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Detroit's Midtown one of 10 best up-and-coming neighborhoods, says USA Today

USA Today mentioned Detroit's Midtown in the same breath as must-visit (or must-live) neighborhoods in Portland, New Orleans, Santa Fe, and the like.

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"The heart of the city,  Detroit's Midtown  is rapidly developing into a surprisingly well-rounded residential area while featuring an abundance of restaurants, galleries, community gardens and markets. Dedicated local entrepreneurs have made Midtown an attractive hub for small businesses with high-end shops like  Hugh  and  Nora, eateries like  Maccabee's at Midtown  and  Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company  and  Shinola, which makes American-made bicycles, watches, leather goods and journals. Midtown is at the core of the city's M-1 Rail development and non-motorized transportation plans will soon connect the district to Eastern Market and other neighborhoods via greenways and bike paths."

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Royal Oak named to national Top 10 Best Cities for Kids list

Royal Oak's schools and high quality of life make it one of the country's best places to start and raise a family, according to Livability.com.

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"Royal Oak, Mich., offers children a significant advantage with its highly-rated schools, progressive library system and strongly supported recreational programs. Both parents and children will benefit from Royal Oak’s funky, fun downtown. The city’s more than 50 parks and fun attractions, such as the John Lindell Ice Arena and Detroit Zoo, give kids plenty of fun things to do. Parents will appreciate the city’s below-national-average crime rate."

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National Main Streets conference & events land in Detroit, Ferndale this weekend

Detroit and area downtowns are serving as the backdrop for 1,200 of the nation's leading downtown revitalization experts, who are convening in downtown Detroit and Ferndale starting this weekend.

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"The Detroit suburb of Ferndale is among Michigan communities where downtown revitalization efforts are considered successful. Work has turned West Nine Mile from a bleak, dusty four-lane road into a walkable commercial strip with most storefronts filled...

"There's so much enthusiasm," said Patrice Frey, the Main Street Center's president and CEO. "After I visited Detroit last May, I told my husband, 'There's a really cool energy in Detroit. It feels like the next big thing.'"

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Register by June 6 for Michigan Shifting Gears job re-training program

Register by June 6 for Michigan Shifting Gears, which kicks into session on June 17.

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"The program is designed to help experienced professionals, returning veterans, stay-at-home parents and others facing a career crossroads fine-tune their skills to fit the needs of small businesses, entrepreneurial start-ups, and non-profits.  Launched in 2009 by Ann Arbor SPARK and Sensei Change Associates, Michigan Shifting Gears is a unique opportunity for seasoned professionals and other transitioning job seekers to learn how to put their talent and experience to work in "new economy" career opportunities."

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In time for grill season, stuffed chicken burgers become a Michigan & East Coast delicacy

Stuffed chicken burgers have lit a fire under their maker, Great Fresh Food, which is rushing to meet the demand.

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"Most burgers can be made on a grill in just a few minutes, but Jack Aronson and Dave Zilko's burger business strategy took about 2 ½  years to reach serving temperature for the masses.

Now their time and $6 million investment appear to be paying off as their  Jack's Special Grilled stuffed chicken burgers have hit the shelves in Michigan and on the East Coast, and the 26-employee parent company, Clinton Township-based  Great Fresh Food, fights to keep up with the unexpected level of demand."

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LTU selected as USA national organizer for World Robot Olympiad

LTU is taking a principal role in the World Robot Olympiad Association, which runs a global LEGO robotics competition that draws participants from around the world. LTU will also be hosting the USA competition finals next September.

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"The Olympiad started in Singapore in 2004. This year over 17,000 teams are participating. Each country has its own competition, and the winning teams from each country are invited to attend the World Robot Olympiad to compete for gold, silver and bronze medals.

This year's finals competition is scheduled to be held in the Olympic city at Sochi in Russia  Nov. 21-23. The event will be organized by the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Industry, and the Ministry of Communication of the Russian Federation. Participants from over 36 countries – including the United States for the first time – will be offered accommodations in the Olympic Village hotels and apartments."

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'Eloise' thriller feature film begins shooting in Wayne County

A dark, creepy piece of local history will be daylighted again with the filming of Eloise, a psychological thriller based on the lore surrounding the defunct insane asylum in western Wayne County.

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"The psychological thriller will utilize locations throughout Wayne County, with production offices based in Detroit's Masonic Temple...The project is expected to hire 117 Michigan workers – including more than 20 credited Michigan actors – with a full time equivalent of 51 jobs.

Eloise  takes place inside a defunct insane asylum of the same name.   At one point in time, it was the largest institution of its kind, a city unto itself.   Set in modern day, Jacob Martin and his three friends break into the abandoned institution in hopes of finding a death certificate, which will provide Jacob with the rights to a sizable inheritance.   While inside the asylum, the group finds that the institution houses a horrifying history as well as the truth about their own tragic pasts."

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And more on the legends of Eloise here.

Automation Alley awards FIRST robotics scholarship

With the aid of scholarships, high school and college students are gearing up for careers in robotics, an A+ industry in Michigan.

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"Automation Alley, Michigan's largest technology business association, has selected Brett Opel, a senior from Clarkston High School, as its FIRST robotics scholarship recipient for 2014. The scholarship, supported by the Automation Alley Fund, was created to recognize high school seniors involved in FIRST robotics that are interested in pursuing a science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) course of study at a Michigan college or university."

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Tonight is Bike Nite in downtown Ferndale

Go on a group spin on your bike tonight in downtown Ferndale from 6-8 p.m. The Downtown Ferndale Bike Shop will also be giving bike helmet adjustments and the Ferndale police will be on hand to license your bike.

Get the details here.

National Main St. Conference's Get in Gear reception to be held in downtown Ferndale on May 17

You're invited to Get in Gear, the welcome reception for the National Main  Street Conference taking place in Detroit. The kickoff is at the Rust Belt Market from 6 - 9 pm, Saturday, May 17. 

Get the details here.

Royal Oak is one of nation's 10 most exciting small cities

Chances are you won't lack for entertainment in Royal Oak. When it comes to nightlife, the active life, food options, and a younger population, it's right up there among the nation's very best small metros.

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"We can't say we're too surprised to see Royal Oak in our top 10. After all, the city was ranked No. 7 on our list of  the best places in Michigan. In terms of this ranking, however, it had to rank according to a very different set of criteria. In those, it did best when it came to young residents,where it placed 17th overall with 28 percent of its people being ages 20 to 34.

Like the other nine most exciting small cities, Royal Oak essentially did quite well across the board, with places like LUNA to bolster the nightlife score (27th), the Red Coat tavern on non-fast food eating (29th), and active life (29th) represented by the Detroit Zoo, which is located within the city's borders."

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HGTV's 'House Hunters' show comes to Detroit

Check out this episode of House Hunters, where the search for a Midtown Detroit home is on.

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"Young first-time buyers, Dan and Rachel, are hoping to find the ultimate deal in the hip Detroit neighborhood of Ferndale. But the seemingly inexpensive, five-figure deals are a wake-up call for these 20-somethings when they encounter the realities of the turbulent Motown real estate market."

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The Atlantic Cities calls for bus rapid transit all the way downtown

With mass transit finally going places in Detroit, The Atlantic Cities makes its case for dedicated bus lane network through city downtowns. 

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"One of the reasons so-called  Bus-Rapid Transit projects have been  so  contentious  in U.S. cities is that urban street space is a precious commodity. Unwilling to give BRT  exclusive lanes  along the median, many cities route the buses into curbside lanes with mixed traffic. There, BRT must share the curb with turning cars, double-parked trucks, and other traffic conflicts — forcing the buses initially sold to the public as "speedy" to a crawl.

In other words, what feels like a compromise is really a critical error. American cities that fail to extend true BRT through the downtown area ensure that the systems receive their greatest visibility in places where they experience their lowest effectiveness. The result can be to sour public opinion on BRT at large, making subsequent expansions —  there or elsewhere around the country  — all the more difficult."

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Michigan's venture capital growth outstrips national trends

As Michigan becomes a knowledge economy, venture capital firms and deals are coming its way. 

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"Despite a diminished national fundraising climate during the last five years in which total capital under management nationally decreased by 3.5 percent, total capital under management among Michigan-based firms increased by 45 percent, from $1.1 billion to $1.6 billion, essentially the reverse of the national trend.

Other key survey findings in Michigan's venture capital growth from 2009-2013 include:
  • 44 percent increase in number of venture capital firms in Michigan, compared to a 6 percent increase nationally.
  • Nearly a doubling in the number of venture capital professionals in Michigan, compared to a net 13 percent decrease nationally."
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Forbes profiles Michigan's advanced manufacturing sector

Check out this video in Forbes on Michigan's attempt to close the skills gap and match employers with talent.
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