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A Special Sibling

Over the last several decades, innovative educational and social programs have been developed for special-needs children. But what of their siblings, who have to adapt and learn to a unique and challenging family environment? Enter SibShops, an international program that has found a welcome home in metro Detroit.

Guest Blogger: Norene Cashen

The recent launch of the Write-a-House program in Detroit is an example of how the literary arts are a creative force reshaping the city. InsideOut Literary Arts Project Writer-in-Residence Norene Cashen explains why the Detroit community should embrace and support its young scribes.

A Vital Connection

Inspired by personal struggles with cancer, Stephen Goldner partnered with David Fuehrer to launch CureLauncher, a company that connects patients with experimental treatments. In less than a year this Bloomfield Hills-based startup has seen an incredible response from hospitals, health organizations, investors and, most importantly, doctors and their patients.

Metro Detroit's Jerky Boys

Head into northern Michigan and homemade jerky is a way of life. Here in metro Detroit, not so much. That hasn't stopped Don and Steve Francis from elevating dried cured meat and sausage to an art form. From bison to rattlesnake, the brothers have built a pair of businesses that have attracted fans from all over the country.

Municipal Millennials: Three Metro Detroit City Officials Who Are Under 40

Metro Detroit's city councils and commissions are mostly composed of older citizens. This tends to limit the interests and experiences of those charting their community's future. Metromode's Patrick Dunn went in search of a few municipally-minded Millennials to ask what got them involved and how others of their generation might follow suit.

Happy Holidays!

Tis the season to spend time with our families and friends. The folks at Metromode will be enjoying two weeks of rest, relaxation, bad sweaters and good cheer. Some sleeping in may also be involved. We'll see you on January 9th!

Guest Blogger: Hayley Roberts

The birth of the Regional Transit Authority shows that Metro Detroiters are banding together around mass transit. So what's next? Bus rapid transit and a single-fare system are options that Michigan Suburbs Alliance Communications Director Hayley Roberts says we may get movement on in 2014.

Power Sharing is Tougher Than You Think

How does a company's sole owner and founder transition to the power-sharing structure of executive leadership? That's the challenge that faces Billhighway, a Troy-based firm that's looking to enter its second stage of development. Metromode's Jon Zemke looks for lessons from successful (and less-than-successful) local businesses.

Meet Catalysts for Neighborhood Growth

The people and places behind innovation and jobs are where we can really take the pulse of statewide recovery. Take a look inside at case studies in three cities that put a human face on community engagement and economic growth.

Cracking the Digital Ceiling

Having more women in tech leadership positions isn't just about equity, it's about economic vitality.  Metromode's Natalie Burg connects with a trio of prominent local women to get their ideas on how to unlock a new generation of female technology chiefs.

Data Driven Leadership: A Q&A with Mayor Kurt Metzger

When leaders change, new wishlists are written. Metromode talks with Kurt Metzger, the new mayor of Pleasant Ridge, on why Metro Detroit communities should cooperate across their borders. 

IdeaLab: A Look into the Future

Issue Media Group is excited to partner again with the Revitalization and Business Conference to present "IdeaLab," a fast-paced, two-hour session with a stellar line-up of Detroit innovators. Hosted by the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business, this Dec. 6 event is free and open to the public. Sign up now!

Guest Blogger: Brandon Fournier

Despite Michigan's recovering economy, some local governments, still saddled with inflation and legacy costs, are fending off insolvency. Southgate City Administrator Brandon Fournier says shared city services are one way out of this.

Saladin Ahmed: Fantasy Forged in the Heart of Dearborn

From Dearborn to New York City and back to metro Detroit, Saladin Ahmed is a Hugo- and Nebula-nominated author who has found just the right balance of family life and creative connection.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Cicero once said: "Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others." With that in mind, Metromode will be off next week to celebrate Thanksgiving. We'll be back Dec. 5 with more stories of growth and innovation. Enjoy the holiday!
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