A monthly publication highlighting economic development in Novi

February 10, 2016
Tickets on sale now for the State of the City Address 
Tuesday, May 3 at the Suburban Collection Showplace

Tickets are on sale now for the always highly anticipated State of the City Address in Novi.  This year's address will take place Tuesday, May 3 at the Suburban Collection Showplace.

Breakfast is at 7:30am and is included in the $25 ticket price. However, the speech portion, which starts at 8:45am, is free and open to the public.

This event did sell out last year so be sure to get your tickets early! Seating is limited to the first 280 attendees. In this annual address, Mayor Bob Gatt will highlight the achievements of 2015 and look ahead to future issues and projects.

Tickets can be purchased online or by sending a check made payable to:
City of Novi
Attn: Stephanie Schuetzler
45175 Ten Mile Road
Novi, MI 48375

In our continued efforts to be eco-friendly, printed invitations will not be mailed this year. Attendees will receive an email that will serve as their official invitation to the event.

For more information, contact communityrelations@cityofnovi.org or call 248.735.5628.

HARMAN shows off North American Headquarters in Novi
New 188,000-square-foot building will house 1,000 employees

The future of advanced technology solutions for the connected car, automotive audio and cloud services is on display inside the anchor tenant of the 400-acre Haggerty Corridor Corporate Park.

HARMAN International Industries, one of the premiere connected technologies companies for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, unveiled its new North American Headquarters in January, giving visitors a glimpse into the cutting-edge
technologies that will set the precedent for automotive innovation.

The grand opening ceremony included several local, state and federal leaders, from Novi Mayor Bob Gatt, State Rep. Kathy Crawford and her husband Oakland County Commissioner Hugh Crawford to Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Congressman Dave Trott and Ford Motor Co. CEO Mark Fields. 

Visitors were able to see some of HARMAN's newest products, watch a live presentation of a connected car and interact with company executives. 

The 1,000 employees at the North American headquarters will be focused on engineering and development, and do so inside a state-of-the-art facility. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems.

HARMAN's North American Automotive Headquarters includes:
  • Engineering labs for advanced Connected Car technologies and platforms
  • Development areas focused on future connectivity solutions
  • Infotainment design studios for HARMAN and customer co-developed advanced software applications
  • State-of-the-art audio listening room
  • A full cinema quality 5.1 surround sound theater
  • An anechoic chamber for accurate designing and testing of speakers
  • Vehicle bays for integration testing
  • A full-scale pilot factory
  • Employee amenities including a fitness center, locker rooms, cafeteria collaborative spaces and an outdoor deck and patio space
The company also celebrated its grand opening by giving a $10,000 grant to the Novi Educational Foundation to support educational opportunities and program enhancements for the Novi Community School District and community.
National Food Group unveils Innovation Center
State-of-the-art kitchen helps expand food opportunities

It's a kitchen that would make Gordon Ramsey blush and it's right here in Novi.

National Food Group, a wholesale food service distributor for education, institutions, entertainment venues, healthcare facilities and corporate cafes, recently unveiled its new state-of-the-art Innovation Center at its national headquarters. 

The commercial kitchen is designed to provide customers, partners and employees an inviting atmosphere to learn about food and food preparation techniques.

The business has housed its national headquarters in Novi since 1990, and continues to grow, adding 25 employees last year with more expected in 2016. It offers three unique programs: Opportunity Buys, Always Available and Commodity Processing, which all arose from a commitment to improve nutritional quality in food service through high value products.

The new kitchen is outfitted with the same industry standard equipment found in professional food service kitchens, and is in a modern bistro-style space with metal, barn wood and granite finishing. It also features commercial video and teleconferencing equipment to live stream or record meetings and demonstrations.

To learn more about the business and the Innovation Center, visit NationalFoodGroup.com
Register your burglar and fire alarms with the City
Goal is to cut down on the number of false alarm calls

The City of Novi is hoping to cut down on the number of false alarm calls from its businesses by encouraging owners to register their alarm with the City.

An online form is being created that will allow police and fire personnel to make contact with someone at the business in the event of an emergency. The information in the form will ONLY be used by public safety personnel and is free of charge to all Novi businesses.

Each false alarm comes with a rather hefty price tag, as well as what could be considered a waste of resources should a true emergency exist elsewhere in the City and resources are tied up in the false alarm.

This registry encourages the listing of multiple internal contacts for the alarm companies prior to them contacting the police/fire departments. It also gives first responders an accurate point of contact - alarm company and business - at the ready when need be.

Look for the registry on InvestNovi.org later this month. If you have any questions about the fire alarm initiative, contact Wenona Graham at wgraham@cityofnovi.org
Recognizing businesses that go above and beyond
Chamber Toast of the Town Gala 6:30-10:30 pm March 18

Come support the Novi Chamber of Commerce and fellow business owners at the annual Toast of the Town Awards Gala and Live Auction on March 18 at the
Baronette Renaissance.

Tickets for the event are $80 per person or $600 for a table of eight, and after March 7 tickets are $90 per person or $675 for a table of eight. The ticket includes hors d'oeuvres, dinner, dessert, live and silent auction, raffle and live entertainment by the Jesse Palter Jazz Quartet.

This year's event, which is emceed by WDIV host Chuck Gaidica, also features the 2016 Novi Business Recognition Award winners in the categories of "Community Builder," Best Place to Work" and Customer Service Excellence." 

Tickets can be purchased online here
Novi businesses step up to help the people of Flint
More than 500 cases of water donated to those in need

Numerous businesses, individuals and organizations have stepped up to support the people of Flint by providing them with clean drinking water.

In Novi, Global Office Solutions did its part by collecting upwards of 300 cases of water and transporting it via one of its box trucks to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan in Flint. Water was dropped off at the Novi Civic Center and Novi Fire Station No. 1 over a period of two weeks, and Global offered a discount on case purchases to customers on its website.

Kudos to Owner Reuben Levy and his team that volunteered to drive the water to Flint on Sunday for their commitment to community service.

Another Novi business, Critical Signal Technologies, also stepped up to match water donations made by its employees. The drive was started by employee Jo'Charta Rogers, and CEO Jeffery Prough pledged to match the donations. Home Depot offered a truck for the business to use at no cost, while U-Haul also offered one at a discounted rate. All told, more than 200 cases of water were delivered to the people of Flint last weekend by CTS and its employees.

Awesome work by Rogers, Prough and the CST team who saw the importance of helping others.
Feedback needed for Thoroughfare Master Plan
Plan important component of transportation planning efforts

The City of Novi is in the process of preparing a Thoroughfare Master Plan for the City. The intent is to establish physical and cultural environments that support and encourage safe, comfortable and convenient travel by a variety of modes - vehicle, bicycle or pedestrian.

This plan will serve as a blueprint for future development of Novi's transportation network and assist the City's decision makers to identify strategic and sustainable investments.

An important aspect is soliciting public input, which can be done via the Community Remarks online forum. This forum allows residents and business owners to add their comment directly to a map of the City and also see what their neighbors have to say.

Any questions or comments about the Thoroughfare Master Plan may be sent to Barbara McBeth, City Planner, at bmcbeth@cityofnovi.org.
Michigan Small Business Development Center
Learn ways to launch, grow & improve your business

Are you an entrepreneur that's ready to launch a new business? Maybe yours is an established company ready to grow to the next phase, or you're simply seeking assistance to help improve office efficiency and workforce skills. Whatever your motivation, the Business Development Center (BDC) at Schoolcraft College was designed to help you take your operation to the next level of excellence.

Whether you need to develop the workforce, explore opportunities for growth, research and analyze the market or evaluate financial or legal issues, the BDC can help.

The Michigan Small Business Development Center network provides a full range of services for a variety of small businesses that are emerging and growing throughout Michigan - including new venture companies, existing small businesses, expanding businesses, new technology companies, and innovators. 

A variety of seminars are available throughout the month of February, March and April for those seeking assistance. A list of events can be found here
For more information about doing business in Novi, visit InvestNovi.org.

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