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Cummings and Knoer in front of their office window in the Fisher Building looking down East Grand Boulevard

A neighborhood perspective: How The Platform is thinking differently about Detroit development

The Platform has a slightly unconventional philosophy in Detroit's current development scene: inclusivity. That means, primarily, respecting the character and residents of the neighborhoods the company develops in.

Olivia Henry, youth programs coordinator for Detroit Food Policy Council

Olivia Henry, under-30 leader at the Detroit Food Policy Council, just wants to help people

Henry, 26, recently celebrated her one year anniversary as youth programs coordinator for Detroit Food Policy Council. But she's been involved in public service her whole life.

Amanda Brewington outside her coffee shop, Always Brewing Detroit, soon after opening

Voices: Former owner of Always Brewing Detroit on letting go of her business

Amanda Brewington put everything she had into Always Brewing Detroit before selling it last year. In part two of our series on empowering failure, she writes about the experience of letting her business go.

Shamayim "Mama Shu" Harris, founder of Avalon Village

Building a village: Highland Park's residents take action to rebuild their city

Whether it's offering a safe space for children to do their homework or lighting up the city that had its lights repossessed, some residents of Highland Park are coming up with innovative solutions to their community's problems.

Ezekiel Harris

Video: Ezekiel Harris, young nonprofit exec, tells the story of The Commons development

The Commons, a 12,000 sq. ft. building located at 7900 Mack Ave, will be a laundromat, coffee shop, and community center all in one, and an essential component to the residents it will service.
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Building Communities Videos

Fellows List

Detroit Revitalization Fellows hustle harder

In this video, three Detroit Revitalization Fellows talk about their day jobs, which are all focused on improving life in the city, and their extracurricular entrepreneurial activities, which do much the same.

SWOT List

TechTown SWOT City spreads opportunity to neighborhood businesses

SWOT City empowers neighborhood businesses, providing them with expert analysis to help them identify their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.

New Michigan Media LIst

Stories from the new economy: New Michigan Media

New Michigan Media launched with the goal of cataloging minority media outlets throughout Michigan in order to build a network that could bring minority concerns and issues to a broader audience, tear down restrictive silos, and create stronger voices for minority communities at policy discussions. It had never been attempted.

NEIdeas List

Stories from the new economy: NEIdeas, rewarding ideas for business growth

Last week, the New Economy Initiative launched NEIdeas, a challenge that will award $500,000 in prizes to existing businesses in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park.
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