Opinion

WE Global – Leading Rust Belt Immigrant Innovation

Innovation. Entrepreneurship. Equity. Inclusion. Global cities. Future cities. Forward cities. Growth. Revitalization. Diversity. These are the buzzwords of today’s new economy, social innovation, and urban policy thinkers. Today, Rust Belt cities are quietly re-inventing themselves in ways that national media—as well as new economy, social innovation, and urban policy leaders—have largely missed. Last week, the … Continue Reading →

Teacher Layoffs Should Worry Parents: Part 3 of 6

Layoffs are hitting more affluent districts like West Bloomfield, Utica and Farmington. Although call backs are always possible as the districts finalize their budgets, check fall enrollment, and consider re-assignments, it is a worry that schools, even in once stable areas, are now resorting to drastic measures to balance budgets. School boards overwhelmingly support their teachers and want … Continue Reading →

Heal Detroit: A Holistic Health Approach to Revitalization

This post is the third in a series written by some of Detroit’s Emerging City Champions. To become the Emerging City Champions representing Detroit, young people in the Metro Detroit area presented their ideas for community revitalization in Detroit to judges from 8 80 Cities and The Knight Foundation. Posts will follow the City Champions … Continue Reading →

Celebrating Immigrant Heritage Month

New Research Documents Immigrant Contributions to Michigan’s Largest Companies. June is Immigrant Heritage Month and Global Detroit, the nonprofit that I run, joined other immigrant economic development initiatives across the Rust Belt to celebrate this event. Immigrant Heritage Month is a nationwide effort coordinated by Welcome.us to honor our shared American heritage. Global Detroit chose … Continue Reading →