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What it takes to transform Southeast Michigan into a STEM Hub

Building a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) economy is widely seen as a pathway to prosperity. So what would it take to make Southeast Michigan a STEM Hub? Dr. Tonya Matthews, CEO of the Michigan Science Center, has a few ideas, starting with putting people first.

Madison Heights, the Asian food capital of metro Detroit

The small city in Oakland County is home to dozens of restaurants specializing in cuisine from practically every country in Southeast Asia, as well as a handful of specialty grocery stores offering spices, produce, and a variety of dried goods that can't be found anywhere else in the region. 

Winter harvest: How local farmers are extending the growing season

Frigid temperatures and snow don't mean you have to rule out eating fresh, regionally-sourced vegetables. Winter food production is alive and thriving in and around Michigan thanks to greenhouse growing and other season-extending technologies.

The inclusive suburb: Southfield's long history of intentional integration

Since the 1970s, the city of Southfield stands out among other metro Detroit suburbs as a place that has been both inclusive and economically stable, a rare feat in a fractured metropolis. 

Homegrown Connect India Now fosters transcontinental networking

Indians are the largest immigrant group in Southeast Michigan – which is reason enough to reach across 8000 miles and better connect our nations. But with the ever-expanding global economy, efforts like Connect India Now have become an economic and social networking imperative.

5 Tough Questions: Birmingham City Council Member Mark Nickita

Diversity, walkability, locally owned businesses and identity are all on the table when Metromode's Natalie Burg puts Birmingham City Council member Mark Nickita in the hot seat. Learn why Nickita wants to banish the moniker "Southeast Michigan."

OpEd: Startups should target customers before capital

Metro Detroit is not Silicon Valley, says Tom Kelly, Automation Alley's Director of Entrepreneurship. He argues that startups looking for investment need to be crafting their products and strategies around actual customer demand rather than speculative innovations.

Can we power the Mitten with "energy freedom"?

It's a brave new energy world in Michigan. Coal is on the way out, natural gas, wind and solar are on the way in. But the bigger question is who will generate electricity in the future-- traditional utilities, or individuals and communities? Metromode's Nina Ignaczak plugs in to find out.

Can local crowdfunding startups compete in a crowded field?

Ten years ago the concept behind crowdfunding barely existed. Today, it's a mainstream source of investment for businesses, artists, communities and real estate. Which means, a new, growing industry of crowdfunding platforms has taken root in metro Detroit. 

5 Tough Questions for Conan Smith of the Michigan Suburbs Alliance

From poverty to regional cooperation to highway funding to city-suburb political rivalries, Metromode puts Michigan Suburbs Alliance Executive Director Conan Smith in the hot seat... and gets candid, thoughtful answers.

From almost famous to truly famous: Metro Detroit's up-and-coming chefs have arrived

Back in 2012 Metromode ran a two-part story on metro Detroit's up and coming restaurant scene and the chefs who were striving to make a name for themselves. So, where are these culinary young guns now? As it turns out, each and every one has not only delivered on their promise but exceeded expectations.

How 'smart' is Michigan's electrical grid?

You may have a smart meter on your house, but what's so "smart" about it? We explore Michigan's foray into the "smart grid" and how it affects you.

Dearborn's Carhartt takes their rugged brand to a worldwide audience

For 125 years Carhartt has made clothing for blue collar professionals, developing a strong reputation for reliability and durability - features the fashion industry has rarely celebrated. But with a growing appreciation for craftsmanship - particularly among millennials - the  Dearborn-based company has found a new and enthusiastic audience.

The future of the Highland Park Ford Plant is in the past

There is a growing appreciation that industrial buildings built in the past present one-of-a-kind reuse opportunities today. Case in point: the vacant, 105 year-old Highland Park Ford Plant, which holds great potential both within its walls and for the surrounding neighborhood.

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.
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