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Development News Charity Dean (left) and Kai Bowman, co-founders of the Metro Detroit Black Business Alliance, one of two “Community Champions” for the new Verizon Small Business Digital Ready platform.

New online learning and grant opportunity aims to lift local BIPOC- and women-owned small businesses

"The Metro Detroit Black Business Alliance provides programming, services, and advocacy aimed at empowering Black entrepreneurs and closing the racial wealth gap,” says Kai Bowman, Chief Operating Officer, Metro Detroit Black Business Alliance. “MDBBA is excited to serve as a Community Champion for this program and partner with LISC Detroit and Verizon Small Business Digital Ready to provide Metro Detroit Black businesses personalized tools and assistance to succeed in today's digital world."

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Belle Isle Nature Center reopens following $2.5M renovation

In some less bumpy news coming out of Belle Isle, the renovated nature center has reopened with a free state-of-the-art facility offering new habitats, and programs designed for guests of all ages.

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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 Detroit.

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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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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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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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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.

Feature Story Billy and Sarah Mark run Neighborhood Art School, one half of the Clairmount Studios complex.

Resilient Neighborhoods: Central Detroit arts studio complex broadens horizons following COVID

The early pandemic wasn't an easy time for artists. But creatives associated with a central Detroit arts complex used the downtime to reimagine their work.

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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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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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Why Early Education Matters: A Q&A with the woman leading Detroit's charge to put children first

"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."

Development News The exhibition tells the story of Black landscape architects with connections to Michigan, reaching back as far as the 1800s and up to and including Black landscape architects that are working in Detroit and Michigan today.

New exhibit at UDM shines a light on Michigan’s Black landscape architects and their untold stories

“This is about spreading awareness of the profession and what we do, as well as celebrating those who are here with us and those who have paved the way for many of us today,” says Stephanie Onwenu, Public Interest Design Fellow with the Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC).

Development News Michigan Founders Fund Member Mykolas Rambus, Co-Founder and CEO of Hush, shakes hands with Chase Lee, Founder and CEO of Trustpage at an MFF event in March

New grants available for Michigan’s Black leaders and nonprofits advancing racial justice efforts

“Ultimately, we can’t achieve our organization’s mission without addressing systemic racism, racial justice, and racial equity in Michigan,” says Trista Van Tine, Executive Director and Co-founder of Michigan Founders Fund.

Feature Story Harvest with Anishinaabe elder Lucy Harrison

PHOTOS: Detroit harvest begins with an elder's stories

While Lucy Harrison educates others about a connection with the earth, she is the first to share that it is the plant world that has taught her how to grow a "three sisters" garden: "Their language is one of quiet observation." Model D photographer Rosa Maria Zamarron accompanied the Anishinaabe elder during harvest this year. 

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One People: Special edition sneaker connects youth designers with apparel industry icons

The newly-launched “One People” sneaker, came from a collaboration between 20 aspiring Detroit designers, fashion label Deviate, and shoe designer Ruthie Davis (whose work has graced the feet of celebrities like Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, and Kendall Jenner). With all proceeds going to the Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Michigan, the limited edition likely won't last long. 

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Street art festival aims to establish Detroit as a destination for augmented reality murals

“I’m super excited to go into this digital art world, it’s the next level of art,” says artist El Cappy, whose “WARM” mural can be found on the side of The Scott development in Brush Park. “It’s definitely going to be the next big thing.”

Longform Michigan produce at the lunch counter at George Long Elementary School in Grass Lake.

Major expansion coming for program that offers schools "10 Cents a Meal" to serve Michigan produce

The budget for the state of Michigan's 10 Cents a Meal has more than doubled each of the past two years, with $9.3 million available in the coming fiscal year to help schools purchase local fruits, vegetables, and legumes.

Development News “McMullen is excited to open a pop up in Detroit, a city much like Oakland, with a rich history and culture, and generally underrepresented in the fashion industry,” Sherri McMullen says.

Fashion and home decor boutique to celebrate grand opening downtown

“McMullen is excited to open a pop up in Detroit, a city much like Oakland, with a rich history and culture, and generally underrepresented in the fashion industry,” Sherri McMullen says.

Development News Pedestrians and cyclists will be able to cross the Gordie Howe International Bridge toll-free, providing access to thousands of miles of Michigan and Ontario greenways.

New tourism strategy for Michigan and Ontario greenways planned with Gordie Howe Bridge

“We’re excited about welcoming more people to Detroit, where much time, energy and investment have created an inviting bit of ‘up north’ downtown, and then encouraging them to take in the rest of our beautiful state,” says Dan Eichinger, director of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.