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Ann Arbor job growth is Gazelle-powered

Small firms are proving to be the primary job creators for new economy talent in Washtenaw County. Concentrate tracks two years of data and sees enough headroom for even more.

Vie Fitness

Not just retail vs. restaurants: The rise of service businesses in downtown Ann Arbor

Successful downtowns are not locked in retail amber, they are an ever-evolving web of businesses, reacting to the needs of the community. To wit, Ann Arbor's core has seen more than just a spike in restaurants, there is also a vibrant and growing number of service businesses.

Ypsilanti Mayor Amanda Edmonds channels her inner Leslie Knope

The challenge of all things: A Q&A with Ypsilanti mayor Amanda Edmonds

Six months ago, Amanda Edmonds was elected Ypsilanti's mayor with 97% of the vote! Concentrate checks in with her on how things are going so far, and what she's got planned next.

Mark Maynard hosting the Saturday Six Pack at AM1700 in downtown Ypsilanti

The Saturday Six Pack: Community dialogue, one beer at a time

Radio stations and cable channels are filled with content created by multinational corporations. Where can you go for local politics, music and personalities? Blogger Mark Maynard has the answer with his beer-soaked, Ypsilanti-centric radio show.

Westside dogs chilling out

Unleashed: Is Ann Arbor dog friendly?

After a long hard winter, Ann Arborites are finally getting outdoors to enjoy the warmth of Spring. But what about their four-legged friends? With cities across the nation making more and more room for dogs (and their owners) in neighborhood parks, Concentrate decided to take a look at Ann Arbor's off-leash amenities and how they stack up.

InspirED Feature

Is starting college during high school Michigan's ticket to success?

Imagine a future where every Michigan student not only went to college, but started that collegiate career before they even left high school. For some students, it's already happening, and it could have big implications for education in our state.

Dave Askins and Mary Morgan of The CivCity Initiative at Workantile

CivCity: The gamification of civic engagement

With voter turnout for the 2014 primaries dipping to 16.5 percent and political issues dominated by a vocal minority, Mary Morgan and Dave Askins decided that there must be a way to better engage local voters. The former Ann Arbor Chronicle publishers are launching CivCity, a nonprofit that seeks to combat civic apathy with games and programs.


You've heard about urban agriculture, but people are farming the suburbs, too

Urban agriculture in Detroit is a hot topic in the media and on social networks. Less talked about, however, are the projects that have quietly grown up in the city's backyard. That's right, a "suburban" farming movement is alive and kicking in southeast Michigan.

Accelerate Michigan win sets stage for DeNovo Sciences future success

DeNovo Sciences has come a long way in its first five years, but especially after winning the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition in 2011. That win is why DeNovo Sciences is one of the Gazelle 100, a year-long exploration of the fastest-growing startups in metro Detroit as part of SEMichiganStartup's "Year of the Gazelle" series.

Ann Arbor STEAM @ Northside Elementary Students at the STEAM Lab

Full STEAM ahead for Ann Arbor's Northside Elementary

After years of dwindling enrollment, Ann Arbor's Northside Elementary School fully embraced the concept of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) integrated learning. The result has been a dramatic upswing in student admissions and performance. So much so that the school is expanding to a K-8 curriculum in 2016.

Author Natalie Burg with husband Mike Vial and baby Ginny at their Superior Township home

Ann Arbor's Great Divide Part 2: How we can reintegrate our metro

Concentrate's Natalie Burg relates her personal struggles with Ann Arbor's lack of affordability, and points to a similarly sized city in Wisconsin, where we might find ideas and inspiration for combatting the socioeconomic segregation that challenges our community.

Dug Song of Duo Security

Welcome to the Year of the Gazelle

Over the next year, we will identify the fastest-growing local companies and tell you the behind-the-scenes stories of the entrepreneurs, investors, and the resources that are building Michigan's new economy.

Geoff George

OpEd: Film incentives are good business for Detroit and Michigan

With the future of Michigan's film tax incentives in question, Detroit cinematographer Geoff George makes the case for why we can't afford to give up on them yet.

Leasing office for the new development under construction at 618 South Main

Ann Arbor's Great Divide Part 1: How our metro has become segregated by class

A recent report by the Martin Prosperity Institute ranked Ann Arbor as the eight most socioeconomically segregated metros in the United States - out of a possible 380 regions. In a two-part story, Concentrate's Natalie Burg digs into the how and why, as well as what we, as a community, can do about it.

Jim Toy at St Andrew's Episcopal Church in Ann Arbor

LGBT-friendly Ann Arbor: 45 years of change

Though the state of Michigan still has a long way to go when it comes to LGBT rights, Ann Arbor has remained ahead of the curve due to the efforts of people like Jim Toy, Keith Orr and Martin Contreras (among many others). Today, the college community has been called the second most LGBT-friendly city in the Mitten. Concentrate looks at how we got there.
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