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Why Michigan is a leader in place-based education

Dr. Doris Terry Williams, executive director of the Rural School and Community Trust, discusses the need for place-based education in both rural and urban environments and how Michigan's Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative is leading the charge.

Why Detroit's improv comedy scene is no joke

Detroit is not exactly NYC, Chicago, or L.A., but the local improv scene, which has produced national talents like Keegan-Michael Key, is thriving thanks to dedicated performers and theaters like Planet Ant and Go Comedy!.

VIDEO: Hundreds find new ideas for their cities at inaugural Urban Innovation Exchange in Detroit

In September, innovators from around the country convened in Detroit to exchange their ideas for building better cities and stronger communities. For three days, Detroit was transformed into a marketplace for ideas for cities.

The city needs to help Detroiters finance home restorations

The city of Detroit is encouraging the rehabbing of delinquent homes through initiatives such as Neighbors Wanted, but funds are limited and the work timeframe too short. Detroit landlord and Castle CEO Max Nussenbaum offers up new ideas for realistic financing that the city should consider.  

Toby Barlow sinks his teeth into the local ad industry

The auto industry has rebounded but the ad industry is in a state of flux. So what does that mean for metro Detroit firms? Metromode sits down with Team Detroit's Toby Barlow to get his thoughts on where things are, where they're headed, and how local agencies fit in.

What does it take to light up metro Detroit's commitment to energy efficiency?

When it comes to energy, there is no regional body guiding metro Detroit’s policies or future. For the last six years the Southeast Michigan Regional Energy Office has stepped in, inspiring efficiency and conservation through collaboration and education.

Rummaging through Metro Detroit: 5 great places to upcycle

Throw a stone in the air and you're bound to hit a resale, recycling, reuse or junk shop. But which places offer the best trash-to-treasure odds? Metromode takes you on the nickel tour of the region's top upcycling destinations.

PoorManProps: Halloween the DIY way

No one bats an eye at year-round Christmas shops and houses covered in twinkly lights. But deck your yard out with tombstones and zombies and the neighbors look twice. That doesn't stop the members of PoorManProps, a group of DIY Halloween makers who know how to get their spook on.

Powering the Mitten: Making southeast Michigan's electricity grid more resilient

Power outages in metro Detroit have become a fact of life for many. How can we make our electric grid more resilient to severe storms and hot days?

OpEd: Why DDAs should back business development

Downtown development authorities are commonly known for placemaking projects – capital improvements and programming intended to turn downtowns into gathering spaces. But critics claim such projects aren't translating into sales for local businesses. As such, Annette Knowles, executive director of the Farmington DDA, says business development should be high-priority on the DDA's list.

He knows what scares you: A Q&A with filmmaker and MPI founder Doug Schulze

Doug Schulze is dedicated to making movies in the Mitten. As the founder of the Motion Picture Institute he helps to train aspiring filmmakers for an industry that's just starting to take hold in the state. As a filmmaker he has found success with indie horrors. Schulze's latest project goes below the surface of Michigan's Great Lakes… in the dead of winter.

Stealth innovation: How a Troy company is reinventing vending machine technology

In 2009, Troy-based 365 Retail Markets generated $42K in revenue. This year it's projected to make $15 million. Read how one of Michigan's most under-the-radar tech companies is reinventing the vending machine experience and reaping big business in the process.

Metro Detroit: Under the radar

Feeling a bit like you're doing the same old, same old in metro Detroit? Looking for something a tad less obvious to do or see? Metromode's Nicole Rupersburg gives you the down low on places, events and venues that are off the beaten path, under the radar, or just plain under-appreciated.

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.
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