DBusiness Daily Update: MotorCities National Heritage Area Announces 2022 Tour Operator Partners, and More

MotorCities is partnering with five Detroit-area tour operators and one Lansing-based tour operator to offer public tours of the state’s automotive and working-class heritage this tourist season. // Courtesy of MotorCities

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MotorCities National Heritage Area Announces 2022 Tour Operator Partners

The MotorCities National Heritage Area, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving automotive heritage, is partnering with five Detroit-area tour operators and one Lansing-based tour operator to offer public tours of automotive and labor heritage of the state this tourist season. The partnerships continue a program originally launched in 2019 to serve the 16-county National Heritage Area.

The tour experiences available vary from traditional walking tours to driving a vintage Model A Ford or pedaling a bicycle, while visiting key automotive historic sites and learning the history of how the area put the world on wheels.

“We are thrilled to continue to partner with these companies to provide additional touring options and bring more of our incredible automotive heritage to Metro Detroit and Lansing residents and out-of-town tourists,” said Shawn Pomaville-Size, executive director of MotorCities.

Selected tour operators offer the following experiences:

Ancient tour company — From tinkerers to titans Climb aboard a Model A Ford and explore the story of the automobile’s “coming of age” during the early decades of the 20th century from the vantage point of Detroit’s Woodward Corridor. Tours are offered every day, except Mondays, until November 1st. Additional information is available here.

city ​​institute (formerly Detroit Experience Factory) – MotorCities Auto Heritage New Center, Pontiac and Dearborn Walking Tours. On the New Center walking tour, guests will learn about the past, present, and future of the Detroit area, step back in time by visiting the Ford Piquette Avenue factory, and chat with some of the innovators who now call these neighborhoods home. . This tour is offered on June 25, July 30, August 27 and September 24. Also new for 2022 are unique walking tours of Pontiac on June 11 and Dearborn on July 9. here.

GLAD Tours (Lansing) – REO City Walking Tour. Before there was an REO city, there was an REO city. Take a stroll down Main Street with GLAD Tours and see where Ransom Eli Olds started the automotive industry. Tours are available by appointment by visiting here.

Michigan Magic Tours — Henry Ford: From Farm to Factory Tour. This bus tour connects visitors to real historical sites that reveal the life of Henry Ford, from his agricultural roots to his transformation into an industrial magnate. Guests will visit places important to his story and get a personal insight into his life and his impact on society in the 20th century. The visit is offered on request for groups and at least once for the public. Visit here for more information.

Russell Brothers City Tours – Personalized automotive history tours. Greg Russell takes guests to places they may know and some sites they may not. The tours are informative and insightful. Russell Brothers City Tours also offers online virtual tours. Customers can visit via their computers or other devices some of the fun and historic places in Detroit’s automotive history. For more information, visit here.

Detroit Wheelhouse — Bicycle tour of the automotive heritage. During this 15-mile tour, guests will discover how Detroit became the center of industry. The tour includes the Globe Building, Dequindre Cut, Packard Plant, GM Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant (Poletown), Milwaukee Junction, New Center (formerly GM Headquarters and Fisher Building), and TechTown, where drivers will learn how the industry is changing. with advanced technology. The dates for the tour are June 26, July 24, August 28, September 25 and October 9. For more information, visit here.

For more information on MotorCities tours and events, visit here.

South Wayne County Regional Chamber to Honor Downstream Businesswomen

The Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber announced the winners of the 6th Annual Women of Achievement Awards presented by Beaumont Health on Friday, October 14 at 11 a.m. This year’s event will take place at Crystal Gardens, located at 16703 Fort St. in Southgate. .

The ceremony will feature outstanding women in business and community leadership in the Downstream region of Southeast Michigan. It will include a panel conversation on frontline heroes, powered by PNC Bank, which will feature a discussion with frontline leaders highlighting their personal stories of heroism throughout the COVID pandemic.

The panel includes Jenna Dicker of Howe-Peterson Funeral Home representing the memorial service industry; Amy DiBrano of Beaumont Health, registered nurse and clinical manager representing health care; and Courtney Gutierrez, an Allen Park firefighter who deployed on a FEMA mission early in the COVID pandemic, and who will represent first responders. Detroit media personality Christy McDonald will return as emcee and panel moderator for the event.

This year, the chamber will honor recipients of the Kyle F. Stack Leadership Award, Entrepreneur Award, Unsung Heroine Award, and Distinguished Young Woman Award to inspire and recognize future leaders in the region.

The 2022 winners are: Gina Wilson Steward, Kyle F. Stack Leadership Award winner, CEO of The Telegram Newspaper in Ecorse; Entrepreneur Award winner Jessica Bazner, owner of Kevin James Menswear in Trenton; Lisa Rutledge, Unsung Heroine Award Recipient, Taylor Information Center Board Chair; and Distinguished Young Woman Award winner Alyssa Angellotti, vice president of business development at Expert Heating and Cooling at Taylor.

“This signature event has become one of the most anticipated celebrations of the year in our region,” said Ronald J. Hinrichs, president and CEO of the Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber. “I am thrilled to congratulate the 2022 recipients and nominees. These remarkable women exemplify tremendous leadership and demonstrate a passionate commitment to improving our downstream community. Their tremendous efforts and outstanding achievements deserve this recognition and more, and we are honored to have the opportunity to celebrate each of these women at this year’s awards ceremony.

Amazon LGBTQIA+ group raises funds and donates toys for Beaumont children

In recognition of Pride Month, Amazon’s LGBTQIA+ employees in Metro Detroit are supporting a community event on Saturday, June 11, starting at 8 a.m., in partnership with Beaumont Children’s.

The group volunteers at the Walk for Miracles at the Detroit Zoo to raise money for pediatric programs and services at Beaumont Children’s, a Children’s Miracle Network hospital. Amazon is also donating more than 1,000 toys for pediatric patients at eight Beaumont Health hospitals in the nine-county region of southeast Michigan.

For more information on the March of Miracles, visit here.

KeyBank Teammates to Volunteer for Neighbors Make a Difference Day

KeyBank will host its 31st annual Neighbors Make a Difference Day from 1-5 p.m. Tuesday, where Michigan bank teammates will spend time volunteering with community organizations and service projects around the region.

They will join thousands of KeyBank teammates across the country who will receive paid time off to volunteer at seven projects in the neighborhoods where they live and work.

Many bank branches will close at noon tomorrow to accommodate volunteer teammates. Customers will have access to ATMs, as well as online and mobile banking.

“At KeyBank, we all take great pride in working, living and serving our communities,” said David Mannarino, Michigan Market President and Head of Commercial Sales at KeyBank. “We are proud to continue the tradition of coming together to dedicate our time and talent, brighten lives and help transform our community in meaningful ways. »

M/I Homes will build 14 homes in the United States to benefit cancer research

M/I Homes, one of the nation’s largest homebuilders, has announced it will build 14 homes in its various markets across the United States, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Pelotonia, a national organization leading nonprofit that funds innovative cancer research.

“Cancer research is a cause close to our hearts, and M/I Homes is proud to support Pelotonia, an extraordinarily successful and unique organization focused on accelerating funding for innovative cancer research. says Robert H. Schottenstein, President and CEO of M/I Homes and member of the Pelotonia Board of Directors.

“Since its inception in 2008, Pelotonia has raised over $236 million and has had a tremendous impact on the quality and quantity of cancer research, particularly in the field of immuno-oncology. We are honored and proud to engage our divisions across the country, as well as our construction partners, in this important endeavour.

M/I Homes has supported Pelotonia for years, raising over $1.9 million for the organization since 2014. With this announcement and plan, M/I Homes plans to donate over $2 million to Pelotonia thanks to the sale of the 14 houses. .

The 14 homes whose proceeds go to Pelotonia are being built in Detroit, Columbus, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Tampa, Orlando, Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, Charlotte and Raleigh.