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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!

Can Southgate Become an Anchor for Regional Sustainability and Affordability?

The Michigan Suburbs Alliance is piloting Green Anchors, an innovative program that takes a holistic approach to affordable housing, green building and community engagment. The plan is to turn the tenants of newly renovated Southgate homes into neighborhood evangelists for energy efficiency. Think of it as a 'Domino Effect' of sustainability. 

Kidpreneur Teaches Tween Tycoons

Some tweens spend their free time playing XBox and Minecraft while others launch their own start-ups. From business cards to elevator pitches, serial entrepreneur Thanh Tran wants his Kidpreneur program to teach its middle school magnates both the thrill of success and the educational value of failure.

Guest Blogger: Melinda Weinstein

Museums are repositories of the past, but they're not getting buried by new technology. Melinda Weinstein, a professor of English at Lawrence Technological University, gets a snapshot of why and how the leadership at Detroit's premiere museums is carving a digital future.

Everything is Illuminated: Intellistreets Evolves the Humble Light Bulb

Let there be light... and sound and video. Farmington Hills-based Intellistreets is taking Thomas Edison's signature invention to a whole new level, using wireless technology to integrate digital information. It's only fitting that their product now illuminates his Menlo Park laboratory at The Henry Ford.

Guest Blogger: Kathe Koja

It's Halloween, and our dark sides are face-up. Novelist, horror writer, and producer Kathe Koja says why darkness is good for Detroit souls.
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