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By: Dave Rogers

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Can old Rust Belt cities be revitalized to attract millenials?

We'll soon see, right here in River City, er, the mid-Michigan area, aka the Great Lakes Bay Region.

(Who are millenials? Born between 1978-2000, also known as Generation Y.)This is the age cohort on which new growth of urban areas depends. They are desperately sought by the Dow Chemicals, the Dow Cornings, the Morley Companies, the Nexteers of the world. Saginaw/BayCity/Midland are in competition with San Francisco, Dallas and Seattle, upscale entertainment and living hubs.

Millenials soon will be able to hoist a martini on the same site that lumber barons toasted their clear-cutting of Michigan forests and flappers and their offspring ginned up at the Logmark Bar when Saginaw industry was flying high in World War II and beyond.

Wasn't the Bancroft the place where legendary Saginaw clothier Little Jake strode the bar, kicking glasses right and left? But that was before my time, and before yours, unless you're 100 or more. Little Jake Seligman died in 1911.

Downtown Bay City is being remade on the Saginaw River on the former site of the builder of the world's largest cranes, and Saginaw seems destined to more than keep pace -- thanks to enterprising physicians and an Ohio development firm.

A 50-acre parcel in a virtually tax-free Renaissance Zone was transferred to Riverfront Medical Park LLC for $1.00 by the City of Saginaw in 2008.

Lead developer on the Bay City Uptown at RiversEdge is SSP Associates, a longtime Saginaw-based developer with experience in a wide range of development projects, including:

o The Temple Theatre in Saginaw, which is now wholly owned by the not-for-profit Temple Theatre foundation;

o Horizons Conference Center in Saginaw;

o The Dow BPSC Building in Midland;

o The Saginaw Riverfront Medical Arts complex in Saginaw which includes the Michigan Cardiovascular Institute, Garber Management Group and St. Mary's of Michigan.

SSP Associates principals include Dr. Samuel Shaheen, who owns Midwestern Surgical Associates, and his brother Peter Shaheen.

A recent agreement aligns the veteran physicians of Midwestern Surgical Associates P.C. with the Central Michigan University College of Medicine and will enhance patient care in the Great Lakes Bay Region.

"We've been teaching medical-surgical residents in Saginaw for decades," Shaheen said. "Becoming part of the College of Medicine allows us to continue that commitment and take it up a level, focusing training, research, and patient needs in specialty and sub-specialty areas. This adds up to exceptional patient care and outcomes."

The CMU College of Medicine's Department of Surgery is led by chairman of surgical disciplines Anthony Senagore, M.D., who came to the university on July 1 from Michigan State University and also has worked at the Keck Medical School of the University of Southern California.

Shaheen will serve as the vice chairman of surgical disciplines, and both leaders expect additional surgeons to join the CMU College of Medicine in addition to the staff at Midwestern Surgical Associates.

"Dr. Shaheen and his associates have a stellar reputation in the Great Lakes Bay Region, and this agreement is another example of how our students will grow and thrive at the CMU College of Medicine while learning from dedicated, respected physicians at the top of their profession," said Ernie Yoder, founding dean of the CMU College of Medicine and president of CMU Partners.

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