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Urban Innovation Exchange: Detroit
A design student creates a coat that transforms into a sleeping bag – and employs local women from homeless shelters produce them. A lack of city recycling program leads to a bicycle-powered curbside service. Urban Innovation Exchange, supported by the Knight Foundation, is dedicated to social innovators and entrepreneurs making small-scale impact in Detroit – and seeks to connect and engage those innovators in a collaborative, open community.
"The momentum in Detroit today is not about moonshots," says Rishi Jaitly of the Knight Foundation in a video introducing the project. "The momentum is about small."
Michigan Jobs Insight
Small businesses don't send out a press release when they add two or three new jobs, but those little gains add up to big impact on Michigan's economy. The Small Business Association of Michigan funds the Michigan Jobs Insight program to report job gains at Michigan small business and provide an on-the-ground impression of job growth in the state.
"We don't do ribbon cuttings for three new jobs,” said Rob Fowler, SBAM's president and CEO, as reported by MLive.com
. "You don't get a press release. ... It's vitally important to document how small businesses are contributing to an improving jobs picture in Michigan."