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About Concentrate

Concentrate tells the new story of Washtenaw County — a narrative of creative people and businesses, new development, cool places to live, and the best places to work and play. The web site and weekly online magazine are published Wednesdays. Get Concentrate free in your e-mailbox each week by signing up here.

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CONCENTRATE is published by Issue Media Group. Our publications are supported in part by underwriting partnerships with local businesses, institutions, nonprofits, and foundations to support and expand coverage of job growth, economic development, real estate, non-profit innovation, city building, and placemaking. Learn more about our underwriting policy here.

A brief history of the Concentrate crew:

Managing Editor:
Jeff Meyers

Along with overseeing all of the editorial content in Concentrate, Jeff is also an award-winning (2008, 2009, 2010) film critic for Detroit's Metro Times and a contributing writer at Moviemaker Magazine. Jeff was the managing editor for Concentrate's sister publication, Metromode from 2007-2015

Before moving to Michigan, Jeff was the Creative Director for StageDirect (an Internet start-up out of Portland, OR), an adjunct instructor at Clark College and the co-founder and former artistic director of Theatre Vertigo in Portland, OR. Before that he spent 10 years working in research as a microbiologist. Jeff has been published in numerous publications and in 2000 was a finalist for the Oregon Book Awards for his collection of poetry Hereafter. He currently lives in Ann Arbor with his family. In his spare time he makes short films.



Managing Photographer: Doug Coombe

News Editor: Jon Zemke
Jon Zemke is a Detroit-based freelance writer. He serves as the Innovation & Job for Concentrate and its sister publications ModelD and Metromode. He is also the managing editor of SEMichiganStartup.com.

Jon is a University of Michigan graduate and former reporter for The Michigan Daily, States News Service, Livingston County Daily Press & Argus and The Detroit News, however, writing for IMG is more fun.

Senior Writer: Natalie Burg

Natalie's career began in journalism, writing for such publications as The Lansing State Journal and The Ann Arbor News before taking an unexpected turn into downtown development. After working as the DDA Director for the City of Owosso, she merged her writing and development backgrounds into one, regularly contributing to Lansing's Capital Gains, Metromode, Concentrate and Forbes.com, specializing in community development, local government and entrepreneurship.

When not glued to her computer screen, Natalie can be found at the dog park with her dogs Lois and Gunshy, Instagramming said dogs, or talking about (and sometimes to) the pair of them at great length. She also serves as Superfan in Chief of her husband, local singer/songwriter Mike Vial


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