MGM Grand Detroit Employee Named Volunteer of the Year – MGM Resorts International Award Honors Commitment to Community

DETROIT – March 5, 2013 – MGM Grand Detroit employee Stan Filipowski, a count room supervisor, was recently named MGM Resorts International Volunteer of the Year for his demonstrated commitment to building a better community.

The award recognizes each year an outstanding employee at any MGM Resorts International property who volunteers at least 51 hours at nonprofits, working to improve local communities for all people. Award recipients receive a $1,000 grant for their chosen nonprofit.

“We are so proud of Stan and his commitment to metro Detroit, helping to facilitate programs that offer positive developmental activities for local youth,” said Dee Dee McKinney Odom, director of public affairs for MGM Grand Detroit. “The extent of his volunteer work resonated across our company, and it exemplifies the values and goals of MGM Grand Detroit and our focus on youth and education.”

Filipowski’s manager nominated him for the honor for his work with St. Sebastian Church. The Melvindale resident logged more than 250 hours in 2012 as a volunteer coach for the bowling team, part of the Catholic Youth Organization sports program, and as a stagehand for the annual church festival. An avid volunteer, he also has coached girls’ Little League softball for the Melvindale Athletic Club and chaperoned dances at Strong Middle School for nearly a decade.

He will present the $1,000 award check to the Melvindale City Council to benefit Melvindale Junior Football Inc.

“It’s great to be reminded just how dedicated and caring our team members are,” said Steve Zanella, MGM Grand Detroit general manager. “We know they have busy lives, but it’s gratifying to know they also take time to touch the lives of our neighbors.”

MGM Grand Detroit is dedicated to strengthening the communities where it operates and where its team members live. Through its Touching Communities, Touching Lives™ initiatives, MGM Grand Detroit supports five investment areas, including education, youth, arts, diversity and community development, and supports more than 400 charitable events throughout the year.

About MGM Grand Detroit
The only Forbes Four Star hotel and spa in Southeast Michigan and AAA Four Diamond Award-winning hotel, MGM Grand Detroit is the city’s first and only downtown hotel, gaming and entertainment destination built from the ground up. The hotel features 400 chic and stylish guest rooms, including nine rooftop VIP suites and 56 opulent corner suites. Guests enjoy signature and casual restaurants, lounges such as a relaxed piano-style bar, high-energy nightlife, and the only resort-style spa in Southeast Michigan. More than 30,000 square feet of meeting space hosts everything from large corporate events to intimate black-tie affairs. MGM Grand Detroit is a wholly owned subsidiary of MGM Resorts International™ (NYSE: MGM). For more information, visit www.mgmgranddetroit.com or call toll free at (888) 646-3387.

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Gov. Snyder talks Detroit emergency manager, increased spending on roads at Detroit Regional Chamber luncheon

Crain’s Detroit Business

February 11, 2013

By Chris Gautz

Gov. Rick Snyder said he has not offered anyone the job as Detroit’s emergency manager but has been talking about it with people so he can act if needed.

But, he said, don’t take that to mean he has made up his mind to appoint one.

“If we go down that path, then I’ll have people available to help,” Snyder said.

He has compiled a short list, he said, declining to offer names.

Snyder made his remarks Monday afternoon after speaking to a packed crowd at MGM Grand Detroit for a Detroit Regional Chamber luncheon.

While on stage, Snyder said again that the role of the state is not to run the city of Detroit, but that the situation needs to be resolved.

The review team looking at the city’s finances should have a report to him within a few weeks, Snyder said.

It has taken longer than expected because he asked the team to look at a few other areas, including recent actions by the Detroit City Council that he said were largely positive.

But the governor also wanted to look at the long-term liabilities of the city. He said those problems have been building for decades and are not a reflection on the city’s current leadership.

“The city government’s finances need to get stabilized, they need to be resolved, we need to move forward,” Snyder said.

Detroit chamber President and CEO Sandy Baruah said getting the city back on track is far more important than any negativity that would come from a decision by Snyder to name an emergency manager.

“I think all the negative stories nationally about Detroit have been written and rewritten and rewritten again,” Baruah said. “The faster and more efficiently we can solve our serious issues, the better this state and this city are going to be.”

Since delivering his budget to the Michigan Legislature last week, Snyder was been making his way across the state to sell his plan. After stops in Grand Rapids and Flint, he brought his plan to Detroit and continued to make the case for increasing transportation revenue, expanding Medicaid, and socking more money away in the state’s rainy-day fund.

At the event, streamed live to other chamber groups across the state, Snyder touched on many of the same points but also faced a series of questions about the future of Detroit.

On transportation, Snyder said he understands he is asking for a lot of money each year – about $1.2 billion – but said the old attitude about wanting good roads but not wanting to pay for them needs to end.

“What kind of answer is that?” Snyder said.

He said part of his campaign goal of reinventing Michigan is about getting people to think long term when it comes to the state budget and not just what something will cost this year.

“That’s not very bright,” Snyder said.

His plans to increase transportation revenue and expand Medicaid are two examples of where investments and decisions will help save the state and individuals money in the long run, he said.

Snyder told Baruah during their discussion on stage that he decided to tackle transportation because he was “fed up” with people ignoring problems.

Regarding the New International Trade Crossing, Snyder said Michigan officials continue to wait on the presidential permit. But once it is in place, he expects the state will be in a position to move forward aggressively on building a new bridge across the Detroit River.

As for complaints unions have raised, Snyder said he doesn’t understand their opposition.

“This is a job creator,” he said.

Chris Gautz: (517) 403-4403, cgautz@crain.com. Twitter: @chrisgautz