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Feature Story El Rancho serves up a feast for Restaurant Week.

Dining Destination: Restaurant Week is back in Southwest Detroit

More than 20 dining destinations in Southwest Detroit are celebrating a 10-day foodie festival, back for its third year following a pandemic pause. This year’s event will run through Sunday, Oct. 9. as part of Hispanic Heritage Month, and has become a social tool to increase awareness of diversity in Michigan.

Development News “With self-pour technology, (staff) can focus on storytelling and creating an awesome, inviting experience,” says Dayne Bartscht, co-founder and managing partner of Eastern Market Brewing Co.

Eastern Market Brewing’s new high tech taproom nears opening in Royal Oak

“With self-pour technology, (staff) can focus on storytelling and creating an awesome, inviting experience,” says Dayne Bartscht, co-founder and managing partner of Eastern Market Brewing Co.

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PHOTOS: Gabriel Brass Band leads revelers through downtown Farmington to open Grand Raven Festival

The third annual Grand Raven Festival returned to downtown Farmington with what’s likely been its biggest celebration yet. Photographer David Lewinski was on site, capturing all the Edgar Allan Poe-themed fun.

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Parents ask Michigan candidates the hard questions about early child care and educationHere's how they responded to child care affordability and universal preschool

Parents and childcare advocates showed up at a virtual forum recently to ask local candidates running for Michigan’s State House this November about the issues on families’ minds. Check out what the folks looking for your vote had to say about affordable childcare and universal preschool. 

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Child care tax credits and Proposal 3: Parents want to know where Michigan candidates stand

Parents and childcare advocates showed up at a virtual forum recently to ask local candidates running for Michigan’s State House this November about the issues on families’ minds. Check out what the folks looking for your vote had to say about child tax credits on a state level and reproductive rights.

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Michigan candidates share their views on expanding early childhood mental health

Among our state's children experiencing mental illness, more than a third are not receiving care, according to a recent report. Parents and childcare advocates showed up at a virtual forum recently to ask local candidates running for Michigan’s State House what they plan to do about it.

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Parents ask Michigan candidates: How will they support public education?

Bonnie Rolle, a retired Detroit Public School teacher and great-grandmother, wasn't afraid to ask Michigan candidates if they are committed to supporting public education if they are elected in November. Here's how some responded at a recent virtual forum. 

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Could a living wage for child care workers solve shortages? Michigan candidates weigh inVirtual community forum gives parents the chance to ask

The national average wage for a child care worker is now $13.22 per hour, and nearly 90,000 people have left the industry in the last two years. In Michigan, the shortage has left thousands of parents waiting for open spots in struggling facilities. Parents and childcare advocates showed up at a virtual forum recently to ask local candidates running for Michigan’s State House this November about solutions.

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Michigan schools expand mental health services in wake of Oxford school shooting

Oxford Community Schools have introduced a host of new mental health supports – even as the state of Michigan itself prepares to make an unprecedented investment in school-based mental health services.

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Hope Starts Here: Denise Smith shares why early education matters

"The real-life impact that a quality early childhood education has on every aspect of all our lives – even if we’re not parents or grandparents becomes apparent when you compare children who’ve been afforded high-quality early experiences and those who have not," says Denise Smith, implementation director for Hope Starts Here Detroit Early Childhood Partnership. "The adults who end up working in every aspect of our society—their early starts shape how they show up in those roles."

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Mi STEM Forward Program Leads the Way for Student Success

Michigan is leading the way in diverse mobility technologies. The University Research Corridor is an alliance of the state’s three leading research institutions, dedicated to driving the regional economy. Through the Michigan STEM Forward program, students are connecting with STEM-focused internships at some of the state’s leading innovative companies.   

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Macomb sees boost in emerging high-growth jobs for young professionals

Positioning itself at the forefront of the automotive, manufacturing, and healthcare industries, Macomb County saw 76,000 unique job postings over the last year. The median advertised salary was $18.03 per hour — up more than 15% since 2019. Here are some high-growth roles to keep an eye on in the area. 

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High art: New Pride-inspired mural unveiled in downtown Ferndale

“For them to hire me for this specific project and give me free rein on design, it not only shows their trust in my process, but it also shows their openness to having a queer artist freely express themselves without restrictions on something that is not only personal to me but also to many others in Ferndale and beyond,” says artist Joey Salamon.

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Issue Media Group relaunches Upper Peninsula publication

Issue Media Group is excited to announce the relaunch of its online, community-informed, digital publication in the Upper Peninsula. UPword will focus on innovation, talent, entrepreneurship, social innovation, and community development, while featuring U.P.-based talent.

Feature Story Kiana Wenzell holds the audience captive at the "Building a Lasting Legacy" exhibit.

United by Design: Gucci Changemakers exhibit focused on young designers, social change

To celebrate the 12th annual Detroit Month of Design, we caught up with some of the creative forces from last weekend’s MOCAD exhibition to learn about the Gucci Changemakers — and how young designers are using art to make a difference from Detroit to Los Angeles.

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An expanded Thai Street Food Festival returns to Sterling Heights with food, performances, and more

“It's a time where it’s not just for us to get together, but also to share who we are with the public,” says Dr. Su McKeithen-Polish, a community leader with the Thai American Association of Michigan.

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Epiphany Studios celebrates 2,600 sq. ft. expansion in Pontiac

“I was fortunate enough to win a giant project for the Oregon Supreme Court House in Salem, Oregon. It's a 32-foot-by-32-foot artwork comprised of over 2,000 pieces. And I'm building that right now in the new space,” says April Wagner, owner of Epiphany Studios.

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Metromode to launch new series covering early education and child care issues in Southeast Michigan

In partnership with Model D and the Southeast Michigan Early Childhood Funders Collaborative, we're spending the next two months exploring the state of early education and childhood care in our region. We'll be reporting on what parents and providers are experiencing right now, what’s working and what’s not, and who is uncovering solutions. 

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Food entrepreneurs across Michigan vie for top honors in new snack contest

Have you tried the Berry Summer Cakewich at Dearborn's Wani Cakes? What about Bloomfield Hills' creation Live Crispy snacks? Or Birmingham's Why Bars? Twenty finalists will compete in the inaugural MI New Favorite Snack contest where the public is invited to sample amazing snacks and vote for People’s Choice award.

Development News “We bring a lot of industry experience, as well as an obsessive team as far as research and development goes,” says Ground Control co-owner James McLaughlan.

We have liftoff: Ground Control Coffee Roasters opens in downtown Farmington

Good news for those following the development of downtown Farmington’s burgeoning coffee culture.

 
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.