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Powering the Mitten: What mix of fuel will power Michigan's future?

Electricity in Michigan comes mostly from coal and nuclear power, but that's set to change in the next decade. DTE Energy's Nick Khouri talks about how the utility is planning for the change.

What's going on with the RTA? Five tough questions with CEO Michael Ford

Of the top 25 metro regions, metro Detroit is the only one that doesn't have a functional regional mass transit system. The recently established RTA was meant to remedy that. But progress has been slow... and quiet. Metromode's Natalie Burg asks the organization's new CEO what's going on.

Happy Holidays!

Metromode wishes you the warmest of holiday wishes ...before its staff indulges in two weeks of rest, holiday cheer, and gift returns. We'll be back January 8th with more stories about the people, companies and innovations that fuel metro Detroit's creative and economic growth.

Attracting high tech talent to metro Detroit means combating negative perceptions

Attracting young, professional talent from outside the state can be tough for metro Detroit firms looking to hire the best and the brightest. Lifestyle is as important as job fit. That means overcoming the negative perceptions non-Michiganders have about a state many have never visited.

How to make metro Detroit a destination, not a point of departure, for foreign-born talent

Southeast Michigan attracts an impressive number of foreign-born residents and, as a result, entrepreneurs. But unlike most other metro regions, assimilation rather than ethnic enclaves is the rule of thumb. 

Three Woodward Ave. development trends we're excited about

Change is slow when it comes to metro Detroit communities. That's why we're excited about the innovative projects and thinking that has taken root in Ferndale, Birmingham and Pontiac. From mixed-use mandates to reimagined parking structures to entire city blocks being readied for redevelopment, these Woodward Ave. communities are embracing a more walkable future.

Is there a future for metro Detroit ganjapreneurs?

The politics of marijuana are shifting, and states like Colorado and Washington are seeing big growth in both entrepreneurship and tax revenues as a result. So where do metro Detroit providers stand since passing the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act in 2008, and does the state have a ganjapreneurial future?

Incubating a new food industry in metro Detroit

Launching a food-based business in metro Detroit is a lot harder than you think. Luckily, budding foodpreneurs are getting a leg up, courtesy of Southfield's kitchen co-working space, The Culinary Studio, and The Seed, a business incubator started by the owners of Garden Fresh.

Powering the Mitten: Manufacturing, electricity and Michigan's future

Michigan's manufacturing economy is on the rebound just as its energy future is in flux. How can the Mitten state maintain a strong manufacturing base while transitioning to cleaner energy?

A more efficient beer: Metro Detroit's greenest breweries

When you consider what it takes to make your favorite microbrew, there's no getting around the fact that it is an energy- and resource-intensive process. Metromode checks in with our most green-minded breweries and what they're doing to make a more sustainable beer.

Best/Worst: Bikes & borders in metro Detroit

Metro Detroit communities struggle with the legacies of the past, the demands of the present, and the needs of the future. Some do a good job of balancing those concerns. Others, not so much. Our newest series points to the good and bad choices local communities make and what we can learn from them. In the cross-hairs this month: Ann Arbor and Grosse Pointe.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Metromode will be off next week to celebrate Thanksgiving, expressing our gratitude to those who have made our lives richer. We'll be back Dec. 4 with more stories of ideas and innovation. Have a wonderful holiday!

How teens are helping program Detroit's contemporary art museum

The MOCAD Teen Council is a select group of young creatives from metro Detroit who come together with museum professionals to produce and plan programming for youth and adults. 

Doing business differently: IdeaLab returns Nov. 14

Over the last five years, IdeaLab has showcased dozens of Detroiters on the vanguard of community and economic development, and this year's Nov. 14 event is no exception.

OpEd: What's next for mass transit

With 65% of voters in SMART communities voting to increase taxes to support and maintain bus service, along with plans for rapid transit on Detroit's major corridors, it's obvious that transportation choices are a priority for Detroiters. Megan Owens, executive director of Transportation Riders United, discusses what to expect by the 2016 elections.
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