Construction Preview – Village of Ann Arbor


The Village of Ann Arbor - Homes and Apartments
 

Project Infomation

PROJECT ID: 2021-107C
ESTIMATED COST: Not Available
SQ FOOTAGE: 0  
STATUS: New Project / Pre-Bid First Report
PROJECT TYPE: New Construction
CATEGORY: Housing / Apartments / Condos
PUBLIC FUNDING: No
           
 
A joint venture between Lansing and West Bloomfield developers proposed a major development on a 64-acre site for 538 new construction homes on Ann Arbor’s north side. 

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CAM first reported this project in Virtual Concept & Design on Thursday, February 11, 2021.
Members with access to this service may monitor progress by tracking Project ID #2021-107C.



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Dennis Burck (Construction Association of Michigan’s Prebid Reporter and Editorial Writer) earned a BA in journalism from Wayne State University in 2017, spending two years as a new development and general assignment reporter for the Lansing City Pulse. At the Pulse, Burck was tasked with writing the paper’s “New in Town” column, tracking commercial and city developments from construction to completion. His work also appeared in the Detroit Metro Times, Metro Parent, Model D Media and the National Endowment for the Humanities’ magazine.

CAM eNewsletter – February 15, 2021

CAM eNewsletter - February 15, 2021

FEATURED IN THIS ISSUE:

  • t’s Time to Submit Your Project for CAM Magazine’s Special Issue 2021!
  • Alliance Formed Dedicated to Worker Safety at Michigan Central Station
  • CAM’s Annual Men’s Doubles Classic Takes Place February 27th
  • Drive Away with Special Discounts on Freightliner Sprinter Vans
  • CAMTEC’s Upcoming Classes
  • Do You Have Occupational Health & Safety Questions?
  • CAM Jobsite Posters for 2021 Are in Stock!
  • Get Outside with CAM This Year
  • CoreNet Global Michigan Chapter’s Webinar – February 18th
  • Liberty Mutual Safety Innovation Award Nominations Due February 28th
  • MISS DIG 811 Hosts Local Pre-Construction Meetings
  • Registration Is Open for the Virtual NSC Safety Congress & Expo
  • NECA’s Recognition of Safety Applications Now Being Accepted
  • Save the Date! EXPO & Mid-Year Economic Forecast Luncheon – June 9th

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Health Screening Tool Adopted by Construction Industry

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Health Screening Tool Adopted by Construction Industry

COVID Screening App Built in Northville Passes 540,000+ Form Submissions from Job Sites as Mobile Tech Gains Traction Industry-Wide

Northville, MI (Feb. 3, 2021) – SPARK Business Works announced today the company’s mobile health screening tool has been implemented at 700 construction job sites across the country, with more than 540,000 digital forms submitted in the first six months. More than 500 companies (including 40+ CAM member companies) are now using Easy Safety Forms to help protect crew members working in the field and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

SPARK deployed their Easy Safety Forms platform for free in spring 2020 to help construction managers meet COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. To comply with strict health screening requirements and protect workers at job sites and inside facilities, managers needed an efficient and trusted solution for daily collection, entry, submission and tracking of essential employee health information. Built for mobile devices, SPARK’s system eliminated the dependency on manual paper processes, while improving safety, timeliness, data security, and distribution for job sites across the country.

“We know from our work with the construction industry that technology needs to be a fast, easy and simple experience for workers, or crews won’t adopt the new technology,” said Brad Wilson, Vice President, SPARK. “Helping Michigan firms automate field data tracking– including from safety forms– has been a core competency for SPARK for several years, so we jumped at the opportunity to launch this free tool and share with the CAM community”.

SPARK’s Safety Forms product has now been used to help protect hundreds of job sites and their workers, without any training hours or new hardware to implement. To deploy the tool quickly, job sites received a printed poster with a QR code that workers scan to launch the digital health screening form on their own mobile device. Once implemented, managers receive alerts based on risk triggers and store and access the data securely.

“Our lead developer, Emanuel Pelean, was thrilled to see his code deployed so smoothly at scale from right here in Southeast Michigan to more than 30 states by Q4 2020,” Wilson added. “COVID seemed to accelerate the adoption of digital tools in construction, and because each firm operates in their own unique way, we are seeing an increase in requests for custom digital workflows. This is on top of the already large demand for data automation, fueled by labor shortages, prior to the pandemic.”

Smartphones are the most-utilized work devices on construction sites, with 92% of workers using mobile devices daily compared to 83% for laptops, according to the 2020 JBKnowledge ConTech Report, a survey of contractors and construction workers focused on the state of construction technology.

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SPARK Business Works builds websites and custom software for clients to level up their digital presence, streamline processes, and deliver data to decision-makers. They have been an active member of the Construction Association of Michigan since 2019.

Learn more: www.sparkbusinessworks.com/construction.

PPP and Employee Retention Credit Update

Paycheck Protection Program & Employee Retention Credit

An Update from BDO USA, LLP

January 15, 2021

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (Act), signed into law on December 27, 2020, contains significant enhancements and improvements to the Employee Retention Credit (ERC). Here are a few items we are seeing our clients taking immediate advantage of:

  • Revisit the Employee Retention Credit: Companies that received PPP Loans were originally ineligible for the employee retention credits, but the Appropriations Act revised that requirement, allowing companies to revisit their qualifications in 2020 and amend 941’s to claim the credits, even if they received a forgivable PPP Loan. Commencing January 1, 2021, companies will only have to experience a decline in gross receipts of 20% (instead of 50% as required in 2020) for the 2021 quarter when compared to the same quarter in 2019. We would recommend that any company that received a PPP loan review their 2020 operations to see if they qualify for a refund of the employee retention credits
  • Tax Deductibility of expenses paid with PPP Loans: The Appropriations Act finally legislated that expense paid using forgiven PPP funds are fully tax deductible, as many organizations had been pushing for all along. The deductibility applies to both the 1st and 2nd round of loans if a 2nd loan is taken.
  • PPP Loans – Round 2: A second round of PPP funding is available to companies regardless of whether they received a loan the first time around. A summary of the differences between the first and second round is as follows:
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  First Round:    2020 Second Round:  2021
Maximum Amount That can be Borrowed: 2.5 X avg monthly salary, up to $10mm 2.5 X avg monthly salary, up to $2mm
Employee Counts to be a “Small Business” Eligible for the PPP 500 or fewer 300 or fewer
Can businesses that received a PPP loan in 2020 apply for a 2nd PPP loan? No Yes
Required to Demonstrate Decline in Gross Receipts to be Eligible? No Yes.  Must have a 25% loss in gross receipts for any quarter of 2020 when compared to the same quarter in 2019
Covered Period 8 or 24* 8 or 24
Eligible Expenses Payroll costs, rent, covered mortgage, utilities Same + 4 new categories – see above
Are PPP expenses deductible? Yes! Yes!
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Managing Director, R&D Tax Services

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Amy Whipple

BDS Director, Business Development

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CAM Magazine Announces 2020 Project of the Year

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CAM Magazine’s Project of the Year 2020 Award Goes to…

The Henry Ford Detroit Pistons Performance Center Named CAM Magazine Project of the Year 2020

The Construction Association of Michigan is excited to announce that The Henry Ford Detroit Pistons Performance Center has been selected as the 2020 CAM Magazine Project of the Year. Congratulations to the Detroit Pistons, the Henry Ford Health System, ROSSETTI, Hobbs + Black Architects, and the Christman-Brinker joint venture formed of The Christman Company and the L.S. Brinker Company.

The premier facility is comprised of three interconnected buildings: the Pistons Performance Center houses one of the biggest and the best training facility in the NBA, along with the franchise’s corporate headquarters, making it the first in the NBA with the entire organization under one roof; Henry Ford Health System’s William Clay Ford Center for Athletic Medicine that serves the Pistons, as well as athletes of all levels and serious fitness buffs, with second-to-none sports medicine and technologies; and a parking garage nestled in between the two structures.

The pages of CAM Magazine’s January 2021 issue tell the success story of this striking facility with an inclusive, community-minded mission dedicated not only to welcoming the public into the Henry Ford Detroit Pistons Performance Center via retail spaces and a soon-to-be-developed fitness space, but also inviting smaller Detroit contractors to be part of its own bustling jobsite during construction via a mentoring protégé program. The series of articles not only covers the project’s construction details but also provides the perspective of the all-star team of owners, designers and contractors whose vision and talents brought this building to life and added new vibrancy to an area of Detroit between New Center and Wayne State University.

“The Construction Association of Michigan is proud to celebrate this state-of-the-art center built by CAM member companies,” said the association’s president, Kevin Koehler. “I applaud The Christman Company and L.S. Brinker for successfully collaborating to develop this impressive facility for the Henry Ford Health System and Detroit Pistons organization. The project is a win-win-win, for the project teams involved, for the owners, and for the city of Detroit.”

In 2021, CAM Magazine will celebrate 25 years of publishing its annual awards issue called the Special Issue. Early each year, CAM puts out a call for its member companies to submit their best construction projects of the previous year. Twelve finalists are selected and featured in this issue, which comes out each October. The owners, general contractors, and architects from these projects are interviewed and sites toured prior to the writing of the feature articles. The Project of the Year is selected by the CAM Magazine Editorial Advisory Committee, magazine staff, and an online vote.

CAM is currently accepting submissions for its Special Issue 2021. To be eligible, projects must be constructed or designed by a CAM member company, and must have been completed – or reached substantial completion – between June 2020 and June 2021. The deadline for submitting Special Issue 2020 projects is Friday, March 12, 2021. Advertising opportunities are available. CLICK HERE for more information and to submit your project.

The list of all 12 finalists and their project teams from CAM Magazine Special Issue 2020:

2020 PROJECT OF THE YEAR:

The Henry Ford Detroit Pistons Performance Center (Detroit)
Owner/Developer: The Henry Ford Health System and Detroit Pistons
Construction Manager: Christman/Brinker, a Joint Venture, Detroit
Architects: ROSSETTI, Detroit, and Hobbs+Black Architects, Ann Arbor

2020 FINALISTS (in no particular order):

MSU Edward J. Minskoff Pavilion (East Lansing)
Contractor: Clark Construction Co.
Architect: LMN Architects & Fishbeck

University of Michigan – Michigan Union Renovation (Ann Arbor)
Contractor: Walbridge
Architect: Integrated Design Solutions, Hartman-Cox Architects, Workshop Architects

Ascension Macomb-Oakland Hospital Macomb Campus Bed Tower Vertical Expansion (Warren)
Contractor: AUCH Construction
Architect: HKS Architects

McLaren Northwest Addition-Wayne & Joan Webber Emergency Trauma Center (Mount Clemens)
Contractor: Roncelli, Inc.
Architect: AECOM

Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse Alteration (Detroit)
Contractor: The Christman Co.
Architect: EYP Architecture and Engineering

Christian Financial Credit Union Headquarters (Sterling Heights)
Contractor: Thompson-Phelan Group, Inc.
Architect: Barber-McCalpin Associates

FRS Headquarters (Rochester)
Contractor: Frank Rewold & Sons Inc.
Architect: Auger Klein Aller Architects

LinkedIn Detroit Regional Headquarters (Detroit)
Contractor: L.S. Brinker
Architect: SmithGroup

Veoneer North American Engineering Center (Southfield)
Contractor: Jonna Construction
Architect: Harley Ellis Devereaux

Innovation Garage (Ann Arbor)
Contractor: Barton Malow Co.
Architect: Integrated Design Solutions

Robert C. Valade Park, Atwater Beach Site (Detroit)
Contractor: Commercial Contracting Corp.
Architect: Hannah Neumann/Smith

CAM Magazine, established in 1980, is the official publication of the Construction Association of Michigan (CAM). It is a monthly, full-color, glossy magazine devoted to the individuals and companies who comprise the commercial construction industry in Michigan. CAM is the oldest and largest regional construction association in the United States. Founded in 1885, CAM is a not-for-profit organization is based in Bloomfield Hills, MI, consisting of over 2,000 members, including general contractors, subcontractors, equipment and material suppliers, architects, engineers and service firms.

CAM eNewsletter – January 7, 2021

CAM eNewsletter - January 7, 2021

FEATURED IN THIS ISSUE:

  • A New Year Brings New Opportunities
  • Michigan Is Entering the Next Phase for COVID-19 Vaccinations
  • Mentors Needed for the ACE Mentor Program of SE Michigan
  • Announcement of the 2020 Project of the Year Is Coming Next Week!
  • CAMTEC’s Upcoming Classes
  • Ruby+Associates Wins NCSEA Award for Mackinac Bridge Project
  • Mourning the Loss of HBA Past President David S. Compo and Family
  • Reminder to Register for the Construction B2B Opportunities Workshop
  • Save the Date! EXPO & Mid-Year Economic Forecast Luncheon – June 9th

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COVID-19 State Emphasis Program for Offices

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COVID-19 State Emphasis Program for Offices

MIOSHA focuses efforts on protecting workers in traditional office settings

As Michigan reaches 300,000+ cases of COVID-19, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) is focusing on office environments and how the close proximity of employees can lead to outbreaks of the virus.

On November 5, the Michigan Dept. of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) reported 18 new outbreaks from the previous week tied to office settings and is continuing to track 21 outbreaks tied to offices previously reported.

On November 15, in an effort to break the cycle of spread, MDHHS issued a new emergency order that enacted a three-week pause targeting indoor social gatherings and other group activities, including office work.

Under the current guidelines, employers are required to create a policy prohibiting in-person work for employees to the extent that their work activities can feasibly be completed remotely. Under statute, MIOSHA can cite employers, require abatement, and fine them up to $7,000 for failing to produce a remote work policy or if the employer’s preparedness and response plan is non-compliant.

MIOSHA Press ReleaseEmphasis ProgramGuidelines for OfficesMichigan COVID DashboardCAM COVID Resource Page

Need more information?

 

Jason Griffin
CAM Director of Education & Safety Services
Office: (248) 972-1141
griffin@buildwithcam.com

3M™ Trade-In, Trade-Up Program

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3M™ Trade-In, Trade-Up Program

Trade in or trade up to double your rebates on high quality 3M™ DBI SALA® and 3M™ Protecta® Fall Protection.

Trade in your current fall protection equipment and get double your rebate on new purchases between September 14, 2020 and December 18, 2020. Harnesses, SRLs, lanyards almost anything you need including over 1,200 products to choose from. There’s never been a better time to upgrade your gear!

If you already use 3M Fall Protection equipment, you can trade up to get double your rebates on gear with more features and benefits.

It’s time to assess your equipment and make the switch to 3M™ DBI SALA® and Protecta® Fall Protection and save with this limited time offer*.

End user rebate only. Distributors and wholesalers excluded. Must follow requirements online to receive rebate. *Offer only good in U.S.A. Purchases must be made between September 14, 2020 and December 18 , 2020.

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Tyler Jennings | Fall Protection Safety Specialist
Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois
Personal Safety Division, Fall Protection
Office: (952) 314-3199 | Mobile: (507) 272-6015
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CAM eNewsletter – October 31, 2020

CAM eNewsletter - October 31, 2020

FEATURED IN THIS ISSUE:

  • CAM Board of Directors Election Postponed One Year
  • Cast Your Vote for the CAM Magazine Project of the Year
  • 2021 CAM Buyers Guide: Contracts Accepted Until November 16th
  • CAMTEC’s Upcoming Classes
  • Kevin Koehler Interviewed on WJR’s “Building Michigan Show”
  • LTU Offers Free COVID-19 Safety Training to Small Construction Firms
  • National Apprenticeship Week Is Almost Here
  • RSVP for the AIA Detroit Annual Business Meeting & Elections
  • MIOSHA Emergency Rules Q&A about COVID-19 Workplace Safety

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CAM Legislative Breakfast 2020

CAM Legislative Breakfast 2020: Bipartisan Support for the Construction Industry

By Dennis Burck

The CAM Legislative Breakfast has been providing an annual review of Michigan’s legislative priorities and their impact on the construction industry for five consecutive years.  While the 2020 gathering had to be done virtually, it was still a much-needed insight into what we may expect from our government in the coming months.  Special thanks to all of our sponsors and participants.

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LegBreakfast Speakers

As government and industry cope with the gravity of Coronavirus’s economic upheaval, the construction industry is not immune from falling in its orbit. Projects were delayed, budgets were stretched thin and economic stimulus was exhausted.

“2020 has certainly been a challenging year for all of us,” CAM President Kevin Koehler said. “The global pandemic, our workforce shutdowns here in the construction industry, the lockdowns on our families and friends, the presidential election, the friction we are experiencing between our governor and the White House and frankly, our ongoing budgeting issues — they have all taken a toll on our industry and on all of us.”

“Through it all, CAM has worked hard to get us back to work, keep our men and women safe, and to keep our members informed about everything that is going on,” Koehler said.

For its 5th annual Legislative Breakfast, moderated in a virtual format on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, CAM welcomed Rep. Steve Marino (R) of Harrison Township, Rep. Brian Elder (D) of Bay City, Sen. Ken Horn (R) of Frankenmuth and Sen. Sylvia Santana (D) of Detroit to the panel. The group weighed in on construction legislation, the budget deficit and the political forecast for 2021. Despite the challenges, there is bipartisan support and optimism that the construction industry is one of the most prepared industries to weather the present and future.

The virtual Legislative Breakfast was generously sponsored by Conci Painting Inc., JJ Barney Construction Inc., Ruby + Associates Inc., Superior Materials LLC, Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 2, Operating Engineers Local 324, CAMComp Workers’ Compensation Plan, National Electrical Contractors Association (Southeastern Michigan Chapter), Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters, BeneSys Inc., Watkins, Pawlick, Calati & Prifti PC, Plante Moran, and MCA Detroit.

CAM Lobbyist Jason Wadaga, Vice President of Governmental Relations for Kindsvatter Dalling &  Associates (KDA), moderated the discussion.

Legislation in Action

Opening up the dialogue, Wadaga inquired what each politician is working on at the moment.

Santana said she is trying to pass legislation to keep low-level offenders in the workforce and out of jail. “I think these efforts really impact our economic stability here in Michigan,” Santana said. “We have a lot of returning citizens leaving the jail in Ionia who have experience in trade skills. I think those individuals would definitely benefit from an opportunity to work in construction and support our infrastructure in the state of Michigan.”

Across the “aisle,” Horn said he has been focused on getting the manufacturing and construction industries back on track after the economic fallout from COVID-19. “Our roots are construction and manufacturing. The people that build things are the people that make Michigan work,” he said.

One of his focuses is increasing developer access to the Brownfield Transformational Act funding.  “It is for big significant projects that could literally change the skyline of the community. With that legislation, you see [Dan] Gilbert’s tower going up on the old JL Hudson’s site,” Horn said. “We want to make sure our departments are propagating the rules properly so developers can take advantage of that programming with big developments.”

Marino explained that his prime focus is on facilitating economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. “Construction and manufacturing will be the number one economic driver to bring us out of this as it always has in Michigan. We as the government need to be smart about what we’re doing, stay out of your way and equip you guys for the goals that you need.”

Elder said he is looking forward to more bipartisan legislation being passed. As a member of the House Judiciary Committee, Elder was part of the team that worked on the recently passed COVID-19 Business Liability Package. The bill extends protections to businesses from COVID-19 lawsuits and enables them to extend unemployment assistance to employees.

“The COVID-19 crisis effectively put a pause button on our term. The economy took first priority, so there is a significant amount of work we can do in the lame-duck period with good bills with bipartisan support that is queued up and ready to go through hearings. We have a lot of work to do that’s been bottled up due to the COVID-19 crisis.”  One piece of legislation that was held up is the Michigan Construction Payment Act, colloquially known as “Prompt Pay.”

Bipartisan Support for “Prompt Pay”

Elder is the sponsor for HB-5375 or the Michigan Construction Payment Act. The bill was introduced in January 2020. “It is a reasonable bill. It simply says that if contractors complete their work, they have to be paid within 30 days,” Elder said. “That is true of many construction projects but not all. It is a best practice that should be extended to everyone in the industry.”

Elder said he hopes to work through it in the lame-duck session.

Marino is a co-sponsor of the bill. He said that a hearing is likely in the lame-duck session, however, everything is pending the COVID-19 crisis. “We do have to do work outside of the COVID-19 pandemic,” he added. “I do look forward to the discussion.”

Both senators were supportive of the bill as well. “We have a good understanding of the bill itself,” Horn said. “It is now just a matter of grinding it out and getting her done legislatively, but I am supportive of the idea in concept.”

Santana said she would like to see the bill extended to not only the private sector but to municipalities and counties as well. “As we’ve seen in the city of Detroit, we’ve had several minority contractor businesses pretty much dismantled because of payee circumstances,” Santana said. “I think it will help a lot of our subcontractors as well as the larger providers of work to let them know there is a deadline to be paid within the service of their work.”

Budgeting for 2021

Wadaga said that initial reports might have seen the state stuck with a $3 billion deficit in 2020, but the actual number is just under $1 billion. Wadaga asked each member of the Michigan Congress to weigh in on the budget moving forward.

“One of the markers we need to lay out is how open is our economy?” Horn said. “Our public schools and local governments are dependent on tax revenue. What is consumer confidence out there? Much of that is driven through retail sales and the travel industry in Michigan.”

Both manufacturing and construction industries are trying to catch up on past work with margins stretched thin, Horn added. “What is happening is they’re filling out contracts but they’re doing them with 190- or 120-day grace periods, and those grace periods came to an end in August. Their cash flows are really hurting.”

However, Horn remains optimistic about the national economic recovery. “I hope out of this we learn that manufacturing is indeed a national security issue in terms of our medicine and car parts. We need to make things in the USA.”

Santana said there were already foreseen constraints going into the 2022-2023 budget years, but the pandemic has complicated things further. “I am cautiously optimistic about where we stand in the state moving forward with the budget. Lucky for us, we did come up with the legislation that would allow us to collect sales tax for online purchases. This ultimately was a benefit so we could sustain our sales tax revenue.” A group of bills was signed into Michigan law in December 2019 to allow the state to collect online sales tax far before the online shopping boom during the pandemic.

Santana said the future is tied to how we continually navigate the COVID-19 crisis. “With COVID not having an end in sight, we do have to project for future budgets to make sure we can sustain ourselves. There is a lot to be concerned with, but I am hoping there will be an end in sight with COVID so our economy can get back to full force.”

Marino said that federal help carried the day. “Ultimately, it was the CARES Act that helped address the fiscal year and the vast majority of the shortfall we were looking at.”

Election Outlook

With members of the House campaigning for another term in Michigan against the backdrop of the presidential election, Wadaga asked each member of Congress how they are hedging their bets in this election cycle.

“The presidential election is really driving voter enthusiasm on both sides and that will have an impact on what happens,” Elder said. “The [Michigan] House is a jump ball. I think it will be incredibly close. I don’t think we will know that on November 3.” Elder said that he expects Biden will carry the state of Michigan given more accurate polling data than 2016.

“Macomb County is crazy. I don’t know if anything is mainstream in Macomb County,” Marino said. “I would love to say no matter what it will be over after 11/3. I am really looking forward to the election being over and getting back to work.”

Horn chimed in: “I think the biggest loser nationally will be the mainstream media and social media for how they handled the recent issues.” Regarding the race in Michigan, Horn said it is not much different than 2016. “In my area, we are a little bit like Macomb. We have Saginaw and in the southern part and west wall where I represent there is a lot of labor, and they voted for Trump in 2016. But I think Biden brings a different perspective to that vote.” The House will still likely remain Republican, Horn added. “It will be close, but we will still maintain authority.”

Sen. Santana said she sees a different voting climate in southeastern Michigan than in 2016. “I think people are tired of the last few years. Regardless of the outcome of the election, at the end of the day, we have to make sure we come together as a country. It’s been too partisan,” Santana said. “COVID has really changed the game for all of us. I think ultimately it is about stability here in Michigan, job opportunities are available and we are doing whatever we can to rebuild our infrastructure and economy.”

Panel Moderator

Jason Wadaga
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Jason Wadaga
Vice President Governmental Affairs
Kindsvatter Dalling & Associates

Jason serves as KDA’s lead lobbyist. He can typically be found in legislative meetings, committee hearings and at legislative session representing KDA’s lobby clients. He also serves as the Executive Director for three of KDA’s association management clients, including the Construction Association of Michigan.

His career includes extensive experience in politics and the legislature.  He started his political career as a Sophomore at Northern Michigan University working on a variety of campaigns which brought him to Lansing.  He spent nine years in the Michigan Legislature working in a variety of roles including serving as the Chief-of-Staff to State Senator Rick Jones before joining KDA. Born and raised in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Jason lives in East Lansing with his wife Kimberly and sons Nolan and Reid.