April 15: Chamber Congratulates Free Press’ Stephen Henderson for Winning 2014 Pulitzer Prize; Former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels to Speak at Mackinac Policy Conference

Congratulations to Detroit Free Press’ Stephen Henderson for Winning 2014 Pulitzer Prize

The Detroit Regional Chamber congratulates Stephen Henderson of the Detroit Free Press for winning the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for commentary. Henderson’s work in the Free Press examining Detroit’s fiscal crisis heading into a historic bankruptcy demonstrates the critical role that media leaders play in the community. The award confirms for a national audience what the Detroit region sees every day – Henderson is a unique talent who performs at the top of his trade. The city, region and state are better off due to his work and leadership.

The Chamber is proud to call Stephen a friend and congratulate him, his family and his colleagues at the Free Press on this amazing and well-deserved accomplishment.

Former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels Added as Mackinac Policy Conference Keynote, May 29

The Chamber has added Mitch Daniels, former Governor of Indiana and current president of Purdue University, as a keynote speaker at the 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference on Thursday, May 29 at Grand Hotel. The Conference, taking place from May 27-30, will highlight the pillars of entrepreneurship, education and impact.

Following his two terms as the highly acclaimed Governor of Indiana, Daniels became president of Purdue University in 2013. Since taking office, he announced ten initiatives as major priorities of his administration, known as “Purdue Moves,” focusing on STEM leadership, world-changing research, transformative education, and affordability and accessibility. He has pledged to keep a Purdue education within reach for students and their families, and has enacted a two-year tuition freeze with plans to extend that freeze through at least 2015-16.

Daniels joins a growing lineup of impactful Conference speakers, including:

  • Jim Clifton, Chairman and CEO, Gallup Inc.; Author, “The Coming Jobs War”
  • Mike Duggan, Mayor, City of Detroit
  • Malcolm Gladwell, Author, “David and Goliath”
  • Joel Klein, CEO, Educational Division, News Corporation; Former Chancellor, New York City Department of Education
  • Kevyn Orr, Emergency Manager, City of Detroit
  • Rick Snyder, Governor, State of Michigan

To view more information on the Conference, including agenda updates and speaker biographies, and to register, click here.

Gov. Snyder Signs Chamber-Supported Scrap Metal Legislation Into Law

Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation advocated by the Chamber that will curb the efforts of scrap metal thieves to cash in on stolen items. The signing of the Scrap Metal Regulatory Act completes a nearly four-year effort to combat scrap metal theft, widely cited as a motive for destructive vandalism in Detroit.

The legislation originally passed the Michigan House of Representatives with a 98-12 vote, as well as the Senate, approved 31 votes to six. The Chamber advocacy team has been a long-time supporter of the passage of a substantive piece of legislation and tougher scrap metal regulations, as has Mayor Mike Duggan, the Detroit Crime Commission and the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police.

In Michigan, especially Detroit, thieves have targeted abandoned dwellings, construction sites and even occupied premises to strip copper wiring, plumbing and air conditioners.

Legislation will regulate the sales of stolen catalytic converters, copper wire and air conditioning units by prohibiting scrapyards from offering cash payments greater than $25. It also requires scrapyards to take pictures of their customers and add them to a database, making it easier for police to track down thieves. To read more about the impact of the bill, click here.

Registration Now Open for ‘THE BIG M’ Event at Cobo Center, June 9-12

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers’ THE BIG M event, to be held from June 9-12 at Cobo Center, will showcase the latest in advanced manufacturing trends to inform industry leaders and educators. The Chamber is a strategic partner for the event, continuing its efforts to promote the region as the worldwide leader in automotive manufacturing.

THE BIG M event is positioned to highlight and educate on key manufacturing topics through exhibits, conference sessions featuring industry experts, company tours and demonstrations. It will showcase advanced technologies and processes, such as cybersecurity, advanced materials, 3-D printing and modeling. Attendees will hear speakers from General Electric, Ford, Steelcase, Siemens AG and Dow Chemical, among others, as the event communicates a strong message to the marketplace about innovation and technology. For more information on the event and to register, click here.

IPS Technology Services Wins a SharePoint Consulting Contract from a $1B+ Global Automotive Lighting Manufacturer

TROY, Mich., April 11, 2014 — IPS Technology Services was recently awarded a SharePoint consulting contract by a $1B+ global automotive lighting manufacturer headquartered in southeast Michigan.

Under this contract, IPS will conduct an evaluation of the client’s operations to determine the best application strategy for the new SharePoint software. Following this assessment, IPS Technology Services will implement and support a SharePoint system capable of consolidating the client’s documents, workflows and other related components.

“SharePoint administration is a large component of what we do here at IPS Technology Services,” founder Pradip Sengupta says, “Helping our clients to integrate their workflows and paperwork allows them to communicate and organize their day-to-day operations much more effectively. It is rewarding to see the process unfold as we deliver real solutions to our clients.”

About IPS Technology Services

IPS Technology Services provides end-to-end IT services to the Small and Medium Businesses (SMB) marketplace. IPS develops custom applications using state of the art tools such as .Net, C#, VB, SaaS, SOA, Oracle, SQL Server, and/or by using third party software. IPS provides IT services in the following six areas:

1. IT Staffing (SharePoint, Oracle, Java, Dot Net, SQL Server, SAP, PM)
2. Technology Consulting, SharePoint, Enterprise Architecture, Best Practices
3. Web based Enterprise and Mobile Application Development and Integration
4. Healthcare IT with EHR and Practice Management implementation
5. Engineering IT services
6. Website development, Digital Marketing, and Social Media

For more information on IPS Technology Services, please call 248-526-9000 or click www.ipstechnologyservices.com.

Walsh College Trustees Approve $15 Million Improvement Project To Enhance Business Student Learning Experiences

The Walsh College Board of Trustees has formally approved a $15 million improvement to the College’s original campus building on Livernois Road, enhancing business student learning experiences and strengthening their success potential in the global marketplace.

The project will include a two-story, 27,000 square-foot renovation and addition to Walsh’s original campus building, built in the 1970s, and a 28,000 square-foot renovation to existing interior spaces. The addition will encompass distinct pavilions with a business-communication focused student success center, a student lounge, and a “one-stop” student services center.

Construction is expected to take 18 months with an anticipated starting date in late summer 2014. A combination of investment and capital funds and financing supports the project’s funding, as well as philanthropic giving from alumni and other friends. Donor-naming opportunities for the project are available.

The modern, fresh façade will reflect Walsh’s premier bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and certificate business programs. Stone, metal panel, and brick will be used to express permanence and create continuity with the College’s last addition, the 37,000 square-foot Jeffrey W. Barry Center, completed in 2007.

“This initiative underscores Walsh College’s long-term commitment to the growth and vibrancy that we see in southeast Michigan and Troy,” said Stephanie Bergeron, president and CEO. “The improvements represent our high-quality educational programs, meet the needs of today’s students, and put a contemporary face on the Walsh College business brand.”

The technologically advanced student success center underscores Walsh’s response to employers and students demanding more focus on the development of business-communication skills critical to leadership roles.

It will allow students to practice and record presentations in various digital and electronic formats, provide work stations and presentation areas, simulate leading workplace environments, and offer video conferencing capabilities.

A student lounge will have a modern, interactive meeting space ideal for collaboration and additional study areas. The student services center will house departments ranging from admissions to career counseling. It will provide efficient, “one stop” service and increased privacy for students meeting with Walsh advisors. Walsh’s student body now totals 4,200, nearly evenly divided between men and women. More than 91 percent attend part-time. About 83 percent of the College’s 26,000 alumni live in Michigan.

Walsh intends to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification on the new project. The Barry Center is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certified. The goal of LEED is to make sure building performance meets the environmental needs of the community and the building itself, maintaining a more eco-friendly design.

Other recent building renovations at Walsh College’s Troy campus have included the Blackstone LaunchPad in 2010, a Barnes and Noble bookstore in 2012, and a Finance Lab in 2013.

The architect for the latest improvement project is Valerio Dewalt Train Associates (VDTA), which also designed the Barry Center.

For more information, go to www.walshcollege.edu/TroyRenovation.

Founded in 1922, Walsh College is a private, not for profit institution offering upper-division undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees and certificate programs. One of southeast Michigan’s largest business schools, Walsh has locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township, and Port Huron, as well as online. Walsh’s business services division offers the Walsh Institute, which provides solutions for businesses through training, continuing education, and consulting.

Walsh is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (www.ncahlc.org; phone: 312-263-0456) and the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE, www.iacbe.org). The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP, www.acbsp.org) accredits specific degree programs.

Brinks shareholder to serve as panelist for April 24 USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board America Invents Act Trial Roundtable

ANN ARBOR— April 11, 2014 – Jon Beaupré, a shareholder in the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., has been selected to serve as a panelist at the April 24 United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Patent Trial and Appeal Board America Invents Act (AIA) Trial Roundtable, to be held on the campus of Cooley Law School in Auburn Hills, Mich.

The roundtable is one of eight being hosted nationwide from April through May to share information about the new AIA trials, including statistics, lessons learned and techniques for successful motions practice. The roundtables serve as a way for the USPTO to receive feedback about the trials on Inter Partes reviews, post grant reviews, covered business method reviews and derivations; the panel discussion aims to elicit public input.

At Brinks, Beaupré represents large multinational entities, as well as small corporations, in a variety of areas. He specializes in patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret and unfair competition law in a broad range of technologies including mechanical engineering, medical devices, wireless technology, software technology, business methods and industrial mechanical devices. He also prepares and prosecutes patents, manages patent portfolios and counsels clients regarding various patent issues.

Beaupré’s litigation experience includes trials, preliminary injunction hearings, Markman hearings, summary judgment proceedings, and all aspects of fact and expert witness discovery, as well as reexamination and Inter Partes review proceedings. He has represented clients before the USPTO, the International Trade Commission and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

To learn more about the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board AIA Roundtable series, please visit http://www.uspto.gov/ip/boards/bpai/ptab_aia_trial_roundtables_2014.jsp.

Brinks Gilson & Lione
Brinks Gilson & Lione has 160 attorneys, scientific advisors and patent agents who specialize in intellectual property, making it one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S. Clients around the world use Brinks to help them identify, protect, manage and enforce their intellectual property. Brinks lawyers provide expertise in all aspects of patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret and copyright law. The Brinks team includes lawyers with advanced degrees in all fields of technology and science. Based in Chicago, Brinks has offices in Washington, D.C., Research Triangle Park, N.C., Ann Arbor, Detroit, Salt Lake City and Indianapolis. More information is at www.brinksgilson.com.

Plante Moran partner receives national Being a Difference award from NASBA Center for the Public Trust

Southfield, Mich. – April 10, 2014 – Plante Moran, one of the nation’s largest certified public accounting and business advisory firms, announced that Beth Bialy, CPA, leader of the firm’s governmental practice, received the prestigious Being a Difference award from the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy Center for the Public Trust.

Bialy was presented the award by CPT Founder, David Costello and CPT President, Alfonzo Alexander at a breakfast banquet at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial in Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich. hosted by the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants.

Bialy, who joined Plante Moran in 1985 and became a partner in 1998, is based in the firm’s Southfield office. She leads a team of 200 governmental auditors who specialize in local government auditing and consulting. Bialy coordinates the ongoing audit engagements and A-133 compliance audits for more than 400 cities, counties, townships and special purpose government entities.

The CPT’s Being a Difference award was established in 2006 and honors four individuals annually for their exceptional contributions to ethical leadership in business as well as community impact. Recipients are selected by a national committee focused on identifying individuals who go beyond their expected responsibilities to be a positive influence in their professional and personal endeavors.

Bialy was nominated by Plante Moran Managing Partner Gordon Krater. According to her colleagues, she has consistently demonstrated unwavering integrity. Bialy has also served as chair of the Michigan State Board of Accountancy under the appointment of two governors. Under her leadership, the MSBA added whistleblower protection policies and made unlicensed activity a felony.

“I nominated Beth because of her leadership not only within Plante Moran but also in the numerous organizations she is involved with,” Krater said. “She is committed to personal growth; she is incredibly efficient and balanced in both her challenging career and roles outside of work and extremely deserving of this award.”

Bialy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Wayne State University. She is a founding member of Plante Moran’s Women in Leadership initiative; a member of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy, Michigan State Board of Accountancy – immediate past chair, Government Finance Officers Association, Ohio Government Finance Officers Association, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants, Wayne County Treasurers Association, Michigan Government Finance Officers Association board member, Michigan Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems and Metropolitan Affairs Coalition. She is often asked to speak to clients, their councils and boards on a variety of topics specific to governments, such as the Michigan Association of Public Employees Retirement Systems.

About the NASBA Center for the Public Trust (CPT)
The NASBA Center for the Public Trust (CPT) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to champion the public trust by advancing ethical leadership in business, institutions and organizations. Learn more at http://www.centerforpublictrust.org.

About Plante Moran
Celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2014, Plante Moran (www.plantemoran.com) is one of the country’s largest certified public accounting and business advisory firms, providing clients with tax, audit, risk management, financial, technology, business consulting and wealth management services. Plante Moran has 22 offices and a staff of more than 2,000 professionals throughout Michigan, Ohio and Illinois, with international offices in Shanghai; Monterrey, Mexico; and Mumbai, India. Plante Moran has been recognized by a number of organizations, including FORTUNE magazine, as one of the country’s best places to work.

April 9: Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr to Speak at Mackinac Policy Conference; Chamber Seeks Feedback on Minimum Wage Increase

Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr to Discuss Detroit Progression in Mackinac Policy Conference Keynote, May 30

Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr has been added to the 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference ticket, as he will talk about Detroit’s progression through bankruptcy on Friday, May 30 at Grand Hotel. The Conference will highlight the pillars of entrepreneurship, education and impact.

Orr will discuss the headway that has been made in Detroit since his appointment in March 2013 and the objectives that lie ahead to position the city for success moving forward. In advance of his expected departure this fall, Orr will give insight into the short and long-term vision for Detroit’s sustained growth, as well as the blueprint it provides for municipalities around the nation facing similar challenges.

Orr joins a growing lineup of impactful Conference speakers that includes:

  • Jim Clifton, Chairman and CEO, Gallup Inc.; Author, “The Coming Jobs War”
  • Mike Duggan, Mayor, City of Detroit
  • Malcolm Gladwell, Author, “David and Goliath”
  • Joel Klein, CEO, Educational Division, News Corporation; Former Chancellor, New York City Department of Education
  • Rick Snyder, Governor, State of Michigan

To view more information on the Conference, including agenda updates and speaker biographies, and to register, click here.

MICHauto to Hold T-Shirt Photo Contest as Part of SAE International’s JetToy Competition

The Chamber’s MICHauto program is holding a t-shirt photo contest for elementary school students and teachers that participated in SAE International’s eighth annual International JetToy Competition on Wednesday, April 9. The contest will run from April 14-18, with the winner being announced on April 23.

MICHauto provided over 500 elementary students and teachers “Michigan is Auto” t-shirts as a fun way to increase awareness of the automotive field. Classes will tweet photos of themselves wearing the t-shirts using the hashtag #MichiganIsAuto. The class that is selected as the winner will receive a $500 Office Depot gift card.

Student design teams constructed JetToy cars, made of materials such as a chassis, straw, balloon, tape and wheels, and competed in distance, accuracy, weight carrying and timed events. For more information on the competition, click here.

MICHauto Aims to Drive Intelligent Mobility in Michigan, Hosting Event on April 30

MICHauto is hosting the event Driving Intelligent Mobility in Michigan on Wednesday, April 30 to highlight Michigan’s role as a leader in the development and marketing of intelligent transportation technology. The event will take place from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Westin Book Cadillac Detroit.

Industry experts Masa Hasegawa, principal at Deloitte Consulting; Bill Kohler, partner at Clark Hill; and Doug Patton, senior vice president of engineering at DENSO International America, will analyze intelligent mobility and projects its evolution into the mainstream consumer marketplace, review potential roadblocks and discuss Michigan’s role as the industry’s innovative leader. To register, click here.

Brinks’ Post-Grant Patent Practice Group Assists Clients with Expedited Review at USPTO

CHICAGO/DETROIT—April 8, 2014 – In response to the sweeping changes to post-grant proceedings brought about by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA), intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione has established a post-grant patent practice group with deeply experienced patent attorneys who are assisting clients with post-grant reviews.

Brinks’ newest practice group, which numbers 46 attorneys, counsels clients on patent litigation strategies under the provisions of the Act. Brinks also oversees proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).

The AIA, a federal statute that became effective in 2012, establishes new trial procedures and an accelerated timeline for review of the patentability of issued patents at the USPTO. These procedures include post-grant review (PGR), inter partes review (IPR), and a transitional program for reviewing so-called covered business method patents. Brinks attorneys assist with all these proceedings, as well as ex parte reexaminations, derivations and interferences, and supplemental examination.

Shareholders Kelly K. Burris and Marc V. Richards co-chair the new practice group. Burris, who has practiced law for more than 14 years, is also an aeronautical engineer, a pilot, and a U.S. patent holder in the field of fiber optics. Richards, a chemical engineer by degree and a control systems engineer by training, as well as a widely respected authority on patent-related issues, has more than 20 years of legal experience and has published and presented frequently on the subject of patent law. He formerly chaired the firm’s Reexamination and Interference Practice Group, which is now folded into the new practice group.

“The reforms incorporated into AIA collectively represent the most dramatic change to the U.S. patent system in decades. As one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the United States, Brinks is uniquely positioned to advise clients on post-grant proceedings before the USPTO,” said Richards. “Simply put, we’re specialists in prosecuting and litigating patents, and both skill sets are critical to successful post-grant proceedings.”

Added Burris, “Post-grant proceedings are an efficient and effective alternative to district court litigation, requiring a lower burden of proof, offering lower costs, and promising faster results. Brinks’ lawyers can develop strategies for clients based on the new rules for timing and patent eligibility, so they can realize these benefits quickly.” Burris has previously testified before the U.S. Congress with regard to other legislation involving patent protection and heads Brinks’ Detroit office, which is located in the same building as the USPTO’s Detroit Satellite Office.

Brinks recently launched a public web page specifically devoted to post-grant patent practice, to help companies understand the opportunities for challenging or strengthening a patent through a USPTO proceeding, at brinksgilson.com/practice_areas/post-grant-patent-practice-group.

Brinks Gilson & Lione
Brinks Gilson & Lione has 160 attorneys, scientific advisors and patent agents who specialize in intellectual property, making it one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S. Clients around the world use Brinks to help them identify, protect, manage and enforce their intellectual property. Brinks lawyers provide expertise in all aspects of patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret and copyright law. The Brinks team includes lawyers with advanced degrees in all fields of technology and science. Based in Chicago, Brinks has offices in Washington, D.C., Research Triangle Park, N.C., Ann Arbor, Detroit, Salt Lake City and Indianapolis. More information is at www.brinksgilson.com.

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Adam Gold Joins iRule as Vice President of Sales

Detroit based iRule, LLC announces Adam Gold as vice president of sales for iRule and On Controls. On Controls is a leading cloud-based control and automation system for custom integration dealers.

In his new role, Gold will lead sales efforts globally and oversee and develop iRule’s expanding network of representatives. In addition, he will be responsible for building new and maintaining existing customer relationships and sustaining iRule’s commitment to provide end users and professional integrators with a simple user experience and complete customer satisfaction.

Bringing 21 years of experience within the A/V industry to iRule and On Controls, Gold has held a variety of positions with some of the industry’s leading electronics manufacturers such as Crestron, Bose, Mitsubishi and Middle Atlantic Products. His experience includes system integration, channel and partner development and sales management. Gold’s technical background consists of pro audio, projection systems, A/V distribution, lighting controls and residential and commercial automation.

Gold is certified by the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA) and is a Certified Technology Specialist (CTS).

iRule, winner of the CEA 2014 Mark of Excellence Award, was founded by two A/V fans, Itai Ben-Gal and Victor Nemirovsky, when they were looking for an easier way to control a home theater system. It offers a solution to accommodate many components and eliminate the clutter caused by multiple remotes with limited uses.

iRule is a cloud-based software solution coupled with simple hardware which controls any infra-red (IR), RS-232 or Ethernet-enabled audio/video equipment, making it compatible with nearly any system or combination of components. A fully customizable interface allows users to simplify controls, upload their own images and personalize menus to their preferences. iRule is also easily updated to control additional components or to migrate to the latest versions of smartphones and tablets, making it the last remote you’ll ever need.

iRule software is available through Apple’s App Store and Google Play. The iRule gateway package hardware is available at www.iRuleAtHome.com. The company has already sold over 15,000 licenses in 50+ countries via word-of-mouth and online “buzz” among early adopters, home theater professionals and online forums.

About iRule:
iRule is an application that transforms the iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and Android devices into a universal remote control, allowing you full control of audio video gear simply and reliably. Based in downtown Detroit, iRule focuses on a simple user experience that allows non-experts the ability to quickly and easily create a powerful personalized remote. iRule is fully upgradeable and accommodates users’ changing needs.

About On Controls by iRule:
On Controls by iRule is a full control and automation system that leverages the power of iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Android and Amazon Kindle devices. Using our cloud-based programming and file storage along with our wired or Wi-Fi controllers, On Controls by iRule can be used to build any size system on almost any size budget from a basic family entertainment room to an entire estate or from a small home office to a large commercial venue. It is available exclusively through our network of qualified, authorized professional custom integration dealers.

Detroit Economic Club meeting with John Hantz, Matthew Cullen & Glenda Price

Join the Detroit Economic Club for a program and luncheon with guest speakers John Hantz, president and CEO of HantzGroup, Inc., Matthew Cullen, president and CEO of Rock Ventures LLC and M-1 RAIL and Glenda Price, Ph.D., co-chair of Blight Removal Task Force on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. at The Westin Book Cadillac.

Tom Walsh, business columnist at the Detroit Free Press, will lead discourse as moderator as featured guests discuss moving Detroit forward through m-1 streetcar, blight removal and urban farming.

Please visit www.econclub.org for more information on ticket pricing and availability.

Snyder, Orr to speak at Mackinac Policy Conference

From: The Detroit News

By Robert Snell

April 4, 2014

Detroit — The architects of the biggest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr and Gov. Rick Snyder, will speak during the Mackinac Policy Conference next month.

Orr will talk about his work restructuring Detroit’s finances and “what is needed to position the city for success moving forward,” the Detroit Regional Chamber announced Friday.

“Michigan ultimately goes as Detroit goes, and that’s a reality that leaders across Michigan need to embrace,” said Henry Cooney, conference chairman and CEO/president of law firm Plunkett Cooney. “Detroit’s emergence from bankruptcy is critically important to Michigan’s future. Kevyn Orr’s perspective on how to put Detroit on a sustainable path must be central to this statewide discussion about Michigan’s global competitiveness.”

The speaker roster also includes Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.

The conference is focused on creating a more globally competitive and financially attractive business environment in the state