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  1. Q&A: Steve Tobocman helps make Detroit welcoming for immigrants

    For the last 10 years, Steve Tobocman has been at the center of efforts to bolster Metro Detroit’s immigrant communities and their contribution to the region’s economy. Since 2009, the University of Michigan alum has led Global Detroit, a non-profit dedicated to making the area welcoming to immigrants, attracting and retaining talent, revitalizing neighborhoods, and attracting business development.

  2. U-M, Detroit Community Schools celebrate first anniversary of Brightmoor Maker Space

    More than 150 community members gathered to celebrate a year of “making” at the Brightmoor Maker Space recently. The Detroit Community Schools and the University of Michigan’s Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design hosted the open house to celebrate its first academic year in operation.

  3. U-M, Detroit gathering shares impact, ways forward

    “We’re not just showcasing the work of the university, but of the university and our partners in the city. We hope there will be a lot of spark and new partnerships form,” said Sonia Harb, special advisor on Detroit engagement for the provost’s office, of the purpose of um3detroit.

  4. U-M report details phosphorus sources—both urban and agricultural—in Detroit River watershed

    A new University of Michigan report provides the most detailed characterization to date of the phosphorus sources—and their relative contributions—in the complex Detroit River watershed, which is heavily urbanized on the U.S. side of the border and mainly agricultural on the Canadian side.

  5. Detroit Vineyards opens first winery in the city in half a century

    About a decade ago, wine expert Blake Kownacki met Claes Fornell, a retired University of Michigan business professor and expert on customer satisfaction. Their conversations blossomed into a friendship based on their mutual admiration for good wine, and they started to brainstorm how to put Detroit back on the map as a wine-centric, agri-entertainment center.

  6. um3detroit spotlights partners, projects in Detroit

    The um3detroit event on May 9 at the Gem Theater in Detroit features talks by U-M President Mark Schlissel and U-M alumni Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and Wendy Jackson, managing director of the Detroit Program for the Kresge Foundation.

  7. Changing neighborhoods: Building Detroit one entrepreneur at a time

    It was Jevona Watson’s dream to have a coffee shop in the Fitzgerald neighborhood in northwest Detroit, a place she calls home. A matching Motor City Match grant in 2016 helped take the first steps toward her dream. Watson began searching for support and resources as she was getting the shop ready to open. She landed on the University of Michigan’s Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project.

  8. Detroiter Hall of Fame inducts new members, others honored at U-M Detroit Center

    The University of Michigan has inducted two new members to its Detroiter Hall of Fame — Cynthia Stephens and Charles Adams — and also recognized Dexter Mason as an emerging leader in the city plus honored Barbara Israel as a faculty member who has shown outstanding service to the community.

  9. June Manning Thomas’ life’s work in Detroit started with a single, vacant lot

    June Manning Thomas is Centennial Professor of Urban Planning and Regional Development at University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning today, but in the early 1990s her niece was living next to an overgrown lot in Detroit. That vacant plot got her thinking and asking questions: How had that land gone undeveloped for so long? Who had failed her niece and other black Detroiters?