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Development NewsHatch Detroit

Hatch Detroit competition opens window for applications, doubles prize to $100K

This year’s small business competition will see the grand prize double from $50,000 to $100,000, due to increased investment from Hatch Detroit sponsor Comerica Bank.  

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Autonomous vehicle summer camp programs cultivate new generation of mobility professionals

As the transportation industry drives further toward autonomous and electrification, educational curriculums must advance to properly train those that will be designing, building, and servicing the future of mobility.


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Mobility Moments Podcast: Damian Porcari, Elijah J. McCoy U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Damian Porcari, director of the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office in Detroit, talks about the patent’s role in U.S. history, about women inventors, and, of course, about patents for mobility innovations. Listen and learn about "The real McCoy."

Feature StoryBrilliant Detroit's neighborhood hub in Fitzgerald.

A once-blighted Fitzgerald home is finding new life as an early childhood learning center

Residents see new Brilliant Detroit neighborhood hub as an opportunity to spark change in the community and the potential to help local youth.  

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QA: Margo Dalal's takeaways from ComCap 2019

Model D caught up with Margo Dalal during the ComCap conference to find out more about her work and what she learned from the experience.

Development NewsKresge Foundation KiPD Grant recipient Community Treehouse Center will create an inclusive community space in Jefferson-Chalmers that can accommodate multigenerational users and those with disabilities.

Record amount of grant dollars awarded to neighborhood organizations in 2019 KIP:D round

Twenty-five Detroit nonprofits make up the record-setting 2019 cohort of the Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit initiative, or KIP:D.  

Feature StoryGary Ringer. Photo by Stephen Koss.

Detroit firefighter takes on blight with deconstruction business

The fire-ravaged and neglected buildings encountered by Detroit firefighter Gary Ringer have become an unlikely source of inspiration.

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National conference on local investing heads to Detroit

ComCap, annual conference on using community capital to promote shared prosperity, runs from June 11-13 at the College for Creative Studies' A. Alfred Taubman Center. The conference will feature more than 50 speakers, including Detroiters Devita Davison, Kwaku Osei, and Malik Yakini. 


Feature StoryFrom Ford GoRide: Sean Zabawa (left), head of operations; Mike Cooper, head of growth strategy; Anika Brown, head of marketing & sales; Minyang Jiang, CEO.

By connecting people to resources, shared mobility boosts quality of life

Mobility innovators Ford GoRide and SPLT are connecting people with healthcare providers in urban and rural areas. With design at the center of their offerings, they’re doing so much more than moving people around — they’re addressing overall wellbeing, too.

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Here's how ridesharing services will make vehicles tougher, quieter – and less smelly

The shift in the way we get around will also require some major shifts in the way car interiors are designed. Here's how one Southfield company is already responding to those challenges.

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jessica Care moore brings choreopoem ‘Salt City’ to Detroit

Poet jessica Care moore's choreopoem runs from June 13-16 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

Development NewsNorthwest Goldberg Art Park

Northwest Goldberg nonprofit raises more than $12K in crowdfunding campaign for art park

NW Goldberg Cares will build an art park by the fall as part of its efforts to revitalize the neighborhood located near Henry Ford Hospital and the Motown Museum.

Feature StoryThe American Center for Mobility was specifically deigned to put autonomous vehicles through rigorous testing applications. Photo by ACM.

Innovative test facilities advance mobility safety

Two Detroit region advanced mobility facilities were designed from the ground up using innovation focused on rigorous safety testing for connected and autonomous vehicles. We learned about the innovation behind the infrastructure design of ACM and Mcity.

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The road to Level 5 autonomy is still a long way off

Automakers are waking up to the realities of autonomous vehicles. In 2016, Ford said that it’d be mass producing vehicles capable of driving without the need for a steering wheel, pedals or a human — Level 5 Autonomous — by 2021. At a recent meeting at the Detroit Economics Club, CEO Jim Hackett walked that back, saying that while the 2021 goal was still in place, but the application would be narrow because of the complexities involved.


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Silicon Valley-born entrepreneur commits to Oakland County for mobility startups

If there’s one common trait among entrepreneurs, it’s that they never stop pursuing a vision. Don Tinsley, Palo Alto, California, native and current Oakland County resident has pursued a lot of them. After a career at General Motors, Tinsley decided to go his own way through a series of small companies and is now running a private equity firm that specializes in helping banks restructure loans.

Feature StoryJustin Tootla & Jennifer Jackson. Photo by Doug Coombe.

7 of Metro Detroit’s top chefs clue us in to their favorite local dish

We asked seven of Metro Detroit's top chefs to pick their favorite dish from a metro-area restaurant (other than their own, of course). Here’s what they told us.

Feature StoryThe Lenox Community Center has been shuttered for several years.

Residents weigh in on future of A.B. Ford Park, Lenox Community Center in Jefferson Chalmers

$5 million investment will help revitalize and beautify the park and reopen the shuttered Lenox Community Center.

Feature StoryGreen infrastructure in Royal Oak. Photo by David Lewinski.

Storms and climate change force Metro communities to think differently about flooding

It’s spring, and water levels are high. With big storms and flooding becoming more frequent, how are Metro Detroit communities preparing?

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Eastern Market looks ahead to the future with initiatives that aim to foster equitable development

Establishment of development protocols, the Metro Accelerator Food Business Incubator, and New "Eastern Market Partnership" name aim to solidify Eastern Market’s commitment to expanding the market and enhancing its authenticity, the organization says. 

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Issue Media Group welcomes Hernandez as associate editorial director, Model D managing editor

The veteran journalist enjoys engaging different audiences and telling the stories that highlight Detroit’s diversity, entrepreneurial spirit, and change-makers, and looks forward to advancing that narrative in new roles.

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