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Why Michigan is a leader in place-based education

Dr. Doris Terry Williams, executive director of the Rural School and Community Trust, discusses the need for place-based education in both rural and urban environments and how Michigan's Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative is leading the charge.

Want to get people back to work? Fill the basic skills gap

Low-income workers like Tawnee McCluskey often lack the basic skills needed to find a good job. To bridge the gap, experts says it's essential to invest in training. Yet despite millions of people out of work, programs are hard to find.

5 Local Blogs You Need To Be Reading

Okay, there's us. And we're proud to say we've been around 300+ issues now. But let's share some of the love, okay? There are some damn fine local bloggers out there and we think you should be reading them. So, we've put together a list of five must-read sites.

The 21st century body is being built in Washtenaw County

With advances in the medical device industry, Ann Arbor is proving to be more than just a place for entrepreneurial innovation and growth, it's producing startups that are helping to shape the future of the human body. 

Argus Farm Stop: One-stop shopping for local food

Being a locavore can be a challenge of logistics. All farmer's markets are not created equal and none operate year-round. Enter Argus Farm Stop, a downtown market offering one-stop shopping for locally produced goods.

Chronicle founder reflects on Ann Arbor news media's past, present and future

Last month Dave Askins and Mary Morgan ended their six year run of The Ann Arbor Chronicle, a local online news source that focused on long form government reporting. As Concentrate publishes its 300th issue, we've asked Askins to reflect on the local media-scape; where it's been, where it's at now, and where it might be heading.

OpEd: Make creativity a priority in Ann Arbor

For all of the cultural, intellectual, and economic resources Ann Arbor has, some say the city is stagnating creatively and lacks enough infrastructure for artists. Omari Rush, curator of public programs for the Ann Arbor Art Center, discusses his "listening tour" and proposes next steps needed to better support the arts.

Will ArborBike become a model for successful bike sharing?

As communities across the nation begin to recognize the value of non-motorized infrastructure plans are being made for bike share programs. But many such programs struggle to balance the health and environmental advantages against their financial sustainability. Ann Arbor's ArborBike thinks it has the solution.

Garages, clubs and co-ops: Navigating Ann Arbor/Ypsi's music underground

When it comes to live music and the performing arts, space is at a premium - particularly in Ann Arbor. So where do up and coming musicians and artists reach an audience? Concentrate's Patrick Dunn takes you on a quick tour of underground and off-the-radar performance venues.

Pot and Box: Small seeds for a bigger future

The challenges to establishing a new business are myriad. And as Lisa Waud, owner of Pot and Box, discovered, Ann Arbor's ever-inflating real estate is no small part of that challenge. For her, success has meant finding just the right size, the right location and the right relationships.

OpEd: How time banking can help revitalize Ypsilanti

"Know thy neighbors," isn't just a proverb. It's also key to neighborhood revitalization. And what better way to get to know others than through offering your services, using time as currency? It gives a new meaning to "spending your time," for a community and economic boost.

Tecumseh Brewing Company launches with a new kind of crowdfunding

It's not uncommon for a fledgling business to raise capital through crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. But what do you do if you're seeking investment partners through social media? That's the path the folks behind Tecumseh Brewing Company decided to take ...and they helped to change Michigan law along the way.

A delicious homecoming: Takashi Yagihashi returns to Michigan with Slurping Turtle

With successful restaurants in Las Vegas, New York, and Chicago, former Iron Chef Takashi Yagihashi could have settled anywhere. But what he wanted most was to bring his family back to Michigan. Which is why Ann Arbor is now home to his latest eatery, the Slurping Turtle. Concentrate's Nicole Rupersberg learns why.

#EATING: U-M football stars plant new seeds

The news is filled with examples of sports figures behaving badly. Well, here's something a little different: a trio of U-M football players have started the #EATING Project, which seeks to establish community food gardens in underserved communities.

OpEd: Empowering People to Power Michigan

Despite the rising demand for renewable energy generation in Michigan, individual property owners desiring to install renewable energy systems face numerous barriers and caps. Hence, the Energy Freedom bill package, a market-based approach that facilitates renewable energy generation at the individual level. State Rep. Jeff Irwin, a sponsor of the 4-bill package, opines on how to lift these barriers, thereby turning small-scale generation into a large-scale pursuit. 
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