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The entrepreneurial case for Ypsilanti's authenticity

Maybe it's the price point. Maybe it's the proximity and cost prohibitions of Ann Arbor. Maybe it's the gravitational pull of authenticity. Whatever the reason, Ypsilanti is drawing local artisans and boutique entrepreneurs into its fold with its unique sense of community.

How Hooklogic turned an old economy space into a new economy enterprise

The former Leopold Brothers building on S. Main St. is the kind of space that takes imagination and moxie to make work. Enter New York City-based software firm Hooklogic, which decided to abandon plans to outsource its programming and set up shop in Ann Arbor, turning a light industrial space into a workplace for new economy talent.

Happy Thanksgiving!

We here at Concentrate will be off next week to celebrate Thanksgiving, expressing our gratitude to those who have made our lives richer. We'll be back Dec. 3 with more stories of growth and innovation. Have a wonderful holiday!

Doing business differently: IdeaLab returns Nov. 14

Over the last five years, IdeaLab has showcased dozens of Detroiters on the vanguard of community and economic development, and this year's Nov. 14 event is no exception.

OpEd: Get corridor connections between cities up and running

The voter-approved transit expansion in Ypsi and Ann Arbor was a victory, but now we need to think corridors, long stretches between southeast Michigan cities that need linking. AAATA board member Gillian Ream Gainsley weighs in on the options.

Playing catch-up: Commercial recycling in Ann Arbor

When it comes to recycling, Ann Arbor has long considered itself leaders and the best. And that was true once upon a time. Today, however, the story is a little different. The city still has some work to do when it comes to commercial and multi-dwelling recycling.

How Ann Arbor helped launch a next generation explorer

From a video about squirrels on U-M's diag to a National Geographic grant to film extreme tree-climbing, U-M student Charlie Engelman has turned a video hobby into the start of a career in educational entertainment.

New philanthropists: Under 40 and giving more than just a check

Philanthropy isn't just for wealthy gray hairs determined to leave a legacy. Increasingly, young professionals are getting involved through volunteerism, nonprofit boards, and giving circles. Concentrate looks at a trio of young Ann Arbor couples and their efforts to give back to their community.

Ann Arbor's future: 5 tough questions with Jeremy Wheeler

Jeremy Wheeler is a local artist and writer. Recently he penned a much-talked about comic editorial about the path of development in Ann Arbor and the important questions that aren't being asked. Concentrate decided to follow up with him and ask a few questions of our own.

Why Michigan is a leader in place-based education

Dr. Doris Terry Williams, executive director of the Rural School and Community Trust, discusses the need for place-based education in both rural and urban environments and how Michigan's Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative is leading the charge.

Want to get people back to work? Fill the basic skills gap

Low-income workers like Tawnee McCluskey often lack the basic skills needed to find a good job. To bridge the gap, experts says it's essential to invest in training. Yet despite millions of people out of work, programs are hard to find.

5 Local Blogs You Need To Be Reading

Okay, there's us. And we're proud to say we've been around 300+ issues now. But let's share some of the love, okay? There are some damn fine local bloggers out there and we think you should be reading them. So, we've put together a list of five must-read sites.

The 21st century body is being built in Washtenaw County

With advances in the medical device industry, Ann Arbor is proving to be more than just a place for entrepreneurial innovation and growth, it's producing startups that are helping to shape the future of the human body. 

Argus Farm Stop: One-stop shopping for local food

Being a locavore can be a challenge of logistics. All farmer's markets are not created equal and none operate year-round. Enter Argus Farm Stop, a downtown market offering one-stop shopping for locally produced goods.

Chronicle founder reflects on Ann Arbor news media's past, present and future

Last month Dave Askins and Mary Morgan ended their six year run of The Ann Arbor Chronicle, a local online news source that focused on long form government reporting. As Concentrate publishes its 300th issue, we've asked Askins to reflect on the local media-scape; where it's been, where it's at now, and where it might be heading.
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