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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.


Chrisstina Hamilton at the Michigan Theater

Imported inspiration: Ann Arbor's one-of-a-kind speaker series

For more than a decade, The Penny Stamps Speaker Series has brought innovative artists, thinkers and makers to Ann Arbor to speak to students and locals alike. For free! It's the only program of its kind in the nation, and it's impact has help forge an unique connection between the community and the university.

Andrew Berki at one of North Campus' Solar Power locations

How green is the Maize and Blue? U-M's big sustainability goals

With climate change and sustainable practices starting to dominate public discourse, Concentrate takes a look at the University of Michigan's green initiatives and how they compare with other universities across the country.

Plymouth Road on the proposed Connector route

The future of Ann Arbor transit, part 2: Congestion and the Connector

As with most issues of transportation in Michigan, progress and innovation can be maddeningly slow. Even after six years of studies, plans for a north-south transit Connector in Ann Arbor are still under review. And that's only one piece of our ever-complicated transportation puzzle.

Stefanie Staufer with her hot peppers at Tilian Farm

A fresh crop of local entrepreneurial farmers

Though affordable land has become a significant barrier to entry, the Tilian Farm Development Center is helping a new generation of farmers work local fields. They're savvy about social media, understand the strengths of niche marketing, and are, increasingly, women.

Court Innovations AB

Seeing is believing spurs growth for Court Innovations

Ann Arbor-based Court Innovations has created software that can navigate local online court systems for civil infractions and is used Grand Rapids, Highland Park, Ypsilanti, and East Lansing. Next up, expanding into New York, Florida, and California.
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