Business

Grants to improve vacant lots through sustainability and beautification efforts now open to public

Detroit Future City has once again opened its Working with Lots Grant Program. Grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 are available to organizations looking to implement one of DFC’s lot designs from their Field Guide. The program seeks to transform vacant lots throughout the city into attractive and useful public spaces that positively impact neighborhoods through community-minded activities and sustainability efforts. ...

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What kept you in Detroit? Longtime residents fill us in.

A couple months ago, we spoke with people who’d moved to Detroit less than three years ago to learn about their experiences so far — why they moved, what they liked, what they’d change.  But we also wanted to speak with longtime residents, people who’d lived in the city all or most of their lives, to get a small sampling about ...

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Detroit’s volunteer Snow Team provides essential service for snowed in seniors and the disabled

One winter day, Dorothea O’Neil and Peggy Noble were looking out from the windows of Good Cakes and Bakes and surveying the streets as white flurries transformed into grey slush on Livernois Avenue. The 76-year-old O’Neil is an active participant in her block club and helps clean up blocks with MotorCity Makeover, so she’s no stranger to the hard work ...

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Ford Posts First Quarter Losses Overseas – Detroit News Watch

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) – Ford Motor Co. has reported its first quarterly loss in two years due to a pension accounting charge and poor performances in Europe and China. The Dearborn, Michigan, company on Wednesday said it lost $116 million, or 3 cents a share, in the fourth quarter, compared with a $2.52 billion profit in the same period a ...

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Submit your story of business success for Startup Story Night 2019

The New Economy Initiative (NEI), in partnership with Model D, is excited to announce the Startup Story Night 2019: “Don’t Call It a Comeback” event.  And we’re seeking your assistance in identifying entrepreneurs who would be interested in a storytelling opportunity. Share YOUR story of taking your business from the brink to triumph. Four lucky storytellers will have the opportunity to workshop their story with Shannon ...

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Microsoft to provide Wayne State University with tech jobs training curriculum

Microsoft has taken a greater interest in Detroit of late. Last year, the company moved its regional headquarters downtown, and Microsoft-owned LinkedIn secured a permanent office downtown as well.  This month, Microsoft and Wayne State University announced that they will team up to improve job prospects in the tech industry by providing its Microsoft Professional Program curriculum free of charge. ...

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Golightly Career and Technical Center in Jefferson Chalmers innovates with career-focused education

Vocational training has not been historically popular in the United States, where a four-year college education has long been the preferred path for success after high school. But a shift is undoubtedly underway.  In 2014, President Barack Obama announced funding for over $100 million in Youth CareerConnect grants for school districts to build career academies that create pathways in high-demand ...

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