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OpEd: Why Oakland County Needs More Global Firms

As part of its efforts to attract more firms to the region over the last several years, Oakland County has been venturing way beyond its backyard. Irene Spanos, director of the Oakland County Dept. of Economic Development & Community Affairs, explains why the county needs to include the entire world within its 908-square-mile boundary.

Cool Jobs: Brian Pawlik, Walkability Guru

Brian Pawlik knows what makes a community more walkable and why you should care. Whether it's pedestrian routes, bike paths or 'complete streets,' this SEMCOG planner is preaching the gospel of carless alternatives.

No Mistake By the Lake: What Metro Detroit Can Learn from Cleveland's BRT System

Bus rapid transit, which is less expensive and more flexible than light or heavy rail options, has been bandied about as a viable means for mass transit in Detroit. Matthew Lewis went south of the Michigan border to check out one of the premier systems in the nation. 

Making It in the Midnight Hour

Quick, name a locally created and produced television show that isn't a news program. Not so easy, is it? As the number of cable channels swells, it's ironic that local content dwindles. For six years now, Lee Martin's The Midnight Hour has proven itself the exception to that rule, producing a once-a-month suspense anthology that uses a whole lot of homegrown talent..

Urbanizing Metro Detroit's Suburbia

The lines between suburban and urban are finally blurring in some Metro Detroit communities. And none too soon. Though our region ranks last in terms of urban revitalization among the 25 largest metros, things are looking up. "You're moving in the right direction," says Christopher Leinberger, senior fellow at The Brookings Institution.

OpEd: Local Governments Need More Millennial Leaders

It appears local government bodies aren't reflecting the faces of their residents. Millennials are 23% of the area's population, yet hold only 6% of local board and commission seats. Emily Thompson, program manager for the Michigan Suburbs Alliance, opines on the need for change, and how the new On Board database can help.

Finding the Balance Between an Asian and American Identity

No matter how loving the home, Asian adoptees often struggle with identity. The impacts of race and culture don't diminish with assimilation. Mam non is a support program that helps adopted children and their parents bridge the gap between their Asian and American identities.

Making Space for Art in Dearborn

There are community art centers and then there is what Dearborn has decided to do. Demonstrating a uniquely powerful commitment to arts and culture, the city plans to transform its former city hall building into ArtSpace, a place where nearly 50 artists will live, create and display their work. It's the first of its kind in Michigan.

E-commerce Pioneer Can't Stop Building Businesses

Need, meet solution. That, according to Stuart Carlin, is the basics of entrepreneurship. Recognizing the potential of the Internet in the '90s, this West Bloomfield serial entrepreneur saw his e-commerce biz flourish as others faded. He then took what he learned and applied it to his next business. And his next. 

Guest Blogger: Irene Spanos

Communications and IT have become the fastest-growing sector in Oakland County in recent years, according to Irene Spanos, director of the Oakland County Dept. of Economic Development & Community Affairs. She talks about why tech entrepreneurs are arriving – and staying – in the county.

Six Habits of Highly Successful Metro Detroit Entrepreneurs

There are some who believe that "we become what we do." With that mantra in mind, Metromode's Jon Zemke asked six local entrepreneurs about the good habits they've developed on their path to success.

AfterHouse: Fighting Blight by Growing a Greenhouse

Fire and blight have left more than a few holes in metro Detroit's neighborhoods. AfterHouse has an idea for a temporary solution: below-ground greenhouses. The organization, inspired by South American farmers who build subterranean 'walipinis' to grow crops year-round, is using a burnt-out house in Detroit as its prototype.

Ann Arbor: Birthplace of the Ultimate Mobile Device?

Are you ready for your car to go driverless? While it's arguable as to whether Michigan will remain the international manufacturing center for auto bodies and interiors, the Ann Arbor area is likely to remain the industry's brain center as research ramps up on wirelessly connected, self-driving car systems.

Cool Jobs: Iain Lanivich, Creative Director

Consider it a sign of the times. Lowe Campbell Ewald got its start as a Detroit ad agency back in 1911, relocated to the suburbs in 1978, then moved back to Motown last month. Creative Director Iain Lanivich wasn't only excited about the move, he created a video love letter to Detroit that ended up going viral. He heads to SX*SW next month to talk about the virtues of living and working in the D.

Guest Blogger: Courtney Randolph

The new year offers up the opportunity to act upon old resolutions, or to make new ones. Courtney Randolph, program manager and volunteer coordinator at nonprofit 826michigan, outlines all the reasons to get involved in the community by volunteering at a host of worthy organizations.
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