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New leadership, new brand, new era: The big, broad vision of Ypsilanti Schools' new superintendent

Ypsilanti Community Schools is a district with serious challenges, from a shrinking population to negative perceptions. Dr. Benjamin Edmonson is taking them all on with gusto. Here's what YCS's new superintendent has planned for the struggling schools.
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While it builds a home in Detroit, Katoi gets up and running in Ann Arbor

Katoi, a Thai eatery which started as a Detroit food truck, recently opened a brick-and-mortar location in Ann Arbor while a permanent Detroit restaurant is under construction.
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Concentrate takes a break

It's Labor Day and back-to-school, which means pools close, notebooks open and Concentrate is taking a little down time. Not to fear, we'll be back in a couple of weeks with more stories about the people, policies, companies and organizations that are moving our community forward!
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Imported inspiration: Ann Arbor's one-of-a-kind speaker series

For more than a decade, The Penny Stamps Speaker Series has brought innovative artists, thinkers and makers to Ann Arbor to speak to students and locals alike. For free! It's the only program of its kind in the nation, and it's impact has help forge an unique connection between the community and the university.
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Work begins on downtown Ypsilanti co-working space

A new co-working space called The Back Office Studio is under construction in downtown Ypsilanti and should be open this fall. Construction workers with JC Beal Construction have begun working on 13 N Washington with a target of having the space completed in time for a Halloween opening. In the meantime, The Back Office Studio team is recruiting ...
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TorranceLearning looks to hire six in downtown Chelsea

TorranceLearning is a name that gets around, but it doesn't have to pay to reach its customer base. The downtown Chelsea-based firm lets it track record do the talking. And that has spurred its growth. "We don't pay for advertising," says Megan Torrance, CEO of TorranceLearning. "We only pay for two trade show booths a year. ...
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Mother's last words inspire launch of The Little Bird Cafe in Ypsilanti

Joanne Kwiatkowski died of breast cancer three years ago, leaving a hole in the life of her daughter, Beth. But Joanne also left her daughter with some words of wisdom. "She asked me that I live my life and not let anybody hold me back," Beth says. "That's what inspired me to do this crazy thing and spend all of my money on ...
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MuniRent targets large govt agencies to spike growth

MuniRent launched with the idea of bringing the sharing economy to municipalities across Michigan. Today the Ann Arbor-based startup is looking to spike its growth by bringing its technology to large government agencies, like state departments of transportation. The 1-year-old startup's software enables municipalities to share heavy equipment, ...
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EMU develops phone app to promote better study habits

Here's something for older folks to grouse about: a phone app that rewards students for better study habits. Can't you almost hear them say, "How about good grades? Isn't that reward enough?" Oh, grandpa. Excerpt: "Students earn points for activities such as meeting with a tutor or success coach, attending campus events ...
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Another food writer pens a love letter to Ann Arbor

Nom nom nom. Another day, another newspaper writer discovers Ann Arbor's culinary scene. Yes, Zingerman's gets a shout-out. But so does new kid on the block, Mezzevino. Excerpt: "All I knew about Ann Arbor when I made my first visit was that it is home to the University of Michigan. The city’s population of 114,000 swells to ...
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Just a hop, skip and jump down the road from Ann Arbor is the town CNN/Money Magazine calls one of the country's top 100 "Best Places to Live" (It's 42nd). Known for its annual Celtic Festival in July, this community of 9000 boasts great schools, a charming downtown and the kind of quality of life other communities drool over.

Meet a friend for coffee at the Drowsy Parrot, chow down on one of the best burgers you've ever had at Dan's Downtown Tavern or slurp oysters at Mac's Acadian Seafood. From its weekly farmer's market to a pair of nationally renowned high school bluegrass/fiddle groups, if you're looking for authetic midwestern living, look no further.

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