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Detroiters voted in favor of allowing recreational cannabis in 2018, but the city is still not benefiting from the state...
03/30/2022
Black business owners push Detroit to OK recreational cannabis rules: ‘There’s an injustice’

Detroiters voted in favor of allowing recreational cannabis in 2018, but the city is still not benefiting from the state's $1.3 billion industry. A tight-knit group of business owners who have long histories in Detroit and cannabis are among those who want that to change — and soon.

After years of delay, Detroit City Council is considering a revised ordinance to allow recreational cannabis sales in city limits.

Planners and developers have long said downtown Detroit has had a shortage of hotel rooms that has cramped the city's ab...
03/29/2022
Does Detroit have enough hotel rooms to host the NFL Draft in 2024?

Planners and developers have long said downtown Detroit has had a shortage of hotel rooms that has cramped the city's ability to lure major events from the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL and others in recent years.

Until yesterday, apparently.

Even though Detroit is hosting the 2024 National Football League draft, it will not have made a serious dent in what planners and developers have said is a room shortfall to accommodate such affairs.

Anne Parsons, longtime president and CEO of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, died Monday night after a long battle with l...
03/29/2022
Longtime DSO President and CEO Anne Parsons dies

Anne Parsons, longtime president and CEO of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, died Monday night after a long battle with lung cancer. She was 64.

Anne Parsons, who was named president emeritus of the orchestra in late 2021, shared her diagnosis in November 2018 and had been undergoing treatments since that time.

Start your week off right with this month's episode of Caring for Kids! Host Lawrence J. Burns talks with Shawn Wilson o...
03/28/2022
Caring for Kids: Positively impacting Michigan kids and their families every way possible

Start your week off right with this month's episode of Caring for Kids! Host Lawrence J. Burns talks with Shawn Wilson of Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan , Kevin Brown with Detroit Red Wings, and Suzanne Miller Allen of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan about creating incredible initiatives for kids and families.

Larry Burns, President and CEO of The Children's Foundation, talks with Shawn Wilson, President & CEO, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan; Kevin Brown, Director, Community Impact, Ilitch Sports + Entertainment; and Suzanne Miller Allen, Senior Director, Community Responsibility and Soci...

The Detroit Lions and state officials have long had their sites on landing an NFL draft, which attracts millions of TV v...
03/28/2022
Detroit to host 2024 NFL Draft

The Detroit Lions and state officials have long had their sites on landing an NFL draft, which attracts millions of TV viewers and hundreds of thousands of visitors to the host city.

Detroit has been tapped to host the 2024 National Football League Draft, the league announced Monday.Campus Martius Park and Hart Plaza will serve as the main staging areas for the three-day event, which has become a staple on the NFL schedule and a major draw for host cities."The Draft has become.....

Oakland Mall in Troy has been sold to Mario Kiezi, a real estate investor and developer. And he says he has big plans fo...
03/28/2022
Oakland Mall in Troy sold, 'massive remodeling' planned

Oakland Mall in Troy has been sold to Mario Kiezi, a real estate investor and developer. And he says he has big plans for the property:

Buyer Mario Kiezi said he is expecting to request a planned unit development for Oakland Mall, which would allow him to fold several new uses into the site.

A wide variety of vacant commercial buildings in Detroit — from a former strip club to empty schools — are on a new list...
03/28/2022
Duggan administration targets 'top 100' commercial blight sites in Detroit

A wide variety of vacant commercial buildings in Detroit — from a former strip club to empty schools — are on a new list compiled by Mayor Mike Duggan's administration targeted for demolition or redevelopment.

A wide variety of vacant commercial buildings in Detroit — from a former strip club to empty schools — are on a new list compiled by Mayor Mike Duggan's administration targeted for demolition or redevelopment.Over the fall and winter, Duggan's administration has been putting together.....

Three name-brand grocery products that might be in your pantry right now have seldom-told Detroit origin stories: La Cho...
03/26/2022
The surprising Detroit stories behind La Choy, Mario Olives and Country Crock

Three name-brand grocery products that might be in your pantry right now have seldom-told Detroit origin stories: La Choy, Mario Olives and Country Crock.

Three name-brand grocery products that might be in your pantry right now have seldom-told Detroit origin stories: La Choy, Mario Olives and Country Crock. They began as the side projects and moonshots of Detroit grocers and businessmen. Two were founded by immigrants. Many started out selling their...

The libraries in a couple of Detroit-area homes have turned heads recently on Zillow Gone Wild — and for good reason.
03/26/2022
Home libraries garner interest, but not everyone wants one

The libraries in a couple of Detroit-area homes have turned heads recently on Zillow Gone Wild — and for good reason.

Barbara Timmons suspects her parents had 10,000 books in their Grosse Ile house. With shelf space at a premium about a decade after they first bought the home, they added a university-style library that soon overflowed, too."I don't think it was anybody's intention to run out of space," she said. .....

From the Joe Louis Greenway to drinking water infrastructure, here's a look at the highlights for businesses, nonprofits...
03/25/2022
10 highlights for Southeast Michigan in Legislature's $4.8 billion infrastructure bill

From the Joe Louis Greenway to drinking water infrastructure, here's a look at the highlights for businesses, nonprofits and governments in metro Detroit.

After months of negotiations, Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Republican-controlled Legislature came together on a massive outlay of federal and state aid for infrastructure projects and shoring up the state's pandemic-battered unemployment trust fund.Lawmakers approved the bill on…

Wright Lassiter III, honored Thursday as Crain's Detroit Business' Newsmaker of the Year, had a year full of decisions: ...
03/25/2022
Crain's Newsmaker Lassiter: Doing the right thing not a challenging decision

Wright Lassiter III, honored Thursday as Crain's Detroit Business' Newsmaker of the Year, had a year full of decisions: He led the first major health system in Michigan that mandated the COVID-19 vaccine for employees and helped bring back the Mackinac Policy Conference. He also sealed a new partnership with Michigan State University that is likely to lead to construction of a new medical school in Detroit.

Royal Oak city staff confirmed that an affiliate of A.F. Jonna Development has submitted plans to tear down the theater ...
03/24/2022
Main Art Theatre in downtown Royal Oak could be razed, replaced with mixed-use building

Royal Oak city staff confirmed that an affiliate of A.F. Jonna Development has submitted plans to tear down the theater on Main Street north of 11 Mile Road and replace it with a five-story mixed-use building.

City staff confirmed that an affiliate of Bloomfield Township-based A.F. Jonna Development LLC has submitted plans to tear down the theater at 118 N. Main St. at 11 Mile Road and replace it with a five-story mixed-use building.

Michigan's roads are deteriorating faster than they're being fixed.
03/24/2022
Why Michigan can't fix its 'damn' roads fast enough

Michigan's roads are deteriorating faster than they're being fixed.

If there's one issue that bedevils Michigan policymakers the most, it's how to pay for fixing the state’s deteriorating roads.

34-year-old Katy McBrady has spent the majority of her career working with beer in some capacity. Now she's set to take ...
03/23/2022
Atwater Brewery's new president aims to take Detroit craft beer company to the next level

34-year-old Katy McBrady has spent the majority of her career working with beer in some capacity. Now she's set to take over one of the top positions at one of Detroit's most notable breweries.

Katy McBrady has spent the majority of her 13-year career working with beer in some capacity. Now she's set to take over one of the top positions inside one of Detroit's most notable breweries.McBrady will take over as the new president of Atwater Brewery on April 4. The 34-year-old 2009 graduate…

Breaking: Jenenne Whitfield, the longtime head of the Heidelberg Project in Detroit and wife of founding artist Tyree Gu...
03/23/2022
Heidelberg Project seeks next generation of leaders as CEO departs

Breaking: Jenenne Whitfield, the longtime head of the Heidelberg Project in Detroit and wife of founding artist Tyree Guyton, is departing the organization for a new role in Baltimore, a development that calls into question who will champion the internationally known nonprofit and its art going forward.

Jenenne Whitfield, longtime head of the Heidelberg Project in Detroit and wife of founding artist Tyree Guyton, is departing the organization for a new role in Baltimore.

Oakland Hills Country Club has been awarded a pair of U.S. Open Championships, in 2034 and 2051, allowing the venerable ...
03/22/2022
Oakland Hills Country Club awarded 2 U.S. Open Championships

Oakland Hills Country Club has been awarded a pair of U.S. Open Championships, in 2034 and 2051, allowing the venerable club to once again host one of golf's greatest contests.

Oakland Hills Country Club finally got some good news Tuesday.

The name change is designed to reflect the system's "devotion to partnering with patients, communities and workforce."
03/22/2022
Henry Ford Health drops 'System' from name, launches new brand

The name change is designed to reflect the system's "devotion to partnering with patients, communities and workforce."

Henry Ford Health System announced it would drop system from its name and re-brand as Henry Ford Health. The name change is designed to reflect the system's "devotion to partnering with patients, communities and workforce ..." "Given the collective challenges of the past two years, there has…

The city estimates it would cost around $850,000 to raze the 1927 building owned by a nonprofit or $20 million to renova...
03/21/2022
City targets long-neglected former YMCA building for demolition

The city estimates it would cost around $850,000 to raze the 1927 building owned by a nonprofit or $20 million to renovate it for something like apartments and ground-floor retail.

A large, old YMCA building with a noticeably absent roof is expected to be torn down once the city of Detroit secures ownership from a nonprofit that has sat on the blighted property for nearly two decades.The city sued the Women's Justice Center over neglect of the Jefferson Avenue site in 2020…

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Have you listened to The Build Up by Crain's Detroit Business yet? Kevin Johnson, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation President and CEO recently joined the podcast to discuss opportunity zones, competing for investments and diversifying the field of developers. ▶️ Click the link to tune in.
Crain's Detroit Business has released its 2022 Notable Leaders in Sustainability and, wow, what a class! A special shoutout to some of our longtime friends: - Chip Amoe, of Henry Ford Health System - Lauren Bigelow, a board member of our Sustainable Michigan Fund - Kerry Duggan - of SustainabiliD (and an Environmental Council alumna) - Matthew Grocoff, of Thrive Collaborative - Neil Hawkins, of the Erb Family Foundation - John Hartig, of Detroit Riverfront (a member group) - Jessica Loding, of Schupan - Elizabeth Masserang - of PM Environmental, Inc. (and an Environmental Council intern alumna) - Marie McCormick, of Friends of the Rouge (a member group) - Mary Templeton, of Michigan Saves - Gerry VanAcker, of the Detroit Zoo - Donele Wilkins, of Detroit's Green Door Initiative (and a board member alumna of ours)
Congratulations to Leslie Tom, Cohort III Fellow and Chief Sustainability Officer for the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, for being named a Crain's Detroit Business Notable Leader in Sustainability! #DetroitRevitalizationFellows #DRF #DRFP #CrainsNotableLeaders #TheWright #Sustainability #DetroitSustainability #LeslieTom
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Congratulations to Saint Joseph's Amanda Sweetman on being named a Crain's Detroit Business Notable Leader in Sustainability for her work with The Farm at St. Joe's! Amanda's passion and dedication to this statewide initiative by providing sustainable, locally grown food in Michigan embody our core values of Justice and Stewardship.
Congratulations to Sarah Chartier for being named a Notable Leader in Sustainability by Crain's Detroit Business. As the senior sustainability project manager at Spectrum Health, she leads the collective sustainability programs, including environmental initiatives and supplier diversity. Her passion, dedication and vision are inspiring and motivating. Here’s to transforming to meet today’s needs and making a better, healthier future. #TeamSpectrumHealth
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Felicia Harris, Goldman Sachs alum and member of TechTown’s Professional Services Network, wrote an op-ed for Crain's Detroit Business discussing the need to reauthorize the Small Business Administration. As founder and CEO of Everything HR, she speaks from experience when she says, "the modern challenges facing small business owners like me require a modern approach."
Congratulations to Marie McCormick, Executive Director of Friends of the Rouge, for being named one of Crain's Detroit Business' Notable Leaders in Sustainability!
Catch MICPA board treasurer and managing member at Capocore Professional Advisors, Jamie Lopiccolo, speaking to Crain's Detroit Business reporter Jay Davis about what small business owners need to look out for as they file their taxes this year:
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Chairman of #DetroitGP, Bud Denker, was honored today as one of the Crain's Detroit Business Newsmakers of the Year for 2021. Denker was recognized for leading the efforts to bring the Grand Prix back to the Streets of Downtown #Detroit in 2023. Congrats Bud!