State Round Up

Detroit: Quicken Loans owner sees tech hub in Detroit
DETROIT (AP) — Quicken Loans owner Dan Gilbert hopes his company’s move to Detroit will help create a technology hub downtown.

The online mortgage giant says in a release that 1,700 workers will work downtown when Quicken and several sister companies move their headquarters to Detroit in August.

Quicken announced in 2007 that it would move to Detroit, but switched gears when the national economy turned south.

With Quicken’s move to the Compuware Corp. building and GalaxE Solutions locating downtown, Gilbert is calling a section of Woodward Avenue, “Webward Avenue.” The company says its recruiting similar businesses to the area.

Gilbert says several restaurants have released plans to open near Quicken’s offices.

Traverse City: Traverse City Film Festival honoring John Hughes
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich.     (AP) — The late writer and director John Hughes is being honored at the Traverse City Film Festival.

The Lansing native died last year at the age of 59 and is this year’s recipient of the Michigan Filmmaker Award. It’s given to Michigan natives for their contributions to the art of cinema.
Jeff Daniels and Christine Lahti are past recipients.

The award is to be dedicated posthumously to Hughes during the festival’s opening night on Tuesday.

His wife Nancy and sons James and John III say they “appreciate the opportunity to acknowledge how Michigan ... helped shape his humor and storytelling.”

Hughes’ films include “The Breakfast Club,” “Sixteen Candles” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”

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