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How to make metro Detroit a destination, not a point of departure, for foreign-born talent

Southeast Michigan attracts an impressive number of foreign-born residents and, as a result, entrepreneurs. But unlike most other metro regions, assimilation rather than ethnic enclaves is the rule of thumb. 

Maker Faire at five: The community it's forged and the future it needs

This weekend marks the fifth summer The Henry Ford has produced Maker Faire, showcasing local inventors, innovators, artists and creatives to tens of thousands of metro Detroiters. Metromode chats with a trio of makers who've been involved since the beginning about why the fair is important to them and what it needs to continue.

OpEd: Why Mechatronics is Hot

Taking a cue from European-owned firms in Oakland County, southeast Michigan's universities and trade schools are offering degrees and certification in mechatronics, a multi-disciplinary field of engineering. Irene Spanos, Oakland County's economic development director, says why the region should support this burgeoning field.

From Michigan to the Red Sea: Building Global

Adding to Michigan's global outlook are companies like general contracting and construction firm PAT USA, Inc., with offices in Africa, the Middle East, and India. Though much of the work takes place abroad, globalization creates jobs locally. And it's a handshake between countries.

Immigration: An Old Solution for the New Economy

Yousif Ghafari is the living embodiment of the American immigrant success story. He was born in Lebanon, earned multiple college degrees in the U.S., and spent decades building a business from scratch. The result has been wealth, community status, political connections, and a reputation for philanthropy. Needless to say, Ghafari has some strong opinions about the role of immigrants in our region's success. Dennis Archambault gets the story.
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Scott Clein

Scott Clein is an Associate with civil engineering firm Giffels-Webster Engineers where he manages the firmsí Detroit office. A graduate of both U-M and WSU, Scott has spent much of the last 14 years working to improve the regionís physical environment. He'll be writing about the redevelopment of Metro Detroit.

Mike Finney

Mike is president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK. A passionate advocate for the transformation of Michigan's high-tech economy he also managed the MEDCís $1 billion Michigan Life Sciences Corridor initiative between 2000 and 2002. Mike will be wriing about who's making a difference in the Michigan and why.
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Engineering Videos

Welcome To Automation Alley

If building a knowledge-based economy is Michigan's only hope then, much like the force, Automation Alley is what binds the region's technological companies together, finding ways for them to succeed in the global marketplace.

Jacobsen Daniels: Planning Airports and the Aerotropolis

In eight years this airport planning firm has grown more than ten fold, bought a building in downtown Ypsilanti and count many of the nation's biggest airports as their clients. From internships to aerotropolis development, Jacobsen Daniels is not only the kind of new economy business Michigan needs more of, they are passionately invested in their community's future.

A2 Mech Shop

It's all about playing nice together. Concentrate has reported on everything from food co-ops, to co-living communities to co-working facilities. It only seems fair to throw a little love to the A2Mech Shop, a shared technical space for entrepreneurial engineers and innovative mech heads.
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