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Ann Arbor has it all: the University of Michigan, great shopping, bars and restaurants and amazing concert venues. It also has a vitality that few college towns across the country can boast. It's the kind of city that draws in undergrads and then keeps them for good.

Toss a rock into the air and it'd be hard not to hit a cafe, bistro, or high-tech startup. From its ever-thriving summer Art Fair to its venerable Film Festival, the city consistently tops national quality of life surveys --Forbes, Money/CNN, Sperlings, the list goes on and on. Its school system is first rate, green spaces dominate the landscape and nearly 70% of the population holds a college degree. This small but mighty city is Michigan's leader in innovation.

Ann Arbor Features

OpEd: Empowering People to Power Michigan

Despite the rising demand for renewable energy generation in Michigan, individual property owners desiring to install renewable energy systems face numerous barriers and caps. Hence, the Energy Freedom bill package, a market-based approach that facilitates renewable energy generation at the individual level. State Rep. Jeff Irwin, a sponsor of the 4-bill package, opines on how to lift these barriers, thereby turning small-scale generation into a large-scale pursuit. 

Choo-choo-choosing a new home for Ann Arbor's Amtrak Station

Designated as the busiest Amtrak station in Michigan, Ann Arbor's long outdated depot is up for reconsideration - in terms of infrastructure, location and economic impact. Whether we're talking commuter needs or community development, it's a complicated equation with no easy answer. 

Changing careers in the startup lane

In today's economy, finding a job is challenge enough. Now try finding one at age 45. Or 55. And in a different field. Where do you start? How do you present decades of work experience to an industry unfamiliar with your skill set? Shifting Gears is a career-transition program for mid-to-late-career professionals looking for a second act.

From cart to cafe: The evolution of two local food trucks

Though the local food cart movement still remains confined to Mark's Carts in Ann Arbor, that enterprise has seeded the city with two successful brick and mortar businesses: The Lunch Room and eat. Concentrate gets the skinny on how these food entrepreneurs made the leap from cart to café.

What a 21st-Century Washtenaw Ave. should look like

Ann Arbor's most congested corridor, Washtenaw Avenue, is now geared to sprawling strip malls and parking lots. It's the antithesis of a community-building, pedestrian-friendly space. Nathan Voght, an economic development specialist with Washtenaw County, opines on why creating "places" is key to transforming the corridor and its local economy.
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