Longform Dr. Kimberlydawn Wisdom, founder of the Women-Inspired Neighborhood Network: Detroit.

Detroit initiatives combat high Black infant mortality rate with dignity and compassion

Black infant mortality rates in Michigan are consistently two and sometimes even three times higher than in white communities.

Development News The reimagining of this particular stretch of one of the country’s most iconic commercial corridors is expected to be completed in the late fall of 2023.

Construction on Woodward Avenue 'road diet' set to resume in Ferndale

The reimagining of this particular stretch of one of the country’s most iconic commercial corridors is expected to be completed in the late fall of 2023.

Development News The series is presented in partnership between Velocity and Macomb Next.

Second in a series of Industry 4.0 workshops asks the question: What's the big deal about big data?

“These events are for manufacturers of all sizes,” says Vicky Rowinski, director, MCPED.

Development News The Gabriel Brass Band leading revelers through downtown Farmington to open the Grand Raven Festival in October 2022.

National and regional honors recognize good things happening in Farmington

"The City leadership, volunteers and stakeholders, and the entire business community in the City have rallied together with a focus on making Farmington the best that it can be," Kevin Christiansen, City of Farmington Planning and Building Department Director, said in a statement.

Partner Content The Greater Flint Health Coalition’s work in gardens grew out of its SNAP-Ed direct education programming like Fresh Conversations and Rec-Connect™, pictured here at Burton Senior Activity Center.

Gardens growing change in Flint

The Greater Flint Health Coalition delivers nutrition and physical activity education with SNAP-Ed direct education programming to residents, including senior citizens, across Flint and Genesee County. 

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Mi STEM Forward Program Connects Employers with Talented Students

With more than 550 interns placed, the Michigan STEM Forward program is connecting Michigan’s young talent with companies in key industries across the state. Many of the interns are students at one of the three state research-intensive universities that make up the University Research Corridor (URC), an alliance of Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University dedicated to strengthening Michigan’s economy.

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PHOTOS: 9 Irish pubs that have become neighborhood darlin's

With the Corktown parade this weekend, St Paddy's Day looks big this year. But not all publican houses are created equal. Some emanate charm, all gloomy corners and polished brass, while others radiate cheer with festive shamrocks and Kelly greens. Here are nine that have become stalwarts in our suburbs. Do you have a local?

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Why these well-established restauranteurs are excited for this year's Dearborn Restaurant Week

“Competition is fierce here in Dearborn, and everybody here does a hell of a job running the show. And we respect every one of them," says Moe Hider, owner of Famous Hamburger. "We work with a lot of our competition. We try and do events together, we promote each other. At the end of the day, if your neighbor is doing good, you're doing good, as well.”

Feature Story Lindsay Kennedy, owner of Dolcetto Cheese & Specialty Goods in downtown Farmington.

First-time entrepreneur finds her independence in downtown Farmington

"Ferndale has its little niche of quality food markets, and then obviously if you go down to Detroit there's so much incredible food. But we don't have that in Farmington yet so I really want to help connect people to great food experiences," says Lindsay Kennedy, owner of Dolcetto Cheese & Specialty Goods.

Feature Story Volunteers for Gleaners Community Food Bank at the Oakland County Farmers Market mobile distribution

A financial triple whammy for nonprofitsFeature: Nonprofit Journal Project

Inflation, a talent shortage, and the end of COVID-related support means nonprofits are facing particularly challenging times.  

Feature Story Chanel Domonique, Darylynn 'DeDe' Mumphord

Meet 3 women shaping Detroit's hip-hop renaissance

"Don't feel like it's not a space for you, because there is," advises Lauren "Lo" McGrier, who manages popular music venue El Club, as well as Detroit hip-hop talent. "You deserve to be in that room just as much as that other person..." 

Longform Conversations about hard topics like suicide can help prevent it.

Here's how Michigan's community mental health agencies are helping prevent youth suicide

Summit Pointe, Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan, and other community mental health agencies provide youth access to services that help them overcome suicidal thoughts and self-harming actions.

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Detroit Writing Room brings an intimate author series to The Whitney

The Whitney series features six high-profile authors with Michigan ties, ranging from ProPublica investigative reporter Andy Kroll to Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist and children’s book author Desiree Cooper. The stories speak of no-fear parenting, true-crime reporting, bold decision-making, personal endurance, and the celebration of home.

Feature Story The 25th annual Sterling Heights Cultural Exchange took place on Friday, Feb. 24.

PHOTOS: Scenes from this year's Sterling Heights Cultural Exchange

The 25th annual Sterling Heights Cultural Exchange took place on Friday, Feb. 24, at the Sterling Heights Community Center. We sent photographer David Lewinski to document this year's festival and his photos already have us looking forward to next year. Here's why.

Longform Aisha Sanders, owner and creator of Wicksup Candle Co. in Oak Park, explains the candle making process to a Food and Friendship Connections group.

Program brings friendship, needed resources to older adults living with HIV in Detroit and Lansing

Seventy-five Detroit- and Lansing-area residents have benefited from a pilot program called Food and Friendship Connections, which offers meals, transportation, and community for older adults living with HIV.

Feature Story Norman Clement, Detroit Change Initiative

Redistricting – and how nonprofits helped to preserve democracyFeature: Nonprofit Journal Project

While memories of the November elections might be fading, the results are here for the long haul as the new Michigan legislature gets to work. In this feature by MJ Galbraith, read how historically underrepresented “communities of interest” weighed in on redistricting decisions of the bipartisan Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission with some surprising results.

Longform Breastfeeding education materials at the Black Mothers' Breastfeeding Association in Detroit.

Michigan's breastfeeding networks educate parents, address disparities, advocate for parent rights

Support networks for breastfeeding parents are helping more little Michiganders get their best start in life.

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As Dearborn Restaurant Week approaches, these new restaurants are ready to impress

Dearborn Restaurant Week returns to the city for a ten-day affair beginning on Friday, March 3, and runs through Sunday, March 12. In Part One of our Dearborn Restaurant Week coverage, we check in with two brand new restaurants that will be participating for the first time in this year’s event. They also happen to be neighbors.

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Resources after a shooting: How to help adolescents, talk to media, navigate trauma

We aren't alone in grappling with how to talk to loved ones about mass shootings and gun violence, sadly, but there are resources to help. We've compiled a list of guides, many from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, that can assist with navigating tough conversations at this time.

Feature Story Learn all the right moves at Argentine Tango Detroit dance studio.

5 date night ideas sure to stir up the romance in Macomb County

Here are five fun and exciting ideas for your next date night in Macomb County.

Nonprofit leaders across southeast Michigan are contributing their thoughts via journal entries on how COVID-19 is affecting their organization. 
This series is made possible with the generous support of our partners, the Michigan Nonprofit Association and Co.ACT. Click here to read the journal entries.