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OpEd: Why Mechatronics is Hot

Taking a cue from European-owned firms in Oakland County, southeast Michigan's universities and trade schools are offering degrees and certification in mechatronics, a multi-disciplinary field of engineering. Irene Spanos, Oakland County's economic development director, says why the region should support this burgeoning field.

Will Metro Detroit's Tech Community Ever Be Color Blind?

Metro Detroit has a long history of cultural silos and regional segregation. So how does its tech and entrepreneurial community create opportunites for greater racial and cultural diversity? There's no easy answer but places like Silicon Valley are implementing aggressive and sustained efforts to bridge a divide local business leaders barely acknowledge.

COOL JOBS: Zack Green - Guitar Maker Extraordinaire

When your client list includes Kid Rock, Meshell Ndegeocello, Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins, and The Cure's Reeves Gabrels, you know you're one of a kind. There is nothing luthier Zack Scot Green loves more in the world than a guitar, which is probably why working at internationally renowned Reverend Guitars is more than a job, it's a calling.

Out of the Malls, Into the Trees: Oakland County Ecotourism?

How did Oakland County, a place famous for its wide selection of shopping malls, end up with metro Detroit's first ecotourism attraction? Well, it's funny you should ask. Metromode's Natalie Burg learns how West Bloomfield now speaks for the trees. 

The Detroit Mechanix Puts a New Spin on Professional Sports

Once the home of the Lions and Pistons at the Silverdome, Pontiac has seen its athletic luster fade over the years. But down doesn't mean out, as the lesser known but no less driven Detroit Mechanix, a local ultimate disc team, builds fans for a growing sport.

OpEd: Minority/Women Tech Entrepreneurs: Don't Overlook Federal R&D Grant Money

Minorities and women have historically received only a slice of small-business funding, an economic reality that crimps today's diversified economy. Michael Kurek, partner at BBCetc, tells how these underrepresented groups can gain a more equitable share of available grant funding.

Motor City Free Geek Reclaims Yesterday's Technology

There's an awful lot of discarded technology out there. There's got to be a better place for it than the trash, right? The Royal Oak non-profit Motor City Free Geeks marshals hundreds of tech volunteers to refurbish computers and laptops, outfitting them with free software and selling them to the public for hugely discounted prices. It's like the Circle of Life for technology.

To Compete or Non-Compete: Contracts That Make Michigan Less Competitive

States known for tech innovation and new economy success have shed their old school non-compete contracts to attract the best and brightest talent while fostering greater cross-pollination of ideas and inventions. So with all the noise Michigan is making about creating a 21st-century economy, why are we clinging to a 20th-century business practice?

Stories From Across the IMG Network

Issue Media Group publications cover "what's next" for urban centers. Check out the top stories in urban innovation from cities like Toronto, Memphis, Cleveland and Denver. 

Luke Jaden: Making It In Show Biz At 18

There are lots of high school kids with dreams of becoming a Hollywood director. But how many of them have started their own production company, attracted professional talent to their first 40-minute feature, and have a trio of projects currently in development? Oakland County teen Luke Jaden does.

Walkable, urban...Southgate? Rethinking Suburban Design

It's no secret that people and businesses are looking for communities with vibrant, walkable downtowns. What's a suburb dominated by shopping centers to do? Southgate has some innovative ideas about how they can thrive in the 21st century.

OpEd: There's More Than One Way to Bust Blight

Vacant property demolition often leaves cities with big holes in their landscapes -- and lost opportunties. Max Nussenbaum, Venture for America fellow and co-founder of Rebirth Realty, says restoration is key to Detroit's ongoing revitalization.

The Secret Life of Planterra

When it comes to buying plants you can be forgiven if florists and highway greenhouses are the first thing to come to mind. But let us open your mind (and eyes) to an entirely different level of horticultural design. Let us cultivate in you an appreciation for the entrepreneurial ambitions of Planterra, a West Bloomfield company that brings new meaning to organic design.

Three Common Sense Solutions for Local Transit (That Metro Detroit Isn't Doing)

Believe it or not, improving mobility in metro Detroit doesn't necessarily mean we have to blow billions of dollars on highway expansions. Metromode presents three fairly inexpensive ideas for how to improve our struggling transportation system.

SellerNation Aims to Revolutionize Real Estate Sales

When it comes to selling a house you know the drill: real estate agent, open houses, price adjustments, weeks - sometimes months - of showings and negotiations. If SellerNation has its way, things will change for the better. And given the success the Southfield-based company has had so far, that change might not be far off.
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