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Insights Programs

Over years of in-depth, hyperlocal reporting, Issue Media Group has developed a unique understanding of the ecosystems associated with job growth, real estate investment, non-profit innovation, company creation, and the influencers driving change. 
Through our Insights program, we take what we know about these ecosystems and create highly customizable platforms that businesses, non-profits, and foundations can use to tell data-driven stories about the influential work that is transforming communities and economies. 

These dedicated publications and platforms document change, communicate impact, and collect information to measure and report success and transformation. 

Case studies 

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."

Michigan Nightlight

Michigan Nightlight is a source of solutions, news and inspiration for those who are working to positively impact the lives of kids in Michigan. Funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to spotlight what's working to improve outcomes for vulnerable children, Nightlight also shares the visions and viewpoints of our state's most effective nonprofit leaders working to transform education, food systems, health and wellness, parenting, literacy, and equity.
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