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Shinola's workers, the new faces of Detroit manufacturing

Since Shinola opened shop in Detroit in 2013, the company has grown its output and its workforce. Those workers are creating quality goods and are changing the way we think about Detroit manufacturing.

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Older Detroiters get together, eat healthy thanks to Senior Market Days

Senior Market Days is a program that provides transportation to seniors so they can shop at local farmers markets. Not only does it help them eat heathier, it serves as a social event. 

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Is this Detroit's literary moment? Anna Clark and Literary Detroit think so

Anna Clark, a local journalist and the editor of "A Detroit Anthology," is helping bolster literary culture in the city of Detroit. Read about her work with Literary Detroit, Write A House, and more in this profile from Urban Innovation Exchange.

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Illuminating Highland Park, one solar streetlight at a time

Soulardarity is working to solve Highland Park's public lighting problem -- one solar streetlight at a time. By 2017, they hope to install 200 lights throughout the city.

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Reflections on community, change, and commitment from a departing Detroiter

As Elizabeth Garlow,  former executive director of Michigan Corps and the founder of the Michigan Social Entrepreneurship Challenge, prepares to leave Detroit to attend graduate school on the East Coast, she reflects on the specialness of the city.
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Stories from the new economy: AutoHarvest

The auto industry's skilled workforce of engineers continuously produces new technologies and intellectual properties. AutoHarvest, a social network/online marketplace for innovation in the auto industry, helps them commercialize their ideas.

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Stories from the new economy: Bizdom

Bizdom is an entrepreneurial accelerator that provides training and mentorship to tech startups looking for the help and funding they need to grow their ideas into profitable businesses.

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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.

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Stories from the new economy: TechTown

TechTown is Detroit’s business growth center. Its core programs -- Retail Boot Camp, SWOT City, and TechTown Labs -- help Detroit entrepreneurs get their retail and tech startups off the ground.

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Stories from the new economy: Inforum ACTiVATE

Inforum’s ACTiVATE program guides women through the whole process of business development -- from conception to commercialization -- and connects them with resources and subject matter experts.
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