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OpEd: Getting renewable energy policy in Michigan right

The pending Energy Freedom bill package is a market-based approach that empowers individual property-owners to make choices about renewable energy generation rather than leaving it to the utility companies. James Clift, policy director for the Michigan Environmental Council, weighs in on how we should turn small-scale renewable energy into a large-scale pursuit. 

Intergenerational partnerships fuel success in metro Detroit companies

"Make new friends and keep the old..." is more than just a nice sentiment, it can be a smart business strategy. Pairing the energy and creativity of young entrepreneurs with the experience and contacts of elder business leaders has proven to be a powerful tool for several metro Detroit firms.

How about them apples? Metro Detroit's craft cider industry

Beer, mead, spirits... with the rise of Michigan's craft breweries and distilleries it was inevitable that hard cider would follow suit. And with summer sliding into fall, wouldn't you like to know who's making what in metro Detroit? Metromode's Nicole Rupersburg has the answers.

What AirBNB taught us about how metro Detroit sees itself

You can learn a lot about a community by listening to the way its residents sell it. So, we here at Metromode decided to dig into AirBNB and analyze what metro Detroiters talk about when they talk about themselves. What we found is that the more things change, the more they remain the same.

OpEd: Why Detroit needs social entrepreneurs

Social entrepreneurship has a double bottom line: profit and the greater good. Romy Gingras, president of Gingras Global, and Elizabeth Garlow, former executive director of the Michigan Corps, discuss how and why social enterprise solves both business and societal needs.

Ferndale's latest visual effect: Think So Animation studio

The Michigan Film Incentive may be a pale shadow of what it was a few years ago, but that doesn't mean all the movie talent has fled the state. Case in point: Deb Scott and Think So Animation. A New York transplant with big screen cred, her Ferndale studio will offer classes to those who want to learn the art of computer graphics and animation.

A welcomed emergency manager?

The installation of emergency managers in communities like Detroit, Flint and Pontiac has not been without vocal criticism. In downriver Lincoln Park, however, many civic leaders have embraced the fiscal guidance their new EM is providing, seeing it as an opportunity to chart a path toward economic stability.

Plymouth business asks customers to sit, roll, play

Opening a brick and mortar business in today's on-demand, technology-driven economy is a risky roll of the dice. Opening a business that insists on slowing down and unplugging from the net is, well, a whole other game. Which is exactly the point Chris Erwin and Angela Space are trying to make at 3 & Up, their newly opened board game lounge in Plymouth. 

Back to school break

Let's face it, we all need a day off. Especially with the start of school. Metromode will be taking a break as we gear up for homework, after school clubs, and the generalized chaos that follows Labor Day. But look for a new issue on September 11th, when we return with more stories of innovation and growth.

Powering the Mitten: Where will Michigan's energy come from in 20 years?

This fall, legislators in Lansing will take up the question of how Michigan will get its energy in the future. Nina Ignaczak spoke to experts across the sector to find out what they think Michigan's energy landscape will look like in 20 years.

OpEd: Why interns should be civically involved

Student internship programs go far beyond short-term employment stints; they have significant long-term benefits. Brenda Gallick, human resources director at Billhighway, covers what the company looks for in interns and why their civic involvement is a priority.

Fermenta galvanizes women in Michigan's craft beverage industry

Some clubs are created to exclude. Some clubs are created to nurture. Fermenta is a Michigan collective devoted to helping women craft brewers find their feet in an industry otherwise dominated by men.

Small-scale, big deal: UIX invites urban innovators to exchange ideas in Detroit

Cities are reinventing themselves in creative new ways. Can small-scale projects have big impact? Join the Urban Innovation Exchange this Sept. 24-26 in Detroit to explore creative projects driving neighborhood transformation and trade ideas for the future.

Cool Jobs: Sem and Teresa Abrahams, unicyclists

As part of the never-ending quest to acquire more exotic skills, metro Detroit kids have been taking classes in everything from aerial gymnastics to robotics to puppetry. You can now add circus arts to the mix, with Livonia-based Cirque Amongus, a school started by a family of world-renowned unicyclists.

The case for protected bike lanes in metro Detroit

Studies have shown that protected bike lanes increase ridership across all demographics and significantly decrease accidents. So how does metro Detroit transition from being just bike-tolerant to truly becoming bike-friendly? Metromode's Natalie Burg digs in.
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