHY LLP, a licensed CPA firm, provides audit and other attest services to publicly traded, privately owned and nonprofit organizations in a number of industry sectors. UHY Advisors provides tax and advisory services to entrepreneurial and other organizations, principally those enterprises in the dynamic middle market.

UHY LLP, operating in an alternative practice structure with UHY Advisors, forms one of the largest professional services firms in the US. While that scale might provide confidence for some clients, others tell us our greatest value is the way we bring these resources to bear to help address today’s evolving business challenges. It’s a philosophy we call “The Next Level of Service”. To learn more visit www.uhy-us.com.

All of the above entities are members of UHY International (“UHYI”), a worldwide network of independent professional services firms that provide audit, tax and advisory services around the globe. UHYI is ranked among the top international accountancy networks and a proud member in good standing of the Forum of Firms. Collectively, our US operating entities (UHY LLP and UHY Advisors) are the largest independent members of UHYI with significant participation, bringing the power of our international network to serve the individualized needs of our clients.

Five Years After Bankruptcy: See How Detroit Is Transforming

When the city of Detroit filed its historic bankruptcy, the Detroit Regional Chamber was one of the first organizations to openly support the decision as the only realistic way to resolve the city’s systemic issues and become globally competitive again. Watch Chamber President and CEO Sandy Baruah’s 2013 interview about Detroit’s bankruptcy on CNBC.

“Bankruptcy is the bold step needed to finally address Detroit’s financial problems in a meaningful and sustainable way. While nobody welcomes the concept of bankruptcy, it is necessary to solve the long-term structural financial challenges of this historic city. This decision puts the city on a path to achieve its most essential function – providing Detroiters the services they deserve – and sets the stage for a growing, vibrant Detroit,” Baruah said at the time.

Today, the city is experiencing an unprecedented rebirth on the world stage. From a bustling restaurant scene and a growing tech entrepreneurial ecosystem to multimillion-dollar development downtown and growth in the city’s neighborhoods.

Here are just some ways the city has transformed itself into a dynamic urban community in recent years:

1. Look at the Data:

  • Attracting Talent: The city’s population between the ages of 25 and 29 has seen the largest growth at 24 percent. Since 2013, millennials with a bachelor’s degree or higher in downtown grew by 91 percent.
  • Jobs: Detroit added nearly 12,000 jobs.
  • Unemployment: The unemployment rate for the city of Detroit for 2017 was 9.3 percent, down from 18.9 percent in 2013.
  • Office Space: Office vacancy rates for Detroit/the Pointes submarket is 8.1 percent, down 8.3 percent from a vacancy rate of 16.4 percent five years ago. Office vacancy rates in the Central Business District declined to 7.8 percent.

2. Follow the Investment: 

  • Large Projects: $5.6 billion in major investment in the past five years (2013-2017). This includes announced, planned, under construction and completed projects of $5 million and above. Milestone projects include: Beacon Park, the QLine Detroit, The District Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena, Ford Train Station, and the Hudson Site.
  • New Retail, Restaurants, Bar Openings: There are 1,105 new retail establishments and 540 new restaurants and bars with a founding date of 2010 and 2018. Source: DnB.
  • Major Businesses: Fifth Third Bank, Ally Financial and Microsoft all opened headquarters in downtown. Two of the largest automotive seat makers in the world and Lear Corp. moved operations into the city. ArcelorMittal, a global steel company, moved into the I-94 Industrial Corridor.

3. Explore the Human Impact:

  • Pathways to College: Detroit became the first major city to guarantee a tuition-free path to college through the Chamber’s Detroit Promise scholarship program.
  • Connections to the Workforce: 8,000 Detroit youth placed in jobs this summer through the Grow Detroit’s Young Talent internship program.
  • A Safer Detroit: Project Greenlight received national attention for its success in reducing crime with nearly 300 businesses participating to date.

4. Tally the Rankings:

  • Detroit selected for Forbes’ Opportunity Cities – September 2014
  • Detroit ranked “18th Most Walkable Large City in the United States” – April 2015
  • Detroit ranked “Best American City for Sports Travel” by Hotels.com – March 2015
  • Detroit designated “Talent Hub” by Lumina Foundation – May 2018

5. Read the National Headlines:

UHY Advisors Appoints Eight New Managing Directors, Two from Michigan Practice

UHY Advisors, Inc. (“UHY Advisors”), one of the nation’s leading professional services firms, announced the appointment of eight new managing directors: Thomas Bowen, Daniel Felstow, Amy Gallagher, Jeffrey Hare, Michael Kirby, Corey Massella, Bill Rausch and Warren Zafrin. Bowen and Felstow are both based in Michigan.

Additionally, UHY Advisors Michigan, Inc. promoted 56 other employees, including five principals: Marlene Beach, Alex Conti, Nichole Haviaras, Carolyn Johnson and Bob Kendall.

The firm’s Michigan practice is the fifth largest accounting firm in southeast Michigan with over 350 employees and celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

Thomas Bowen is a managing director of UHY Advisors MI, Inc. and partner of UHY LLP. Mr. Bowen manages a team of professionals dedicated to providing high quality attest, tax and consulting services to a diverse client base in the manufacturing and distribution, real estate, construction and professional services industries. He works closely with business owners, CFOs and controllers in developing and implementing innovative business strategies to minimize risk, maximize profits, preserve wealth and reduce taxes. Mr. Bowen received his B.S. in Accounting Information Systems from Eastern Michigan University and is a licensed CPA in the state of Michigan. He has been with the firm and its predecessors since 1990.

Daniel Felstow is a managing director of UHY Advisors MI, Inc. and partner of UHY LLP. Mr. Felstow built his practice in the manufacturing and construction industries as well as co-leads the firm’s national auto dealership consulting group. He specializes in estate tax and business succession planning, tax strategies, financing assistance and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Felstow received his B.S. in Accounting from Oakland University and is a licensed CPA in the state of Michigan. He is on the board of directors for the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry and a member of the Kiwanis Club of Utica-Shelby Township. Mr. Felstow is the chairperson for the MICPA’s Automotive Dealers Task Force and actively involved in the Driving Force Auto Dealer Consulting Group, a national network of professional services firms that provide integrated tax, accounting and business consulting solutions to automotive dealers. He has been with the firm and its predecessors since 1988.


About UHY Advisors
UHY Advisors provides tax and advisory services to entrepreneurial and other organizations, principally those enterprises in the dynamic middle market. UHY LLP, a licensed CPA firm, provides audit and other attest services to publicly traded, privately owned and nonprofit organizations in a number of industry sectors. UHY Advisors, operating in an alternative practice structure with UHY LLP, forms one of the largest professional services firms in the US. While that scale might provide confidence for some clients, others tell us our greatest value is the way we bring these resources to bear to help address today’s evolving business challenges. It’s a philosophy we call “The Next Level of Service”. To learn more visit www.uhy-us.com.

All of the above entities are members of Urbach Hacker Young International Limited (“UHYI”), a worldwide network of independent professional services firms that provide audit, tax and advisory services around the globe. UHYI is ranked among the top international accountancy networks and a proud member in good standing of the Forum of Firms. Collectively, the US operating entities (UHY Advisors and UHY LLP) are the largest independent members of UHYI with significant participation, bringing the power of the international network to serve the individualized needs of US clients.

UHY Advisors, Inc. provides tax and business consulting services through wholly owned subsidiary entities that operate under the name of “UHY Advisors.” UHY LLP is a licensed independent CPA firm that performs attest services in an alternative practice structure with UHY Advisors, Inc. and its subsidiary entities. UHY Advisors, Inc. and its subsidiary entities are not licensed CPA firms. UHY Advisors, Inc. and UHY LLP are US members of UHYI, a UK company, and form part of the international UHYI network of legally independent accounting and consulting firms. “UHY” is the brand name for the UHYI international network. Any services described herein are provided by UHY Advisors, Inc. and/or UHY LLP (as the case may be) and not by UHYI or any other member firm of UHYI. Neither UHYI nor any member of UHYI has any liability for services provided by other members.

Growth in Bank Lending to US Businesses Since the Credit Crunch just Over Half World Average, Hampering Return to Economic Growth

Bank lending to the private sector in the US is just 14 percent higher in the last year than it was before the financial crisis – compared to a global average of 24 percent – hampering the return to economic growth, reveals a new study by UHY, the international accounting and consultancy network.

According to UHY, in 2016 a total of $9.6 trillion was lent to businesses in the US – down from $8.4 trillion in 2008.

By contrast, on average across all the 24 countries studied around the world, private sector bank lending increased by 24 percent over the same period in absolute terms.

European economies generally are among the worst affected. Private sector bank lending was on average 25 percent lower last year than pre-credit crunch across the European countries studied, with a total of $12.2 trillion lent to those businesses in 2016 – down from $16.3 trillion in 2008.

UHY says that countries like Spain and Ireland which were hardest hit by the banking crisis are seeing the slowest recovery in private sector credit.

Bank lending to the private sector in Ireland is 69 percent below 2008 levels ($148 billion in 2016, down from $475 billion), while in Spain, it is 51 percent lower ($1.3 trillion down from $2.7 trillion).

Even in Germany, widely seen as the economic powerhouse of Europe, there was a 21 percent decrease, falling to $2.6 trillion last year from $3.3 trillion in 2008.

Eric Hananel, of UHY’s US member firm UHY Advisors, comments: “Almost a decade on from the global financial crisis, many US small and medium-sized businesses are still suffering from a shortage of credit.”

“As regulators have forced banks to shore up their balance sheets and reduce risk, many SMEs have found their access to lending severely curtailed. While some larger companies may have been able to get around this by accessing the bond market, smaller businesses are unlikely to have that option.”

“Without the capital expenditure they need to fund investment, businesses will struggle to capitalise on growth opportunities or drive innovation, ultimately risking losing ground to global competitors.”

“The US Government is increasingly looking to boost lending. As an incentive to accelerate business growth, as well as incrementally increase the amount of business borrowing, current efforts are underway to adjust the Foreign Tax Scheme to allow for the repatriation of foreign cash balances back to the US.”

G7 economies lag well behind BRICs
UHY adds that the G7 group of leading world economies is also lagging behind – while BRICs economies power ahead. On average, the G7 saw a 1 percent decrease in real terms over the period, whereas BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India, China) enjoyed an average increase of 209 percent.

China topped the UHY table, with bank lending to the private sector jumping 270 percent between 2008 and 2016.

Eric Hananel says, “It’s debateable whether the appetite to lend to BRICs and other emerging economies is sustainable, as debt levels increase while economic growth slows in countries like China. Scrutiny of companies’ ability to service their borrowing will be increasingly intense.”

“What’s more, if interest rates – particularly in the US – were to rise that could put the brakes on lending to both developed and emerging economies, as companies think twice about taking on more expensive borrowing.”

Amount of Bank lending to the private sector in USD

Country Bank lending to the private sector 2008 ($ billions) Bank lending to the private sector 2016 ($ billions) % Change from 2008-2016
China $4,570 $16,890 270.0%
BRIC $6,460 $19,940 208.9%
India $590 $1,100 97.7%
Brazil $690 $1,180 71.1%
Malaysia $240 $390 65.0%
Argentina $40 $60 54.9%
Canada $70 $1,710 45.5%
Mexico $120 $180 44.8%
Israel $140 $200 43.6%
Australia $1,250 $1,790 42.5%
New Zealand $200 $270 37.6%
World $39,520 $51,360 23.9%
Poland $220 $250 14.8%
Russia $610 $700 14.6%
US $8,380 $9,560 14.0%
Japan $5,240 $5,240 0.2%
G7 $25,540 $25,280 -1.0%
France $2,570 $2,300 -10.6%
Belgium $340 $290 -14.0%
Netherlands $1,060 $860 -19.2%
UK $2,870 $2,290 -20.3%
Italy $1,970 $1,560 -21.0%
Germany $3,330 $2,620 -21.4%
Denmark $670 $520 -21.6%
Europe $16,280 $12,220 -24.9%
Romania $70 $50 -26.3%
Spain $2,710 $1,340 -50.6%
Ireland $480 $150 -68.9%

Bank lending to the private sector as a percentage of GDP

Country % Change from 2008-2016
China 50.5%
Brazil 46.2%
Canada 45.1%
Russia 40.9%
BRIC 38.9%
Mexico 31.8%
Malaysia 30.2%
Poland 28.1%
Australia 14.7%
India 9.9%
Argentina 9.3%
France 8.8%
Japan 6.8%
Italy 4.8%
New Zealand 0.7%
Netherlands 0.2%
Belgium -1.6%
Israel -1.9%
World -3.5%
Denmark -7.5%
US -8.8%
UK -10.3%
Germany -12.1%
G7 -14.6%
Europe -16.9%
Romania -23.7%
Spain -32.5%
Ireland -69.1%


About UHY LLP
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