Newsweek is an American weekly magazine founded in 1933. Between 2008 and 2012, Newsweek experienced financial difficulties, leading to the cessation of print publication and a transition to all-digital format at the end of 2012; the print edition was relaunched in March 2014. Revenue declines prompted an August 2010 sale by owner The Washington Post Company to audio pioneer Sidney Harman—for a purchase price of one dollar and an assumption of the magazine's liabilities; that year, Newsweek merged with the news and opinion website The Daily Beast, forming The Newsweek Daily Beast Company. Newsweek was jointly owned by the estate of Harman and the diversified American media and Internet company IAC. In 2013, IBT Media announced it had acquired Newsweek from IAC. IBT Media rebranded itself as Newsweek Media Group in 2017, but returned to IBT Media in 2018 after making Newsweek independent. News-Week was launched in 1933 by Thomas J. C. Martyn, a former foreign-news editor for Time, he obtained financial backing from a group of U.
S. stockholders "which included Ward Cheney, of the Cheney silk family, John Hay Whitney, Paul Mellon, son of Andrew W. Mellon". Paul Mellon's ownership in Newsweek represented "the first attempt of the Mellon family to function journalistically on a national scale." The group of original owners invested around $2.5 million. Other large stockholders prior to 1946 were public utilities investment banker Stanley Childs and Wall Street corporate lawyer Wilton Lloyd-Smith. Journalist Samuel T. Williamson served as the first editor-in-chief of Newsweek; the first issue of the magazine was dated February 17, 1933. Seven photographs from the week's news were printed on the first issue's cover. In 1937 News-Week merged with the weekly journal Today, founded in 1932 by future New York Governor and diplomat W. Averell Harriman, Vincent Astor of the prominent Astor family; as a result of the deal and Astor provided $600,000 in venture capital funds and Vincent Astor became both the chairman of the board and its principal stockholder between 1937 and his death in 1959.
In 1937 Malcolm Muir took over as editor-in-chief. He changed the name to Newsweek, emphasized interpretive stories, introduced signed columns, launched international editions. Over time the magazine developed a broad spectrum of material, from breaking stories and analysis to reviews and commentary; the magazine was purchased by The Washington Post Company in 1961. Osborn Elliott was named editor of Newsweek in 1961 and became the editor in chief in 1969. In 1970, Eleanor Holmes Norton represented sixty female employees of Newsweek who had filed a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that Newsweek had a policy of only allowing men to be reporters; the women won, Newsweek agreed to allow women to be reporters. The day the claim was filed, Newsweek's cover article was "Women in Revolt", covering the feminist movement. Edward Kosner became editor from 1975 to 1979 after directing the magazine's extensive coverage of the Watergate scandal that led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon in 1974.
Richard M. Smith became chairman in 1998, the year that the magazine inaugurated its "Best High Schools in America" list, a ranking of public secondary schools based on the Challenge Index, which measures the ratio of Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exams taken by students to the number of graduating students that year, regardless of the scores earned by students or the difficulty in graduating. Schools with average SAT scores above 1300 or average ACT scores above 27 are excluded from the list. In 2008, there were 17 Public Elites. Smith resigned as board chairman in December 2007. During 2008–2009, Newsweek undertook a dramatic business restructuring. Citing difficulties in competing with online news sources to provide unique news in a weekly publication, the magazine refocused its content on opinion and commentary beginning with its May 24, 2009, issue, it shrank its subscriber rate base, from 3.1 million to 2.6 million in early 2008, to 1.9 million in July 2009 and to 1.5 million in January 2010—a decline of 50% in one year.
Meacham described his strategy as "counterintuitive" as it involved discouraging renewals and nearly doubling subscription prices as it sought a more affluent subscriber base for its advertisers. During this period, the magazine laid off staff. While advertising revenues were down 50% compared to the prior year, expenses were diminished, whereby the publishers hoped Newsweek would return to profitability; the financial results for 2009 as reported by The Washington Post Company showed that advertising revenue for Newsweek was down 37% in 2009 and the magazine division reported an operating loss for 2009 of $29.3 million compared to a loss of $16 million in 2008. During the first quarter of 2010, the magazine lost nearly $11 million. By May 2010, Newsweek was put up for sale; the sale attracted international bidders. One bidder was Syrian entrepreneur Abdulsalam Haykal, CEO of Syrian publishing company Haykal Media, who brought together a coalition of Middle Eastern investors with his company.
Haykal claimed his bid was ignored by Newsweek's bankers, Allen & Co. The magazine was sold to audio pioneer Sidney Harman on August 2, 2010, for $1 in exchange for assuming the magazine's financial liabilities. Harman's bid was accepted over three competitors. Meacham left the magazine upon completion of the sale. Sidney Harman was the
Japanese community of Columbus, Ohio
There is a Japanese community in the Columbus, Ohio area. The presence of Honda Motor Company and related suppliers attracted a population of Japanese expatriates to the Columbus area. In 2011 Bill Daley of the Chicago Tribune stated that "the international pull of Ohio State University" adds to the "real discernible Japanese flavor to" Columbus. Honda first established operations in Marysville in 1979. Japanese people began living in Dublin and other suburbs instead of Marysville because Dublin established a support system for Japanese residents and the suburbs offered Saturday schools for Japanese residents. Therefore, few Japanese live in Marysville. In 2012 Columbus received two cherry trees from the Japanese government and they were scheduled to be planted at the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens on April 27 of that year. Of all regions of Ohio, central Ohio has the largest Japanese national population. According to the "2013 Japanese Direct Investment Survey" by the Consulate-General of Japan in Detroit, Dublin had 2,002 Japanese nationals and Columbus had 705 Japanese nationals, giving those cities in the highest such populations in the state.
As of the 2010 U. S. Census, 1,071 Japanese people live in Dublin, making up 2.6% of the city's population. As of that year, 122 Japanese live in Union County. Holly Zachariah of The Columbus Dispatch stated that "It has been that way historically." Honda Motor Company operates the Marysville Auto Plant in Marysville and the East Liberty Auto Plant in East Liberty. There are Honda operations outside of Columbus, including an engine plant near Anna and a transmissions operation in Russells Point. In addition there are suppliers serving Honda in the Columbus area; as of 2011 83 Japanese companies have operations in Greater Columbus. A RE/MAX real estate agent named Akiko Miyamoto stated in Car Talk that the services provided for Japanese speakers by the Dublin City School District attract Japanese expatriates to Dublin; the Columbus Japanese Language School, a weekend supplementary Japanese school, serves the area. As of 2013, the school had 555 students; the Japanese Ministry of Education, Sports and Technology sent two of the employees to the school.
As of 2014 there are about 550 students. The elementary classes are held at Granby Elementary School in Columbus and the junior high and high school classes are held at McCord Middle School in Columbus; the school office is located in Worthington. Area Japanese parents opened the school in April 1980, the school started with three teachers and fourteen elementary-level students; the school holds its classes on Saturdays. 17 board members manage the school. Each year the city holds the Asian Festival. Over 100,000 people come to the festival annually. In addition, the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum at The Ohio State University has the largest collection of manga, not in Japan. In 2011 Daley wrote that "The number of Japanese restaurants in and around Columbus ranges from 19 to at least 40, depending on who's counting, there are dozens more if you tally restaurants under a generic "Asian" theme." Daley stated that Kihachi, a restaurant in Northwest, was "so regarded" to the point that it was featured in an episode of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.
In that episode, Anthony Bourdain and Michael Ruhlman visited Kihachi. The Columbus Japanese Women’s Chorus includes members of the Japanese community, it was founded in 1995. The group name is a reference to the dogwood trees given to Japan by the United States. Japan-America Society of Central Ohio Columbus Japanese Language School English Information Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc. Asian Festival Japanese Student Organization at Ohio State University
The United States of America known as the United States or America, is a country composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles, the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is smaller than the entire continent of Europe's 3.9 million square miles. With a population of over 327 million people, the U. S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D. C. and the largest city by population is New York City. Forty-eight states and the capital's federal district are contiguous in North America between Canada and Mexico; the State of Alaska is in the northwest corner of North America, bordered by Canada to the east and across the Bering Strait from Russia to the west. The State of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific Ocean; the U. S. territories are scattered about the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, stretching across nine official time zones. The diverse geography and wildlife of the United States make it one of the world's 17 megadiverse countries.
Paleo-Indians migrated from Siberia to the North American mainland at least 12,000 years ago. European colonization began in the 16th century; the United States emerged from the thirteen British colonies established along the East Coast. Numerous disputes between Great Britain and the colonies following the French and Indian War led to the American Revolution, which began in 1775, the subsequent Declaration of Independence in 1776; the war ended in 1783 with the United States becoming the first country to gain independence from a European power. The current constitution was adopted in 1788, with the first ten amendments, collectively named the Bill of Rights, being ratified in 1791 to guarantee many fundamental civil liberties; the United States embarked on a vigorous expansion across North America throughout the 19th century, acquiring new territories, displacing Native American tribes, admitting new states until it spanned the continent by 1848. During the second half of the 19th century, the Civil War led to the abolition of slavery.
By the end of the century, the United States had extended into the Pacific Ocean, its economy, driven in large part by the Industrial Revolution, began to soar. The Spanish–American War and World War I confirmed the country's status as a global military power; the United States emerged from World War II as a global superpower, the first country to develop nuclear weapons, the only country to use them in warfare, a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. Sweeping civil rights legislation, notably the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Fair Housing Act of 1968, outlawed discrimination based on race or color. During the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union competed in the Space Race, culminating with the 1969 U. S. Moon landing; the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 left the United States as the world's sole superpower. The United States is the world's oldest surviving federation, it is a representative democracy.
The United States is a founding member of the United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Organization of American States, other international organizations. The United States is a developed country, with the world's largest economy by nominal GDP and second-largest economy by PPP, accounting for a quarter of global GDP; the U. S. economy is post-industrial, characterized by the dominance of services and knowledge-based activities, although the manufacturing sector remains the second-largest in the world. The United States is the world's largest importer and the second largest exporter of goods, by value. Although its population is only 4.3% of the world total, the U. S. holds 31% of the total wealth in the world, the largest share of global wealth concentrated in a single country. Despite wide income and wealth disparities, the United States continues to rank high in measures of socioeconomic performance, including average wage, human development, per capita GDP, worker productivity.
The United States is the foremost military power in the world, making up a third of global military spending, is a leading political and scientific force internationally. In 1507, the German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller produced a world map on which he named the lands of the Western Hemisphere America in honor of the Italian explorer and cartographer Amerigo Vespucci; the first documentary evidence of the phrase "United States of America" is from a letter dated January 2, 1776, written by Stephen Moylan, Esq. to George Washington's aide-de-camp and Muster-Master General of the Continental Army, Lt. Col. Joseph Reed. Moylan expressed his wish to go "with full and ample powers from the United States of America to Spain" to seek assistance in the revolutionary war effort; the first known publication of the phrase "United States of America" was in an anonymous essay in The Virginia Gazette newspaper in Williamsburg, Virginia, on April 6, 1776. The second draft of the Articles of Confederation, prepared by John Dickinson and completed by June 17, 1776, at the latest, declared "The name of this Confederation shall be the'United States of America'".
The final version of the Articles sent to the states for ratification in late 1777 contains the sentence "The Stile of this Confederacy shall be'The United States of America'". In June 1776, Thomas Jefferson wrote the phrase "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" in all capitalized letters in the headline of his "original Rough draught" of the Declaration of Independence; this draft of the document did not surface unti
Union County, Ohio
Union County is a county located in the U. S. state of Ohio. As of the 2010 census, the population was 52,300, its county seat is Marysville. Its name is reflective of its origins, it being the union of portions of Franklin, Delaware and Logan counties. Union County is part of OH Metropolitan Statistical Area. Union County has been under the rule of three countries in its history: France and the present-day United States, it was discovered by the French explorer La Salle, along with traders and missionaries who accompanied him. After the French and Indian War, the Treaty of Paris of 1763 placed the area under British rule. Following the American Revolution, in 1783, the area would become known as the Northwest Territory and part of the United States. After the American Revolution, former soldiers from New England poured into Ohio after being granted land by the government, they surveyed the land, sought to develop a state between Lake Erie and the Ohio River. Their proposals for the governance of the territory led to the passage of the Ordinance of 1787, which guided the establishment of states within the Northwestern Territory.
Bitter struggles with American Indians over the next decades would follow, culminating with the battle of Tippecanoe in 1811, which saw the final defeat of the American Indian tribes in Ohio led by Tecumseh. A notable victim of the warring between the settlers and Indians was Jonathan Alder, who resided in and around the Union County area throughout his life; the first town laid out in the county was North Liberty, established by Lucas Sullivant in 1797, but the first settlement in the county was made in present-day Jerome township by Joshua and James Ewing in 1798. An important settlement made in the county would be by Abraham Amrine, of Swiss descent and a revolutionary soldier, in 1817, two miles northwest of Marysville; as part of negotiations with Virginia, who had claimed land in Ohio, to sign the Articles of Confederation, the United States granted them claims to land in Ohio which would be known as the Virginia Military District. Union County would be in this district. In 1803 Ohio would become a state.
After lobbying by Col. James Curry, who represented the area in legislature at the time and a resident of what would become Jerome township, Union County was established by the Ohio legislature, became official in 1820 with the appointment of the original commissioners: Stephen Bell, Reuben Wallace, John Huston; the county commissioners established the townships, including Union, Mill Creek, Paris, Leesburg, Jackson, Washington, Dover and Taylor, while they designated Marysville as the county seat. The town of Milford was established in 1816 by George Reed, Marysville in 1819 by Samuel Culbertson, Richwood in 1832 by Philip Plumber, Kingsville in 1834, Somerville in 1835, Watkins and Arbelia in 1838, Newton in 1838 by David Paul, York Center in 1841, Frankfort in 1846, Unionville in 1847, Pharisburg in 1847, New California in 1853, Dover in 1854, Union Center in 1863, Broadway in 1865, Pottersburg in 1869, Peoria in 1870, Magnetic Springs in 1879, Claibourne in 1881. After the organization of the county by the Ohio Legislature, Marysville was designated as the seat of Union County.
The first recorded meeting of the commissioners was in 1820. Between 1835 and 1840, a courthouse was constructed. A new courthouse would be built in Marysville, dedicated on January 27, 1883; this is the present courthouse today. In 1849, a county infirmary was authorized; the first county jail was a log structure that sat on the southside of East Center street, in the rear of the courthouse. A new jail was authorized by the commissioners and built in the 1870s. In 1878 the county purchased a 10-ton safe for the treasury, moved into courthouse; the first county fair was held in 1847 in the public square. In 1852, the Agriculture Society moved the fair on the northside of town; the Bible Society was organized in 1830. On December 4, 1875, a group met at the courthouse in Marysville to organize the Union County Pioneer society; the original members were: Eliphas Burnham, George Snodgrass, John F. Sabine, William Porter, Tobias Beightler, Abraham Amrine, Samuel Reed, Ray G. Morse, Josiah Westlake, Josiah Reed, William.
M. Robinson, Hiram Kent, Edward Powers, George Reed, Robert Graham, Samuel Gamble, A. A. Woodworth, George Mitchell, Taber Randall, Joseph Dodds, William Phillips, Thomas Snodgrass, Robert Snodgrass, A. P. Robinson, R. L. Partridge, Hylas Sabine. In 1866, the Union County Teachers' Institute was organized in Marysville, with Franklin Wood serving at the first President. In 1882, the Normal School was organized by J. S. Wharton, which specialized in instructing future teachers; the county lacked transportation infrastructure until 1812 when the first known highway named Post Road was constructed across the southern portion of the county. In 1844 the legislature by act created a free turnpike that ran from Columbus to Bellefontaine, passing through Marysville costing $230,000; this road became what is known as U. S. Route 33 today. In 1853, the Marysville and Essex Plank Road Company was organized and constructed a road from Marysville north, through Pharisburg; the company sold capital stock for $30,000, this road today is known as State Rt. 4.
By 1915 the county had built 705 miles of roadways, the most of any county in the state for its size. By the late 19th century and into the 20th century, the county began developing its electricity infrastructure. By 1915, electricity lines ran from Magnetic Springs to Richwood
Dublin Scioto High School
Dublin Scioto High School is a public high school located in Dublin, Ohio, a suburb northwest of Columbus, Ohio. Dublin Scioto High School was constructed in 1995 at 4000 Hard Road between Sawmill Road and Riverside Drive. Scioto has 110 certificated staff. Of these, 92 have earned master's degrees, 4 hold a Ph. D; the administration includes Principal Bob Scott, Assistant Principals Kip Witchey, Mike Wayt, Julie Blevins, Athletic Director Nick Magistrale, Guidance Counselors Ms. Allison Sampson, Mr. Aaron Rowe, Mr. Patrick Elias, Ms. Jackie Sprunger. Founded in September 2007, Dublin Scioto's Junior State of America club has become a vibrant part of the Scioto community. From 2007 to 2014, the Junior State of America chapter attended dozens of JSA conventions in Cincinnati, Washington, D. C. and downtown Columbus. During this same time period, three Dublin Scioto students won gubernatorial races in the Ohio River Valley Junior State. Liz Litteral and D. Winston Underwood Jr. were elected by their peers to serve as governor from 2009 to 2010 and 2013 to 2014, respectively.
Tim Kocher was elected lieutenant governor for the 2012-2013 term. D. Winston Underwood Jr. served as mayor of the Central Ohio District from 2012 to 2013. Dublin Scioto has wielded a strong Quiz Team that competes in the In The Know tournament produced by WOSU and supported by Westfield Insurance. In recent years, Dublin Scioto has advanced far under the leadership of Advisor Tim Hayes. Under captain Laszlo Seress, the 2009-2010 team advanced to the semifinals; the following year under the leadership of Senior Captains Meredith Haddix and Suhas Gudhe, in addition to Senior Alex Filice and Freshman Arjun Venkataraman, the team advanced to the In The Know finals. Along the way, the team upset strong programs such as Olentangy Liberty High School, Bishop Watterson High School, cross town rivals Dublin Coffman; the 2011-2012 In The Know team, known as the Redeem Team, featured sophomore captain Arjun Venkataraman, senior president Ben Albert, senior Nick Gorelov. After defeatingWheelersburg High School and Grandview Heights High School in the first two rounds, Dublin Scioto faced Rutherford B. Hayes High School.
Dublin Scioto proceeded to defeat Bishop Watterson High School. Following that victory, the team slipped past Mount Vernon High School and defeated Bexley High School. In that, Dublin Scioto won the state championship.. They finished in second at the 2018 PACE National Scholastic Championship; the curriculum and student handbook at Dublin Scioto High School as well as at the other two high schools in the Dublin City School District were revised in order to conform with the International Baccalaureate degree program. These changes, which took effect in the 2008-09 school year, include a shift from a seven period day to an eight period day; the 100 member Irish Marching Band, Established in 1995 and Directed by Mr. Jim Gray, Mr. Ron Lewis and Mr. Jeff Chesser, performs at all home and away games and travels to perform at Walt Disney World, they will be performing in the 2018 6abc Dunkin' Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade, their second since 2010. The Irish Marching Band is known for their unique shows and musicality.
They have performed at every OMEA State Marching Band Finals since being established in 1995. Football - 1995 Wrestling - 2010, Randy Languis, 140-pound Division 1 OHSAA State Champion Lacrosse - 1997, 1999, 2003 Eric Brunner, MLS defender for Houston Dynamo Nick Goings, former NFL fullback for the Carolina Panthers Bradley McDougald, NFL safety for the Seattle Seahawks Deji Olatoye, NFL cornerback for the Atlanta Falcons Jay Richardson, former NFL defensive end Eric Stamets, baseball player in the Cleveland Indians organization Tamara Witmer, Playboy Playmate of the Month, Miss August 2005, cover girl for October 2006 issue and appeared as Miss May in the Playboy Playmate Video Calendar of 2007 Sean Kuraly Hockey player for the Boston Bruins Reilly Hickey Film Producer, won a Tony in 2018 for her role in the production of “Once on this Island” Dublin City School District Dublin Coffman High School Dublin Jerome High School Official School Website District Website Athletic Website
RE/MAX, short for " Real Estate Maximums," is an American international real estate company that operates through a franchise system. Up until 2013, the company held the number one market share in the United States and Canada since 1999, as measured by residential transaction sides. RE/MAX has more than 100,000 agents in 6,800 offices. RE/MAX operates in about 100 countries. RE/MAX was founded in January 1973 by Gail Main; the company was established with a maximum commission concept, meaning agents would keep nearly all of their commissions and pay their broker a share of the office expenses, rather than a share of the commission. In 1975, Dennis Curtin purchased the first RE/MAX franchise outside of Colorado, in Kansas City, Missouri; the company had 100 franchises in two years. RE/MAX held its first convention in Las Vegas in 1976, it became an annual event. RE/MAX opened its first office outside the United States in Calgary, Canada in 1977. In 1978, the RE/MAX red and blue hot air balloon became the official RE/MAX logo.
The RE/MAX Hot Air Balloon was first introduced at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta in 1978, representing the company's "Above the Crowd" slogan. It was about seven stories tall and became one of the most recognized corporate symbols in the world. By 1981, the company had 30 franchises in the RE/MAX Ontario-Atlantic Canadian region. RE/MAX became the top real estate company in Canada in 1987. In 1985, the company had about 48 hot air balloons in the United States and Canada. In 1994, RE/MAX expanded outside North America with the establishment of RE/MAX Europe by Canadians Frank Polzler and Walter Schneider; the company expanded its regional operations in Germany, Italy and South Africa. RE/MAX expanded to Australia and New Zealand in 1996. In November 1994, the RE/MAX Satellite Network was launched with four hours of programming daily, released to U. S. real estate agents using satellite dishes. The network started broadcasting more than 60 hours of programming monthly; the network programming included company news.
In 1998, RE/MAX CEO Dave Liniger attempted the first manned balloon flight around the world in a stratospheric gas balloon. The flight was canceled due to weather problems. From 1997 to 2001, Dave Liniger made 16 starts in. Liniger scored two top-10 finishes all in RE/MAX sponsored cars. At the time, RE/MAX had 88 balloons. In 2006, RE/MAX updated their corporate website to include listings for all U. S. homes for sale, including homes being sold by competitors. In 2007, the company established RE/MAX University, an online educational platform that includes a training library. By 2011, the company had more than 6,000 franchises. By 2009, the company had franchises in 70 countries. In April 2010, the Obama Administration announced the "Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives" program; the day the announcement was made, leaders from the U. S. Treasury Department and Bank of America participated in a live, national broadcast detailing the initiative at RE/MAX Headquarters in Denver held by CEO Dave Liniger.
In 2013, UN Special Rapporteur Richard Falk released a report which alleged that real estate groups, such as RE/MAX, found to promote or sell properties in Israeli settlements may be held liable for complicity in the crime of promoting settlement activity in occupied territory. As of November 2015, RE/MAX Israel was still selling properties in 18 different Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. RE/MAX, LLC's parent company, RE/MAX Holdings Inc, raised $220 million in its initial public offering in 2013. RE/MAX Holdings, completed a secondary offering of $185 million in November 2015. REMAX Holdings owns 58.3% and RIHI owns 41.7% of RE/MAX LLC. Total diluted share count as of December 31, 2015 was 30.2 million shares. RE/MAX expanded into China in 2014 by opening an office in Beijing. By the end of 2015, RE/MAX agents outside North America was more than 25,000, marking an annual growth of 15.4%. The company's agent count in Europe was more than 15,000; as of 2016, RE/MAX operates in about 100 countries and has more than 115 hot air balloons in operation — largest corporate hot air balloon fleet in the world.
In 2016, they named Re/Max Results, a franchisee covering much of Minnesota and parts of Wisconsin as their largest franchisee with more than 1200 agents, averaging more than 20 transactions per agent. In 2018, former president of the company Geoff Lewis, co-founder and co-CEO Dave Liniger stepped down from their roles to retire. Responsibilities were handed to CEO Adam Contos. In 2019, RE/MAX continued their China expansion by having franchisee opening offices in Shenzhen, Guangdong. In 1992, RE/MAX became a sponsor of Children's Miracle Network; the company hosts art auctions, organizes golf tournaments, encourages agent fundraising activities. When buying or selling a home through RE/MAX, listing as a Miracle Home with the balloon logo helps the local Children's Miracle Network hospital. RE/MAX affiliates have raised $147 million for the Children's Miracle Network hospitals in over 20 years of sponsorship. In 2002, RE/MAX became a sponsor of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Race For The Cure events in the United States.
Local RE/MAX offices use hot air balloons for educational programs and non-profit organization fundraisers. RE/MAX University has been featured in Training Magazine's Top 125 Organizations recognizing employee development; the RE/MAX Commercial division launched a new website in 2012 and has been recognized as a Top Real Estate Brokerage Firm by National Real Estate Investor. In 2016, RE/MAX was recognized as the to
Midwestern United States
The Midwestern United States referred to as the American Midwest, Middle West, or the Midwest, is one of four census regions of the United States Census Bureau. It occupies the northern central part of the United States, it was named the North Central Region by the Census Bureau until 1984. It is located between the Northeastern United States and the Western United States, with Canada to its north and the Southern United States to its south; the Census Bureau's definition consists of 12 states in the north central United States: Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin. The region lies on the broad Interior Plain between the states occupying the Appalachian Mountain range and the states occupying the Rocky Mountain range. Major rivers in the region include, from east to west, the Ohio River, the Upper Mississippi River, the Missouri River. A 2012 report from the United States Census put the population of the Midwest at 65,377,684; the Midwest is divided by the Census Bureau into two divisions.
The East North Central Division includes Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin, all of which are part of the Great Lakes region. The West North Central Division includes Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, several of which are located, at least within the Great Plains region. Chicago is the most populous city in the American Midwest and the third most populous in the entire country. Other large Midwestern cities include: Columbus, Detroit, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Cleveland, St. Louis, St. Paul, Cincinnati and Des Moines. Chicago and its suburbs form the largest metropolitan statistical area with 9.9 million people, followed by Metro Detroit, Minneapolis–St. Paul, Greater St. Louis, Greater Cleveland, Greater Cincinnati, the Kansas City metro area, the Columbus metro area; the term Midwestern has been in use since the 1880s to refer to portions of the central United States. A variant term, Middle West, has been used since the 19th century and remains common. Another term sometimes applied to the same general region is the heartland.
Other designations for the region have fallen out of use, such as the Northwest or Old Northwest and Mid-America. The Northwest Territory was one of the earliest territories of the United States, stretching northwest from the Ohio River to northern Minnesota and the upper-Mississippi; the upper-Mississippi watershed including the Missouri and Illinois Rivers was the setting for the earlier French settlements of the Illinois Country and the Ohio Country. Economically the region is balanced between heavy industry and agriculture, with finance and services such as medicine and education becoming important, its central location makes it a transportation crossroads for river boats, autos and airplanes. Politically, the region swings back and forth between the parties, thus is contested and decisive in elections. After the sociological study Middletown, based on Muncie, commentators used Midwestern cities as "typical" of the nation. Earlier, the rhetorical question, "Will it play in Peoria?", had become a stock phrase using Peoria, Illinois to signal whether something would appeal to mainstream America.
The region has a higher employment-to-population ratio than the Northeast, the West, the South, or the Sun Belt states as of 2011. Traditional definitions of the Midwest include the Northwest Ordinance Old Northwest states and many states that were part of the Louisiana Purchase; the states of the Old Northwest are known as Great Lakes states and are east-north central in the United States. The Ohio River runs along the southeastern section while the Mississippi River runs north to south near the center. Many of the Louisiana Purchase states in the west-north central United States, are known as Great Plains states, where the Missouri River is a major waterway joining with the Mississippi; the Midwest lies north of the 36°30′ parallel that the 1820 Missouri Compromise established as the dividing line between future slave and non-slave states. The Midwest Region is defined by the U. S. Census Bureau as these 12 states: Illinois: Old Northwest, Mississippi River, Ohio River, Great Lakes state Indiana: Old Northwest, Ohio River, Great Lakes state Iowa: Louisiana Purchase, Mississippi River, Missouri River state Kansas: Louisiana Purchase, Great Plains, Missouri River state Michigan: Old Northwest and Great Lakes state Minnesota: Old Northwest, Louisiana Purchase, Mississippi River, part of Red River Colony before 1818, Great Lakes state Missouri: Louisiana Purchase, Mississippi River, Missouri River, border state Nebraska: Louisiana Purchase, Great Plains, Missouri River state North Dakota: Louisiana Purchase, part of Red River Colony before 1818, Great Plains, Missouri River state Ohio: Old Northwest, Ohio River, Great Lakes state.
The southeastern part of the state is part of northern Appalachia South Dakota: Louisiana Purchase, Great Plains, Missouri River state Wisconsin: Old Northwest, Mississippi River, Great Lakes stateVarious organizations define the Midwest with different groups of states. For example, the Council of State Governments, an organization for communication and coordination among state governments, includes in its Midwe