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Jul 25, 2020
Meeko Williams: Mandatory police residency would help officers connect with Detroiters
Detroit political activist Meeko Williams spoke to Crain’s Senior Editor Chad Livengood about his experience with police officers, why he believes police residency should be mandatory and how he’s not in favor of defunding the police.
Jul 24, 2020
Warren Evans: Requiring police officers to live in Detroit a 'great concept' but 'very impractical' to enforce
In Detroit, just 23 percent of the nearly 2,500 police officers live within the city limits. A 1999 law outlawed local ordinances requiring police officers to live in the city where they serve. Wayne County Executive Warren Evans, a former county sheriff and one-time police chief in Detroit, says requiring police officers to live in Detroit is "a great concept" but "very impractical to be able to enforce." He spoke with Crain's Senior Editor Chad Livengood about police residency, construction of a new Wayne County jail, how the county's health department is tracking the coronavirus pandemic and other issues in a wide-ranging interview on Detroit Rising.
Jul 15, 2020
Can solar energy turn Detroit's vacant lots into profit?
Jul 1, 2020
How auto insurance reform is supposed to drive down premiums in Detroit
Jun 24, 2020
Skidmore Studio growing an online farmers market from Detroit for Michigan food producers
Drew Patrick, owner and president of Skidmore Studio, and Meg Burritt, a managing partner of Planted Detroit, talk with Crain’s Senior Editor Chad Livengood about Skidmore’s new online farmers market and delivery service, MichiganFields.com. The design studio launched the service during the height of the coronavirus pandemic. Planted Detroit, an indoor vegetable growing operation on Detroit’s east side, is selling its salad greens through the website after its commercial restaurant work dried up during the coronavirus shutdown of dine-in restaurants.
Jun 10, 2020
Detroit’s decision-making tables need more African Americans, Hudson-Webber Foundation CEO Melanca Clark says
May 28, 2020
How an unconventional hospital was stood up for COVID-19 patients inside Detroit's TCF Center
TCF Center was converted from a convention center to an unconventional hospital in April at the height of the coronavirus outbreak. Lynn Torossian, a retired Henry Ford Health System executive, talks with Crain’s Senior Editor Chad Livengood this week on the Detroit Rising podcast about what went into standing up the now-idled temporary hospital and how it might be used in the event of a second wave of COVID-19 infections in Southeast Michigan.
May 14, 2020
What's next for Detroit's construction industry? Return to boom or pandemic bust?
Crain's Senior Editor Chad Livengood talks with Sachse Construction owner Todd Sachse about the construction industry returning to work after a six-week shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. After the interview, Chad talks with his Crain's colleagues Kirk Pinho and Annalise Frank about the construction and real estate business in Detroit and what's on the horizon for the city as it emerges from the coronavirus pandemic.
Apr 6, 2020
Michigan Manufacturers Association CEO talks business adaptation, survival in the coronavirus outbreak
John Walsh, president and CEO of the Michigan Manufacturers Association, talks with Crain's Senior Editor Chad Livengood about how his members are adapting to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's order that non-essential businesses shut down during the coronavirus outbreak. Walsh is a former state budget director and state representative from Livonia.
Mar 22, 2020
Lon Johnson see opportunity for Detroit in supplying capital for water tech development
Lon Johnson, CEO of WaterWorks Fund, knows Milwaukee is ahead of Detroit in developing technology for clean drinking water. But he thinks Detroit could overtake other Great Lakes towns by becoming the Capitol for water technology investment capital that can fuel innovation. Johnson, of Detroit and a former chairman of the Michigan Democratic Party, has recently co-founded a Detroit-based online investment platform aimed at crowdsourcing equity capital for water technology projects at WaterWorksFund.com. He recently spoke with Crain's Senior Editor Chad Livengood about his new business initiative on the Detroit Rising podcast.
Jan 23, 2020
Detroit Rising: Greektown Casino betting on growth from sports betting
Marvin Beatty, chief community officer of Greektown Casino, talks with Crain's Senior Editor Chad Livengood and reporter Kurt Nagl about the downtown Detroit gambling hall's foray into sports betting and what has changed since Penn National bought Greektown from billionaire businessman Dan Gilbert's Jack Entertainment.
Dec 27, 2019
Detroit Rising: Detroit CFO Dave Massaron talks frankly about city finances 5 years after bankruptcy
Five years after Detroit exited a historic bankruptcy, the city's chief financial officer Dave Massaron talks with Crain's senior editor Chad Livengood and reporter Annalise Frank about Detroit's municipal financial outlook and challenges ahead in the next decade when pension contributions will resume and an economic recession could hamper tax growth.
Dec 19, 2019
Detroit Rising: Expiring tax payment plans threaten new wave of foreclosures in Detroit next year
Laura Grannemann, vice president of strategic investments at the Quicken Loans Community Fund, talks with Crain's Senior Editor Chad Livengood about the company's efforts to educate low-income Detroiters about the eligibility to get exempted from paying property taxes and avoid foreclosure for unpaid taxes. Mayor Mike Duggan and Wayne County Executive Warren Evans are lobbying lawmakers to relieve homeowners in Wayne County of past fees and interest charges for unpaid property taxes to avert another wave of foreclosures in 2020. The legislative effort follows several years of groundwork by housing advocacy groups and the Quicken Loans Community Fund, which has funded door-to-door campaigns to educate low-income residents in Detroit on how they may qualify for an exemption of property taxes.
Dec 13, 2019
Detroit Rising: How Detroit is trying to get Detroiters in line for FCA auto plant jobs
Nicole Sherard-Freeman, executive director of workforce development for Mayor Mike Duggan, talks with Crain's Senior Editor Chad Livengood about the employee recruitment program the city developed to get Detroiters at the front of the line for the nearly 5,000 new jobs that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles intends to offer at its east side Detroit assembly plants.
Nov 27, 2019
Detroit Rising: Compuware has returned to its mainframe computer software roots — and is growing
Compuware Corp. CEO Chris O'Malley talks with Crain's Senior Editor Chad Livengood about how the information technology company has reinvented itself over the past five years since spinning off several divisions of its business and returning to its roots of developing software for mainframe computers, which remain the mainstay of IT operations for banks, airlines and insurance companies. Compuware remains based in the former Compuware Building (now called One Campus Martius), the headquarters of Quicken Loans.
Nov 16, 2019
Detroit Rising: Two cannabis entrepreneurs at different ends of Michigan’s green rush
Chris Jackson and Anthony Sabatella are cannabis entrepreneurs who are building companies at different ends of Michigan’s green rush. Jackson is co-owner of Indica LLC in Ypsilanti, a state-licensed marijuana provisioning center that does business under the name “Sticky Ypsi.” Sabatella is the founder of THC 123, a back-office support firm tailored to marijuana growers, distributors and retail stores. Jackson and Sabatella sat down with Crain’s Senior Editor Chad Livengood last month at the 2020 Net Impact Conference at TCF Center in Detroit to talk about how they got into the budding industry and what challenges they see ahead.
Oct 31, 2019
Detroit Rising: Ashley Williams' path from media to millennial marketing entrepreneur in Detroit
Ashley Williams is founder and CEO of Rizzarr, a content-creating platform for consumer brands seeking to market their products to millennial customers. She talked to Crain's Senior Editor Chad Livengood on the Detroit Rising podcast about her Detroit company. The platform has a network of 5,200 freelancers who produce articles, videos, podcasts and photos that companies use on their social media, websites or marketing materials. The company also does market research on millennial customers for corporate brands. Rizzarr's clients have included JPMorgan Chase & Co., Glassdoor, DTE Energy Co., Bridgewater Interiors, First Independence Bank and Warby Parker eyeglasses.
Oct 23, 2019
Detroit Rising: Detroit needs a convention hotel attached to TCF Center, Bedrock exec says
Andrew Leber, vice president of hospitality at Bedrock Detroit, says the city needs a new large-scale convention hotel attached to TCF Center (formerly Cobo Center). "It's one of the things that limits the ability of the city of Detroit to attract larger-scale convention business," Leber said in the Detroit Rising podcast. "And that business is hugely impactful to the economy." The executive in charge of Bedrock and billionaire Dan Gilbert's downtown hotel properties discussed the hotel and hospitality market in an interview with Crain's Senior Editor Chad Livengood.
Oct 10, 2019
Detroit Rising: Detroit's broadband haves and have nots
At the Detroit Digital Inclusion Summit event on Oct. 7 in TechTown, Crain's Senior Editor Chad Livengood talked with four IT professionals about Detroit's digital divide between the greater downtown and the city's neighborhoods. The guests on this episode of Detroit Rising include: Joshua Edmonds, director of digital inclusion for the City of Detroit Katrina Turnbow, Google Digital Coach and founder and CEO of Kanopi Social consulting agency Samantha Schartman-Cycyk, founder and CEO of Connected Insights Karlos Harris, co-founder of the Detroit School of Digital Technology
Oct 4, 2019
Detroit Rising: Stephanie Byrd on how her Midtown restaurant's rebranding helped it thrive
Stephanie Byrd, co-owner of The Block restaurant in Midtown, talked with Crain's Senior Editor Chad Livengood about how her family-owned restaurant has thrived since it rebranded. She talks about coming back to Detroit to join her father's restaurant and hospitality. "I didn't expect to make it this far," shes said.
Sep 26, 2019
Detroit Rising: High-rise Midtown condos at The Mid could approach $1 million
Emery Matthews, co-founder of Real Estate Interests LLC, and his firm's managing director, Damon Jordan, talked with Crain's Senior Editor Chad Livengood at Detroit Homecoming on the "Detroit Rising" podcast about their brokerage work on The Mid high-rise mixed-use complex planned for 3750 Woodward Ave. in Midtown. Matthews said the 30-story tower will include a hotel and 51 condos at the top, some of which could reach $1 million in cost.
Sep 23, 2019
Detroit Rising: Bob Thompson and Jalen Rose talk education with Tonya Allen at Detroit Homecoming
At the last day of Detroit Homecoming VI, charter school philanthropist Bob Thompson, Danielle Jackson from Thompson's University Prep schools and charter school founder Jalen Rose talked with Skillman Foundation CEO Tonya Allen about their work in improving Detroit's public education system. Thompson, a road-building magnate, talked about the network of charter schools he founded in Detroit.
Sep 20, 2019
Detroit Rising: Expats Ken Buckfire, Ty Fahner talk pension debt and land use at Detroit Homecoming
At the sixth annual Detroit Homecoming, Crain's Senior Editor Chad Livengood talked to Detroit expats Ken Buckfire of Miller Buckfire & Co. and Chicago attorney Ty Fahner about Detroit's finances, the city's post-bankruptcy recovery, future land use and how debt-ridden Chicago is at risk of the same financial peril that landed Detroit in bankruptcy court.
Sep 13, 2019
Detroit Rising: Xenith CEO Ryan Sullivan on the Detroit football helmet maker's upward trajectory
Xenith LLC, the football helmet and protective gear company owned by billionaire Dan Gilbert, now claims 10 percent market share of the helmet business and is closing in on producing 100,000 units annually at its southwest Detroit manufacturing facility. Xenith CEO Ryan Sullivan recently sat down with Crain's Senior Editor Chad Livengood to discuss the company's upward trajectory, the business impact of tariffs on Chinese-made parts for its helmets and what's next for the company as it branches off into other football protective gear and apparel.
Aug 22, 2019
Detroit Rising: Suneel Gupta joins Techstars Detroit to mentor entrepreneurs of mobility startups
Tech entrepreneur Suneel Gupta has joined Techstars Detroit as a founder-in-residence focused on mentoring other entrepreneurs with technology-based startup businesses. He and Techstars Detroit Managing Director Ted Serbinski and Program Manager Kelly Kang talked with Crain's Senior Editor Chad Livengood on the Detroit Rising podcast about Gupta's new role with the business incubator, which is now based in Lear Corp.'s innovation center in Capitol Park in downtown Detroit.
Aug 13, 2019
Detroit Rising podcast: Venture for America's entrepreneurship taking root in Detroit
Amy Nelson, CEO of Venture for America, and her organization's Detroit director, Sarah Craft, talked with Crain's Senior Editor Chad Livengood on the Detroit Rising podcast about the entrepreneurship-focused fellowship for young professionals, which has brought 145 fellows to work in Detroit startup companies over the past seven years. They were joined by VFA alum Lauren Kase and Ashton Keys, a current fellow with the program who is working at Quicken Loans. Keys is a Detroit native and graduate of Cass Tech.
Jun 27, 2019
Detroit Rising: Canadian consul general talks Enbridge Line 5, trade and Gordie Howe bridge work
Joe Comartin, Canada's consul general in Detroit, sat down with Crain's Senior Editor Chad Livengood to discuss his country's concerns about attempts by Michigan politicians to shut down Enbridge Energy's Line 5 oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac, the status of trade negotiations between the U.S. and Canada and the outlook for early construction work on the long-planned Gordie Howe International Bridge.
Jun 19, 2019
Detroit Rising: Tony Michaels on designing the Ford Fireworks, Parade Co.'s need for new space
Tony Michaels, president and CEO of The Parade Co., talks with Crain's Senior Editor Chad Livengood about how the Ford Fireworks come together each year and the not-for-profit company's need for a new warehouse to build and store floats for America's Thanksgiving Parade.
Jun 17, 2019
Detroit Rising: Arab American & Chaldean Council working on 7 Mile revitalization
Fred Batayeh and Kimberly Hassan of the Arab American and Chaldean Council (ACC) discuss the non-profit's plans for a mixed-use housing development at John R Street and 7 Mile Road as well as ACC's partnership with Quicken Loans for four years of community improvement projects in conjunction with the Rocket Mortgage Classic PGA golf tournament at the Detroit Country Club. They talked with Crain's Senior Editor Chad Livengood for an interview on the Detroit Rising podcast.
May 14, 2019
Detroit Rising: Chasing medical fraud in Michigan's no-fault auto insurance system
John Hohmeier, an insurance industry defense attorney at Scarfone & Geen in Madison Heights, talks with Crain's Senior Reporter Chad Livengood about the fraudulent claims he sees in Michigan's unlimited medical coverage under the 1973 no-fault auto insurance law.
Apr 5, 2019
Detroit Rising: Should Michigan more closely regulate auto insurance companies, premiums?
Michigan's no-fault auto insurance law allows insurance carriers to "file and use" their rates with little oversight by the state. In this week's segment of the Crain's "Detroit Rising" podcast, senior reporter Chad Livengood talks with insurance industry researcher Doug Heller, who has studied Michigan's law for the Coalition to Protect Auto No-Fault.
Mar 17, 2019
Detroit Rising podcast: Steve Tobocman on how immigrants can fill Michigan's talent gaps
Steve Tobocman, executive director of Global Detroit, discusses how foreign-born immigrants have helped stem Detroit and Michigan's population loses in recent years and how more highly-educated immigrants could fill the state's workforce shortages.
Jan 22, 2019
Detroit Rising podcast: Detroit Vegan Soul owners eye statewide expansion
Kirsten Ussery, co-owner of Detroit Vegan Soul, and JPMorgan Chase bank executive Peter Scher talk with Crain's Senior Reporter Chad Livengood about JPMorgan Chase's Entrepreneurs of Color Fund and how the vegan restaurant used the loan fund to open its second location on Detroit's northwest side.
Dec 31, 2018
Detroit Rising: Lt. Gov. Brian Calley reflects on Snyder administration's intervention in Detroit
Lt. Gov. Brian Calley sat down with Crain's Senior Reporter Chad Livengood to talk about outgoing Gov. Rick Snyder's emphasis on turning around Detroit and taking the city through a historic bankruptcy reorganization.
Dec 9, 2018
Detroit Rising: Ford's autonomous vehicle team in Corktown forges ahead on driverless cars
Sherif Marakby, CEO of Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC, discusses how Ford Motor Co.'s team working on the business strategy and deployment of autonomous vehicles is utilizing the automaker's first building of an eventual campus in Corktown anchored by Michigan Central Station. Marakby sat down with Crain's Senior Reporter Chad Livengood for an interview at The Factory at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Rosa Parks Boulevard.
Oct 21, 2018
Detroit Rising: Todd Sachse on why the skilled labor shortage is slowing construction projects
Todd Sachse, CEO and founder of Sachse Construction in Detroit, discusses his company's efforts to recruit more young people into the skilled trades and why the current labor shortage is slowing the number of construction projects in metro Detroit.
Oct 21, 2018
Detroit Rising podcast: The changing landscape of options for commuting into downtown Detroit
Kevin Bopp, vice president of parking and mobility for Bedrock, discusses the real estate management company's partnerships for reducing downtown Detroit congestion inside a May Mobility semi-autonomous shuttle as the vehicle makes its one-mile loop through downtown Detroit's central business district.
Oct 19, 2018
Detroit Rising podcast: Detroit chamber backs Gretchen Whitmer for governor
For the first time since 1990, the Detroit Regional Chamber is endorsing a Democrat for governor. The chamber's political action committee backed Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday over Republican Bill Schuette, who has racked up the majority of endorsements from business groups in Michigan. Brad Williams, vice president of government relations for the Detroit chamber, sat down with Crain's Senior Reporter Chad Livengood at Hopcat in Midtown to discuss the business group's endorsements in the Nov. 6 general election.
Sep 25, 2018
Detroit Rising podcast: Bunker Labs aims to nurture veteran-owned businesses at WeWork
Eight military veterans are launching businesses from WeWork's shared office space in Campus Martius through Bunker Labs, a national organization that helps former service members become entreprenuers.
Sep 24, 2018
Detroit Rising podcast: Tech entrepreneur Angel Gambino's re-engagement with Detroit
Tech entrepreneur Angel Gambino discusses how her purchase of depressed property in Corktown in 2010 triggered her re-engagement with her hometown of Detroit. She's now building small mobility and social media marketing businesses in the city. She's joined on this episode of "Detroit Rising" by local businesswoman Stefanie Kwiatkowski, owner of Barre'letixx, a maker of grippy shoes for yoga. Barre'letixx is one of Gambino's social media clients.
Sep 17, 2018
Detroit Rising podcast: Local fashion apparel companies working to scale industry
New York fashion designer Tracy Reese, a native of Detroit and Shinola VP Jen Guarino and former Donna Karan CEO Jeffry Aronsson discuss their efforts to scale Detroit's fledgling fashion apparel industry by creating an apprenticeship program in industrial sewing and working to attract outside investors.
Sep 9, 2018
Detroit Rising: 'Talent is determining where corporations make real estate decisions,' DEGC CEO says
Kevin Johnson, CEO of the Detroit Economic Development Corp., speaks with Crain's Senior Reporter Chad Livengood about why human resources directors are driving business location decisions within large companies these days. He also argues Detroit needs a larger presence of state universities in the urban core to attract talent and businesses.
Aug 31, 2018
Detroit Rising: Teacher preparation for third-grade reading mandate lacking
Jeanne Jeup, co-founder of the Institute for Multi-Sensory Education in Southfield, discusses the importance of better-educating teachers on how to teach reading during an interview for the Crain's "Detroit Rising" podcast at Louisiana Creole Gumbo, 13505 W Seven Mile Road, in Detroit. Jeup's company trains teachers in schools across the country in the foundations of the English language.
Aug 22, 2018
Detroit Rising: City's business liaisons branch out into neighborhoods
The Detroit Economic Growth Corp. has hired seven business liaisons for individual City Council districts who serve as a conduit between city government and businesses large and small in Detroit. Tenecia Johnson, the business liaison for District 1, and DEGC Vice President Mike Rafferty talked to Crain's Senior Reporter Chad Livengood about the new outreach and what the DEGC is doing to help foster small business development in the city's neighborhood commercial cooridors.
Aug 14, 2018
Detroit Rising: Louisiana Creole Gumbo adds restaurant on northwest side, food truck service
Joe Spencer, owner of Louisiana Creole Gumbo in Eastern Market, talks about how he opened a second restaurant on Detroit's northwest side and started a food truck service for manufacturing plants without traditional bank financing. Sherita Smith, executive director of the Grandmont Rosedale Development Corp., discusses retail and restaurant business opportunities on Detroit's northwest side.
Aug 12, 2018
Detroit Rising podcast: Stroh's now brewing three beers in Detroit, plans to add more
Stroh Brewery Co. brand manager Andy Gurjian and Kacha Azéma, executive creative director for Skidmore Studio, discuss Stroh's re-engagement with Detroit and the three beers the iconic Detroit brand is brewing and bottling at Brew Detroit in Corktown. They sat down to talk about the marketing strategy for Detroit-made Stroh's beers with Crain's Senior Reporter Chad Livengood.
Jul 22, 2018
Detroit Rising podcast: Schuette backs Trump's attempt to get 'fairer trade deals'
Attorney General Bill Schuette, the frontrunner for the Republican nomination for governor, speaks with Crain's Senior Reporter Chad Livengood about his agenda for Detroit and broader plans for Michigan should he be elected the state's next governor.
Jul 16, 2018
Detroit Rising podcast: Whitmer vows to ban auto insurance redlining, stop 'raid' on school funding
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer discusses her agenda for Detroit and broader plans for Michigan should she be elected the state's next governor. She vows to stop a $750 million "raid" on the state's School Aid Fund for K-12 schools to provide money for public universities and community colleges.
Jul 10, 2018
Detroit Rising podcast: Colbeck wants to end 'winners and losers' economic development
State Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton Township, is running a long-shot campaign for the Republican nomination for governor. In an interview with Crain's Senior Reporter Chad Livengood, Colbeck details his plan for eliminating the state's 4.25 percent income tax and getting the state "out of the game of picking winners and losers" in economic development.
Jul 3, 2018
Detroit Rising: Saginaw doc running for gov seeks to cap medical provider payments in auto no-fault
Jim Hines, an obstetrician from Saginaw County, is running for the Republican nomination for governor in a long-shot bid to be Michigan's next chief executive. He spoke with Crain's Senior Reporter Chad Livengood about his views on tax incentives that "pick winners and losers" and his plans for fixing the state's roads, improving educational outcome in K-12 schools and lowering auto insurance rates.
Jul 1, 2018
Detroit Rising podcast: Rapidly-growing StockX pushing e-commerce platform beyond sneakers
At less than 29 months old, StockX is one of Detroit's fastest growing startups, employing 300 people in the city. The e-commerce company is a so-called stock market of things, seeking to commoditize high-end luxury consumer goods like sneaker, watches, handbags and street wear. StockX CEO Josh Luber and Chief Operating Officer Greg Schwartz sat down with Crain's Senior Reporter Chad Livengood recently to talk about the company's rapid growth and where it might be headed next in the evolving world of online commerce.
Jun 26, 2018
Detroit Rising podcast: Shri Thanedar wants to replace 'corporate welfare' with small biz incubators
Ann Arbor businessman Shri Thanedar, a Democratic candidate for governor, talks with Crain's Senior Reporter Chad Livengood about his plan gut "corporate welfare" tax incentive programs, invest in small business incubators and seek $30 billion in new state debt for investments in roads, bridges, underground infrastructure and schools. Thanedar is running in the Aug. 7 Democratic primary against former Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer of East Lansing and Abdul El-Sayed, the former Detroit city health department director.
Jun 17, 2018
Detroit Rising podcast: Calley talks Detroit policy issues, plans to accelerate road-funding
Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, a Republican gubernatorial candidate, talks about how he will approach policy issues affecting Detroit and governance in an interview with Crain's Senior Reporter Chad Livengood for the Crain's Detroit Rising podcast. If he's elected governor, Calley said he will propose speeding up by one fiscal year the state's plans to spend $1.2 billion more annually on roads.
Jun 12, 2018
Detroit Rising podcast: Abdul El-Sayed takes on health, auto insurers in bid for governor
Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Abdul El-Sayed, Detroit's former health commissioner, is campaigning for governor on a platform of creating a state-run, single-payer health insurance that he says would eliminate the need for medical coverage that drives up the cost of auto insurance. In this week's segment of Detroit Rising, El-Sayed talks with Crain's Senior Reporter Chad Livengood about his plans to tackling Detroit's biggest problems if he's elected Michigan's next governor.
Jun 7, 2018
Detroit Rising podcast: Mobile app developer Detroit Labs adding space, tech talent downtown
Erika Languirand, director of training & development for Detroit Labs, talks with Crain's Senior Reporter Chad Livengood about the mobile app development company's apprenticeship program and how it's continuing to grow into more downtown office space on Woodward Avenue.
May 27, 2018
Detroit Rising podcast: Mackinac confab focused on Michigan's future amid rapid change, uncertainty
Detroit Regional Chamber CEO Sandy Baruah and PwC's Detroit managing partner Ray Telang join Crain's Senior Reporter Chad Livengood on this week's "Detroit Rising" podcast to discuss the pillars and themes of this year's Mackinac Policy Conference, which runs Tuesday, May 29 through Friday, June 1 at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island,,
May 24, 2018
Detroit Rising podcast: How a Detroit high school is putting students on career paths
At Detroit Cristo Rey High School, a student's enrollment is contingent upon working to support the school's bottom line in lieu of a five-figure tuition bill that would be out of reach for the school's low-income Hispanic and African American families. One day a week, students work in business across metro Detroit as part of their education. In this week's segment of Detroit Rising, the high school's president and CEO Michael Khoury discusses the program along with two Detroit business leaders who employ the students — Ed Mannino, chief financial officer of Strategic Staffing Solutions, and Sylvia Gucken of Ideal Group.
Apr 22, 2018
Detroit Rising podcast: DTE engineer's career pathway opened up through FIRST robotics
Native Detroiter Samia Rahman, an operational analyst at DTE Energy, got her start at the utility company in high school after she presented her school's robot to DTE employees. In this segment of Detroit Rising, she discusses how the FIRST robotics program opened up career and educational opportunities.
Apr 22, 2018
Detroit Rising podcast: How GM is building an engineering talent pipeline through FIRST robotics
Joaquin Nuno-Whelan, chief engineer for next-generation SUVs at General Motors, discusses how the FIRST robotics program is creating a pipeline of engineering talent for the Detroit automaker. He was joined on the Detroit Rising podcast by students from Detroit Cristo Rey High School, the school's robotics team coach Ann McGowan and Milton Martinez, a global diagnostics strategist at GM's Milford Proving Grounds.
Apr 19, 2018
Detroit Rising podcast: Real estate course teaches Detroiters how to get into the business
Chase Cantrell, founder and executive director of Building Community Value, talks with Crain's Senior Reporter Chad Livengood about his organization's "Better Buildings, Better Blocks" seminar that teachers Detroiters how to build, rehabilitate and manage residential and commercial real estate in the city. The course is taught by Dietrich Knoer, president and CEO of The Platform.
Apr 8, 2018
'Detroit Rising' podcast: Ideal Group grows in southwest Detroit into multifaceted company
Ideal Group President Loren Venegas talks with Crain's Senior Reporter Chad Livengood about how the company his brother founded in 1979 has grown from a steel fabrication business into a multifaceted enterprise that designs and builds bumper post bollards for major retailers, sells obsolete auto factory machine parts around the world and does general construction contracting. In 1995, founder Frank Venegas Jr. began moving his business from Livingston County to a shuttered General Motors plant on Clark Avenue in southwest Detroit's Mexicantown.
Apr 2, 2018
'Detroit Rising' podcast: Urban Land Institute meeting in May to showcase Detroit revitalization
Real estate developers Jill Ferrari of Shelborne Development and Eric Larson of Larson Realty Group and the Downtown Detroit Partnership discuss the Urban Land Institute bringing its spring meeting to Detroit, May 1-3, in an interview for the Crain's "Detroit Rising" podcast with Senior Reporter Chad Livengood at Sister Pie bakery in Detroit's West Village.
Mar 28, 2018
Detroit Rising podcast: Barton Malow's Doug Maibach sees decline in workers' reading, math skills
Barton Malow Enterprises Chairman Doug Maibach and two educators — Michael Addonizio of Wayne State University and Randy Liepa of Wayne Regional Educational Service Agencies — discuss the School Finance Research Collaborative's study of funding for public schools in Michigan and how much money is needed to educate children to the state's standards.
Mar 21, 2018
Detroit Rising podcast: Leveraging technology in tracking Detroit blight-removal demolitions
Brian Farkas, director of special projects for the Detroit Building Authority, discusses how Detroit's blight-removal program has become more technology focused to give city officials real-time data on demolitions of houses and commercial buildings and provide real estate developers, investors and residents information on building permits, side lot sales and property for sale in the city.
Mar 13, 2018
'Detroit Rising' podcast: Sister Pie owner has no plans of opening bakeries beyond West Village
Sister Pie owner Lisa Ludwinski discussed her West Village bakery's growth as well as the redevelopment of the east side Detroit neighborhood alongside real estate developer Clifford Brown of Westborn Partners, which recently opened The Coe, a 12-unit mixed use building at Coe Street and Van Dyke in West Village.
Mar 7, 2018
Detroit Rising podcast: Recapturing service industry sales one hair 'blowout' at a time
Detroit natives Nia Batts and Katy Cockrel opened the Detroit Blows hair blow-drying salon in downtown Detroit last fall in response to a need for the specialty service that could previously only be found in the suburbs.Their business model aims to fill one of the many voids Detroit still has in the service industry that causes both Detroiters and suburban residents who work in the city to head to the suburbs for services every day. They also have a social entrepreneurship mission built into their business model.
Feb 27, 2018
Detroit Rising: Detroit Chamber's policy conference focused on building regional culture of civility
The Detroit Regional Chamber's annual Detroit Policy Conference on Thursday will focus on making a business case for creating a culture of civility in a region with a long history of divisions among race, geography and wealth. Devon O'Reilly of Detroit Regional Chamber and Jeanette Pierce of the Detroit Experience Factory joined Crain's reporter Chad Livengood for a discussion on the Crain's "Detroit Rising" podcast about the conference's civility pillar.
Feb 20, 2018
Detroit Rising: Primary care physicians in short supply in Detroit's neighborhoods
Dr. Paul Thomas of Plum Health DPC in southwest Detroit discusses his direct primary care business model during an interview for the Crain's "Detroit Rising" podcast with senior reporter Chad Livengood at Bamboo Detroit's downtown co-working space.
Feb 13, 2018
Detroit Rising podcast: Growth opportunities for more food businesses, affordable housing in Detroit
Melinda Clemons, senior loan officer for Capital Impact Partners, and Ashley Mizzi with the Detroit Community Loan Fund, think there's an opportunity for more food-based businesses and subsidized affordable housing developments to create jobs, access to fresh food and residential density. Clemons and Mizzi talked about their organizations' work in Detroit in the respective fields of real estate development and lending to small business start-ups during an interview for the Crain's "Detroit Rising" podcast at Bamboo Detroit, 1420 Washington Blvd.
Feb 3, 2018
Detroit Rising podcast: As automakers race to build electric vehicles, 'range anxiety' persists
As Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co. and other automakers race to build a new generation of electric vehicles, so-called "range anxiety" persists because of a limited number of publicly-available electric-charging stations and the time it takes to charge EV batteries. Consumers Energy Co. and DTE Energy Co. are starting to work with the Michigan Public Service Commission to build an infrastructure and business model around supplying the energy needed to propel the future of electric vehicles. PSC commissioner Norm Saari sat down with Crain's Senior Reporter Chad Livengood to discuss how utility regulators are tackling this emerging issue for Detroit's automakers and Michigan's energy companies.
Jan 30, 2018
'Detroit Rising' podcast: At Bamboo Detroit, a wide variety of businesses working under one roof
CellularEMT CEO Dwain Watkins and business and non-profits consultant Chanel Hampton operate vastly different businesses under the same roof at Bamboo Detroit, a co-working space in downtown Detroit. In this segment of the "Detroit Rising" podcast, they talk with Crain's Senior Reporter Chad Livengood about how their start-up businesses have thrived at Bamboo and what Detroit needs to do to continue fostering small business growth.
Jan 22, 2018
Detroit Rising podcast: Bamboo Detroit co-founder sees changing downtown office space landscape
Mike Ferlito, co-founder of Bamboo Detroit, and one of the tenants of the downtown Detroit shared office space, Jennifer Foster of Catalyst Media Factory, discussed the co-working office space model and how it could become more prevalent during an interview for the Crain's "Detroit Rising" podcast.
Jan 13, 2018
Detroit Rising podcast: Lightweight materials R&D takes root in one-time auto parts plant
Larry Brown, executive director of Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow (LIFT), discusses the joint manufacturing institute that LIFT operates with the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) in Detroit's Corktown neighborhood inside the old Mexican Industries auto parts plant. The facility's research and development equipment and capabilities will be showcased during the industry preview days of the North American International Auto Show.
Jan 8, 2018
Detroit Rising podcast: Mayor Mike Duggan talks Amazon HQ2 bid, auto insurance reform, 2018 politics
During an interview with Crain's, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan talked about the city's bid for Amazon's second headquarters, the prospects of another large auto parts manufacturing plant coming to Detroit and how he's not giving up on reforming auto insurance in Michigan. Duggan also talked about the 2018 race for governor, which he has declined to enter.
Dec 28, 2017
Detroit Rising podcast: Workforce board to replicate job-training, skilled trades programs in 2018
DTE Energy Co. Vice Chairman Dave Meador and Strategic Staffing Solutions CEO Cindy Pasky discuss the Detroit Workforce Development Board's 2017 accomplishments and 2018 agenda in an interview on the Crain's "Detroit Rising" podcast. Meador said the panel of c-suite executives are working to "rewire" a broken workforce training and development pipeline.
Dec 22, 2017
'Detroit Rising' podcast: Revitalizing city neighborhoods goes beyond fixing dilapidated homes
Real estate investor David Alade is betting the young millennials filling up apartments and condominiums in Midtown and downtown will eventually want a little more space to spread out, put down roots and possibly raise families in Detroit. Alade, a native of Queens, New York, says Detroit's high auto insurance costs and the quality of the city's public schools remain barriers to getting young families to buy single family homes in Detroit.
Dec 19, 2017
Detroit Rising podcast: Service businesses missing in Midtown
Midtown Detroit Inc. Executive Director Sue Mosey and James Cadariu, roastmaster at the Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company, discussed business development, residential construction, parking and mobility in Midtown in an interview for this week's "Detroit Rising" podcast.
Dec 11, 2017
Detroit Rising: Bridging gaps in Detroit's workforce
Detroit Employment Solutions Corp. CEO Nicole Sherard-Freeman and Jeff Donofrio, executive director of workforce development for Mayor Mike Duggan, discuss barriers Detroiters face getting into the workforce in an interview for the Crain's "Detroit Rising" podcast at Narrow Way Cafe, 19331 Livernois Ave., in Detroit.
Nov 30, 2017
Detroit Rising podcast: Tax reform bills in Congress reduce urban redevelopment incentives
Aaron Seybert, social investment officer at The Kregse Foundation, and Develop Detroit Vice President Ben Phillips discussed the potential impact of federal tax reform bills in Congress on community development financing in Detroit during an interview with Crain's Senior Reporter Chad Livengood. Competing plans in the House and Senate would reduce or eliminate tax credits for low-income housing, rehabilitation of historic buildings and the New Markets credits for business investment in high-poverty cities like Detroit.
Nov 28, 2017
Detroit Rising podcast: City's restaurants struggling with worker retention
Scott Lowell, owner of Traffic Jam & Snug, and Detroit Restaurant Association Director Herasanna Richards talk to Crain's Senior Reporter Chad Livengood about issues facing the city's dining and hospitality industry on the "Detroit Rising" podcast at Narrow Way Cafe, 19331 Livernois Ave.
Nov 21, 2017
Detroit Rising podcast: Owners of McClure's Pickles, Valentine Distilling talk food industry growth
In this week's "Detroit Rising" podcast, Joe McClure of McClure's Pickles and Rifino Valentine of Valentine Distilling Co. discuss how they got into the food and spirits businesses and have grown those respective businesses in and around Detroit.
Nov 14, 2017
Detroit Rising podcast: TechStars Mobility entrepreneurs on changing perceptions of Detroit
Ted Serbinski and Ian Sefferman of Techstars Mobility discuss their Detroit-based organization's accelerator program for startup companies in the mobility industry in this week's edition of the Detroit Rising podcast. Sefferman, who previously worked at Amazon, also shares his perceptions of Detroit's bid for the online retail giant's second North American headquarters.
Nov 4, 2017
Detroit Rising podcast with Chad Livengood: Small business development along Detroit's corridors
Chad Livengood, senior reporter with Crain's Business Detroit, sits down with Jonathan Merritt, co-owner of Narrow Way Café on Livernois Avenue, and Mike Rafferty, vice president of small business services for the Detroit Economic Growth Corp, to talk about the efforts being made in Detroit to rehabilitate and reinvigorate neighborhood commercial corridors in Detroit.