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Kresge announces $5M initiative for Detroit projects

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The Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit is the three-year program that will provide nonprofits between $50,000 and $150,000 for up to 10 projects that can be completed in 18 months. Smaller planning grants will be awarded to organizations with promising ideas, Kresge officials said.

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Detroit's New Economy Initiative Announces 30 Small Business Winners For NEIdeas $10K Challenge

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New Economy Initiative (NEI), a special project of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan (CFSEM), announced the 30 small businesses from across Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park that were selected to win the $10k challenge for the first-ever NEIdeas: Rewarding Ideas for Business Growth. The 30 winning businesses each received a $10,000 award for a total of $300,000 at a private awards celebration on Oct. 27.

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2015 Kresge Artist Fellowships application cycle is open

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Emerging and established metropolitan Detroit Literary and Visual artists are invited to apply for a $25,000 Kresge Artist Fellowship. Fellowships are funded by The Kresge Foundation and administered by the Kresge Arts in Detroit office at the College for Creative Studies, with professional practice opportunities for the selected fellows provided by Creative Many Michigan.

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The 3 Biggest Surprises of Living in Detroit

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Detroit is still admittedly a tough place. Those who choose to be here grasp life at its deepest level. And the energy Detroit has isn't something you can pinpoint. If you go around looking for it, you won't find it because you can't really see it. The people here are rooted in something spiritual that renders the challenges of the built environment less material.

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Detroit bankruptcy plan approved as fair and feasible

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Judge Steven Rhodes on Friday approved Detroit's plan to get out of bankruptcy, ending the largest public filing in U.S. history and launching the city into a turnaround that will require discipline after years of corruption, budget-busting debt and an exodus of residents.

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Amy Kaherl: Lincoln Now

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Here Lincoln Now profiles UIX innovator Amy Kaherl in a photo essay based on an interview that originally appeared in Wildsam Field Guides: Detroit.

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Super Soul Short: Revitalizing Detroit, One Garden at a Time

Oprah's newfound fascination with Detroit continues in this Super Soul Short, profile UIX innovator Riet Schumack and her husband Mark for their work with Neighbors Building Brightmoor. 

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In this Super Soul Short, we're going green with social activist Riet Schumack and her husband, Mark. They're spearheading a grassroots youth gardening movement to help rebuild Brightmoor, a struggling neighborhood on Detroit's northwest side. Years ago, Brightmoor was ridden with crime and on the brink of abandonment. Today, they're proving that growth and transformation are possible, one garden at a time.

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Knight Challenge: Can you make Detroit better?

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Detroit has become a place people come to learn about our models of urban entrepreneurship and civic innovation. This is something we should take pride in – but in the same spirit of renewal and the re-thinking and re-shaping that makes Detroit a city to watch, we must continue a broad discussion of what kind of city we want Detroit to be, and how we can achieve that vision.

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IdeaLab 2014

Join us for the 5th annual IdeaLab! This year we're kicking-off the Revitalization & Business Conference at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business with a stellar line-up of innovative people & programs from Detroit:

- Katy Locker, Knight Foundation
- Leslie Smith, TechTown
- Patricia Glaza, Invest Detroit
- Jeff Aronoff, D:hive
- Abir Ali, NEIdeas
- Karla Henderson, Ponyride
- Brian R. F. Davis, Bamboo Detroit
- Espy Thomas, Sweet Potato Sensations

If you're curious about the city, and/or suffer from attention-deficit disorder, this is great way to get a lot of information & inspiration in under two hours!

Friday, November 14
10:00am - 12:00pm
U-M Ross School of Business
701 Tappan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Want the full R&B conference experience? Stay for lunch, afternoon panels on venture capital and philanthropy, and keynote speaker Aaron Seybert, vice president of JP Morgan Chase. To register for the full-day, click here: http://bit.ly/10SpvbH

IdeaLab is presented by Urban Innovation Exchange and Model D, in partnership with the Michigan Revitalization & Business Club. Thanks to support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

- UIX: http://UIXDetroit.com/
- Model D: http://modeldmedia.com/
- R&B: http://revitalizationandbusiness.wordpress.com/

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Action Speaks Volumes: Lessons from Detroit's Urban Innovation Exchange

A few weeks ago, I had the good fortune of visiting Detroit for the first Urban Innovation Exchange(UIXDET). Over a three-day period, more than 500 people from across the U.S. came together to share ideas, stories and lessons from the forefront of community transformation. I was delighted to participate in the Art of Place panel to present CoSign, a collaboration between the Haile/U.S. Bank Foundation and the American Sign Museum that unites business owners, artists, designers and sign-makers to create unique storefront signage in neighborhood business districts throughout Greater Cincinnati.

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CNN Money names Detroit among 'most innovative cities in America'

Light manufacturing is returning in Midtown and downtown is home to start-up incubation and a vibrant technology scene.

Those are two of the reasons CNN Money gives for naming Detroit among 10 of the "most innovative cities in America."

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Motor-less City? Bankrupt Detroit's booming bike industry

The Motor City is becoming an unlikely hub for high-end bike manufacturing.

Before there was the Model T, there was the Quadricycle. Henry Ford fashioned his original automobile from four bicycle wheels and a chain at the height of Detroit’s 19th-century bike (yes, bike) manufacturing boom. If Detroit rose and fell on for four wheels, its past—and potentially its future—was built on just two. As the city wends its way through bankruptcy court this fall and its core industry lurches back to solvency, the Motor City is revving up to become a manufacturing hub again, this time for a vehicle that has no motor at all: the bicycle.

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12 Businesses That Are Putting Detroit On The Map

Don’t call it a comeback! Business is thriving in the Motor City, and these businesses are definite proof. Discover more job opportunities in Detroit and other parts of Michigan at MITalent.org!

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20 Detroit Artists You Should Know

Although the bulk of today’s headlines about Detroit tend to focus on the city’s financial dramas, there’s another story coming out of the Motor City, and it’s not an unrelated one: the rising art scene. While the city’s 2013 bankruptcy filing has put the future of venerable organizations like the Detroit Institute of Arts into an uncertain place, neighborhoods like the Sugar Hill Historic District—home to the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, the N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, and the artist residences at 71 Garfield—are keeping Detroit’s creative spirit alive.

Like New York City’s SoHo or Miami’s Wynwood, it’s Detroit’s ever-growing brigade of artists who are helping to maintain the city’s reputation as a hotbed of cultural activity. Here’s a look at "20 Detroit Artists You Should Know."

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8 small groups making big impact on Detroit

Detroit's billionaires may capture the headlines, but they are only part of the story of Detroit's future. This is a city of doers making outsized impacts with limited resources. Meet eight small organizations that make the city a better place to live.

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