Daily Detroit http://www.dailydetroit.com What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Mon, 22 Jan 2018 22:49:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.2 Michigan Science Center Makes It To Top 15 In The US2020 STEM Coalition Challenge http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/01/22/michigan-science-center-makes-top-15-us2020-stem-coalition-challenge/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/01/22/michigan-science-center-makes-top-15-us2020-stem-coalition-challenge/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:20:57 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40590 The Michigan Science Center has been named on of the finalists in the US2020 STEM Coalition Challenge.

Judges for the competition looked at how each organization incorporated science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to underrepresented students.

They were also evaluated on their potential impact, approach to partnership building, creative engagement strategies, and sustainability planning.

There were 92 communities from across the United States participated in the competition in October of 2017. The fifteen finalists were named last week.

As a finalist, MiSci will be competing for a share of $1 million in money and resources later this month in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The STEM Collaboratory is a two day workshop in Pittsburgh, where finalists will work with STEM experts and creative community builders. During the two day event the finalists will be able to learn from one another.

The winners will be announced in the spring of 2018. There will be eight winners in all.

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Your Networking 5 For The Week Of January 23-29 http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/01/22/networking-5-week-january-23-29/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/01/22/networking-5-week-january-23-29/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 18:48:03 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40586 There is no shortage of opportunities to meet new contacts around town this week.

It is hopping with networking events. Have a great week!

Retail Boot Camp Info Session

Are you a retail entrepreneur but need help getting launched?

TechTown has a Retail Boot Camp that is coming up and they will be hosting a Retail Boot Camp Info Session on Tuesday night.

The program will not only help entrepreneurs by giving training but will provide access to start-up capital, affordable space and ongoing business support.

You can find out more information here.

When: Tuesday, January 23 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Where: TechTown 440 Burroughs in Detroit

Be Investable Lunch Session

One of the best parts about being a member at Bamboo is the access to all of their events. One of the events in January is “Be Investable” with Michael S. Melfi a Partner for Bodman PLC and Founder of Be Investable.

Find out the keys to funding and how you can going about securing the funding you need.

Admission is $10 for non Bamboo Members. You can find more information here.

When: Wednesday, January 24 from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

Where: Bamboo Detroit 1420 Washington Boulevard Suite 301 in Detroit

Pitch Club Detroit 

Calling all entrepreneurs, Pitch Club is back for 2018!

This monthly event provides entrepreneurs an opportunity to learn from other entrepreneurs and investors. Come out and network, listen to some practice pitches, and also hear a keynote speaker.

When: Wednesday, January 24 from 5:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Where: Next Energy 461 Burroughs in Detroit

Network After Work Metro Detroit at Strata 

If you are looking for a networking event that has a wide demographic of industries then this event might be for you.

Network After Work will be holding their next event at Strata in downtown Royal Oak.

Tickets for the event are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.

When: Thursday, January 25 from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Where: Strata 366 N Main Street in Royal Oak

Detroit Entrepreneurship Super Sunday

Looking to break out and start your own business?

Come out to the Detroit Entrepreneurship Super Sunday at Entrepreneurs Hub.

The event is free if you RSVP in advance after that the admission goes up to $10.

When: Sunday, January 28 from 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

Where: Entrepreneurs Hub 1400 Woodbridge Street Floor 4 in Detroit

And thanks to our sponsor that makes the Networking 5 possible, the Detroit Regional Chamber:

Mackinac Sneak Peek

Network with regional business professionals and learn about the ins and outs of the Mackinac Policy Conference at the Crowne Plaza in downtown Detroit on Wednesday, Jan. 24.

Mackinac Sneak Peek will allow attendees to discover everything the 2018 Conference has to offer with major programming, events, and best practices for networking on the island. Find out more information here.

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Old Coach Insignia Space At Top Of RenCen To Be Taken Over By James Beard Award Winning Chef Shawn McClain http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/01/21/old-coach-insignia-space-top-rencen-taken-james-beard-award-winning-chef-shawn-mcclain/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/01/21/old-coach-insignia-space-top-rencen-taken-james-beard-award-winning-chef-shawn-mcclain/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 01:25:09 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40579 An iconic space in Detroit restaurant history – the top of the Renaissance Center – is about to get a new chapter.

James Beard Award winning chef Shawn McClain will be opening a restaurant in Detroit. This time in the Renaissance Center, home to the headquarters of General Motors.

His restaurant will go in the former Coach Insignia space on the 71st and 72nd floors.

The restaurant is expected to be open the fall of 2018.

This is the first restaurant to be opened by McClain and the restaurant group McClain Camarota Hospitality in Detroit. The group is made up of McClain, his wife Holly McClain, and Richard and Sarah Camarota.

McCain Camarota was formed in 2009. Since then the group has opened three successful restaurants in Las Vegas, Sage, Five50 Pizza and Libertine Social.

The 20,000 square-foot project will be designed by architect Greg Keffer of Rockwell Group.

The name and concept for the new restaurant will be released at a later date.

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Time To Dust Off Those Dancing Shoes Because Ferndale’s Boogie Fever Is Coming Back http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/01/20/time-dust-off-dancing-shoes-ferndales-boogie-fever-coming-back/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/01/20/time-dust-off-dancing-shoes-ferndales-boogie-fever-coming-back/#respond Sat, 20 Jan 2018 22:46:16 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40486 It looks like the owners of Ferndale’s Twisted Tavern want to turn back time and go back to the 70’s and 80’s dance club concept.

People have missed the club so much that Boogie Fever Cafe and Disco will be reopening on the evening of Saturday, January 20.

“After Boogie Fever closed its doors and we opened Twisted Tavern, people still talked about Boogie Fever,” said Mark McConnell, owner of Boogie Fever. “ The nightclub was open for 15 years and was a big part of people’s lives.”

Most of the things that people loved about Boogie Fever will remain the same; like the light up dance floor and mannequin sitting on the half moon above the bar.

There will be some new additions, like a cafe in the front part of the club that will offer seasonal dishes. Guests will be able to grab a bite to eat before dancing the night away.

The club will also have live music on Friday nights starting in February. Friday Night Live will feature some of metro Detroit’s best cover party bands like Fifty Amp, Fuse, Atomic Radio, Phoenix Theory and Rockstar.

Doors open on Friday and Saturday nights at 9:00 p.m. and there is a $5 cover. You can reserve a table by calling 248-541-1600.

Boogie Fever Cafe and Disco is located at 22901 Woodward Avenue Ferndale, MI 48220

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Elite Detroit High Schools Like Cass Tech & Renaissance Move Beyond Test Scores For Admittance http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/01/20/elite-detroit-high-schools-like-cass-tech-renaissance-move-beyond-test-scores-admittance/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/01/20/elite-detroit-high-schools-like-cass-tech-renaissance-move-beyond-test-scores-admittance/#respond Sat, 20 Jan 2018 22:41:13 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40573 Detroit’s main school district is changing the way it decides which students gain entry to the city’s elite high schools.

Students applying to Cass Technical High School, Renaissance High School and two other selective high schools will no longer be judged primarily on the results of a single exam.

Instead, an admissions team comprised of teachers and staff from the schools, as well as administrators in the district’s central office, will use a score card that gives students points in various categories.

Students can get up to 40 points for their score on the district’s high school placement exam, up to 30 points for their grades and transcripts, up to 20 points for an essay and up to 10 points for a letter of recommendation. Students already enrolled in the district will also get 10 bonus points that will give them an edge over students applying from charter and suburban schools.

That is a change over past years when  students with the highest test scores largely got automatic admissions to their top-choice schools. Other factors like grades, essays, student interviews, and letters of recommendations were typically only considered during an appeals process for students who didn’t make the first-round cut.

“You can imagine that there was a great deal of subjectivity to that, and if you’re a student who might not be a good test taker, you were at a disadvantage,” said Superintendent Nikolai Vitti, who, as a dyslexic, said he was not a strong test-taker in school.

“I can empathize with that gifted student whose intelligence is not always identified by a standardized test,” he said.

Vitti said he hopes the new process “will have more of a quality control … It’s a consistent process to ensure that we’re being equitable and fair when students are being enrolled in these schools.”

The district’s decision to reduce the role of testing in admission decisions mirrors a trend across the country where college admissions offices are increasingly moving beyond SAT and ACT scores to give more weight to grades and other factors in admissions decisions.

Cities like New York and Boston are reviewing their use of test-based admissions for their elite high schools in the face of an onslaught of criticism that the tests discriminate against students of color and students who come from poor families and reinforce already prevalent segregation in the districts.

“Tests tend to favor kids who come from backgrounds and whose families have the wherewithal to focus on test prep,” said Bob Schaeffer, the public education director at FairTest, an organization critical of schools’ reliance on test scores to make crucial decisions.

In addition to changing the admission criteria for Detroit’s selective high schools, the district is also for the first time requiring all district 8th-graders to take the exam. In the past, only students who applied to the top schools took those tests.

“Not every school emphasized the exam application process, so it would be dependent on an individual parent’s ability to navigate the system,” Vitti said.

Only about half of the district’s 8th graders took the exam last year. Data provided by the district show that several schools had just a handful of students take the test while others had dozens of test-takers. (See the full list of test-takers from district schools here.)

Vitti hopes that requiring 8th graders to take the test and encouraging more of them to write essays and gather letters of recommendation to apply will help prepare them to apply to college four years later.

“We’re creating a culture of college readiness,” he said.

The district is also using the exam to survey students about their career ambitions and plans to make high school programming decisions based on their answers, Vitti said, adding that high schools will also use the exam results to determine which students could benefit from advanced classes and which ones need more help.

Some parents and educators say they welcome efforts to make the application process more equitable.

Hope Gibson, the dean of students at Bethune Elementary-Middle School on the city’s west side, said students were excited when the school encouraged them to apply to the selective schools.

“They feel like we believe in them,” she said.

The changes, however, have put some families on edge as they worry about how the new approach will affect students’ chances at landing a spot in their first-choice school.

Aliya Moore, a parent leader at Paul Robeson Malcolm X Academy, a K-8 school that typically sends roughly half of its graduates to Cass and Renaissance, said parents had trouble getting information about the process and have been frustrated with Vitti and the school officials he brought to Detroit with him from his last job running schools in Jacksonville, Florida.

“I don’t like these new people coming here and criticizing our old ways,” said Moore, who graduated from Cass Tech in 1998 and has a daughter enrolled there now. “The district is now full of changes. Some are good, but some are like, if something is not broken, why are you trying to fix it? We support Dr. Vitti. We have nothing negative to say. But when you come in and you just totally dismantle what was, even if it was working, we don’t understand that.”

Among Moore’s concerns is the district’s use of  a new test this year, which makes it more difficult for the school to help students prepare. Also, this year’s test is being administered online while prior tests were on paper.

Vitti said the district is using a new test this year because last year’s exam wasn’t an option.

“The license expired years ago and the district was illegally using it,” he said.

The new test will be online, he said, though students with disabilities and other students whose parents request it will be allowed to take the test on paper.

The Detroit district now has four examination schools including Cass, Renaissance and Martin Luther King Jr. High School. The district this year converted Southeastern High School into an exam school after Southeastern returned to the district from five years in the Education Achievement Authority, a now-dissolved state-run recovery district.

Chalkbeat Detroit

Chalkbeat is a nonprofit news site covering educational change in public schools. This content is shared with their permission.

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Motor City Creations Brings Popular Faygo Candles & More To Monthly Pop-Up In New Hudson http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/01/20/motor-city-creations-brings-popular-faygo-candles-monthly-pop-new-hudson/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/01/20/motor-city-creations-brings-popular-faygo-candles-monthly-pop-new-hudson/#respond Sat, 20 Jan 2018 18:08:06 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40540 New Hudson might not be the first place you think of for a pop-up shop, but hear me out.

A local candle and sign business, Motor City Creations has started their own monthly pop up.

I took the drive out to New Hudson in Oakland County to check out the new store.

We first featured Motor City Creations in 2016 because we saw their Faygo candles and wax melts at the Detroit Bike Company.

The candles are great. I gifted the Faygo wax melts to my siblings this year and everyone loved them.

But they do so much more than just candles. They also make sweet hand painted signs, blankets and doormats.

There are Detroit signs.

Fun Valentine’s Day signs.

And cheeky signs that would look great in any room.

They even have throw blankets with sayings on them.

The store features not only Motor City Creations products but items from other metro Detroit businesses.

Like women’s clothing from Avabelle Boutique.

Soaps and bath salts from Cellar Door Bath Supply.

They also feature some snack items like Detroit Gourmet Nut Company and cookies from MP Life Is Sweet.

This pop up for this month is currently going on and Motor City Creations will be open on Friday until 8:00 p.m., Saturday from 12:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

The next pop up will be the weekend before Valentine’s Day, so you can be sure to get your special someone something special.

Motor City Creations is located at 56230 Grand River Avenue New Hudson, Michigan 48165

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A Look In The Mirror: 5 Smart People On Detroit’s Amazon HQ2 Disappointment http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/01/19/look-mirror-5-smart-people-detroits-amazon-hq2-disappointment/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/01/19/look-mirror-5-smart-people-detroits-amazon-hq2-disappointment/#respond Sat, 20 Jan 2018 00:39:59 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40563

Detroit’s failure to make the list of 20 finalists for Amazon’s $5 billion HQ2 project and its 50,000 jobs has been the talk of the town. Especially after the all-hands-on-deck effort to produce a joint Detroit-Windsor bid that had many people believing the Motor City, once considered strictly a longshot, had a serious chance.

In our latest episode, we talk to five local experts from a variety of backgrounds for their perspectives on what the failure says about our region and where we go from here.

  • Justin Robinson, vice president of business attraction with the Detroit Regional Chamber, who was part of the team that helped put together the HQ2 proposal
  • John Mogk, a law professor at Wayne State University and expert on urban policy and economic development
  • Kurt Metzger, a longtime population demographer who is currently mayor of Pleasant Ridge
  • Tom Lawrence, founder and CEO of Lawrence Technology Systems and host of a popular tech vlog and YouTube channel
  • And Nuri Gocay, a co-host of the IT in the D podcast and technology veteran who has worked for companies including Google and Expedia in cities around the world.

Our experts differ on their reactions — Robinson and Mogk were surprised we were left off the list, while Gocay and Lawrence, less so. But they all raised interesting points about Detroit’s image and quality of life, our technology scene, and shortcomings around transit and education.

Find on Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-daily-detroit-happy-hour/id1168444594?mt=2

Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/m/Iwc3prrpluduhfvsclhcl4inhtu?t=The_Daily_Detroit_Happy_Hour

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/5TC5Qr2vIfY3Bx9ZFpLCuN?si=mXXaxrT0SBWcu5ESbMpIsQ

And thanks to Podcast Detroit: http://www.podcastdetroit.com

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NEWS BYTE: School Funding Changes To Benefit Charters, Royal Oak City Buses, Belle Isle Draft Plans & Attracting Mobility Companies http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/01/19/news-byte-school-funding-changes-benefit-charters-royal-oak-city-buses-belle-isle-draft-plans-attracting-mobility-companies/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/01/19/news-byte-school-funding-changes-benefit-charters-royal-oak-city-buses-belle-isle-draft-plans-attracting-mobility-companies/#respond Fri, 19 Jan 2018 21:44:09 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40561

Here’s your Daily Detroit News Byte for Friday, January 19.

On the docket today:

If you like the show, don’t forget to subscribe in Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/daily-detroit-news-byte/id1220563942?mt=2

Thanks again to Podcast Detroit for their support: http://www.podcastdetroit.com

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Survey In Royal Oak Will Gauge Interest In City-Operated Buses http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/01/18/survey-royal-oak-will-gauge-interest-city-operated-buses/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/01/18/survey-royal-oak-will-gauge-interest-city-operated-buses/#respond Thu, 18 Jan 2018 16:36:58 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40526 Royal Oak plans to survey residents and organizations to gauge interest in funding a city-operated transit system to connect residents who aren’t served by SMART buses to downtown and other attractions.

Proponents also hope such a system would ease chronic parking shortages.

Talks are in an early stage to design a system that would complement but not eliminate SMART, the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation that operates buses outside of the city. A seven-member transit task force met to discuss the draft survey and other issues Wednesday. Marie Donigan, the chair of the task force, said SMART is designed for regional transportation but leaves some areas of the city underserved by buses and makes many connections difficult.

“I think of this whole project as being like SMART-plus, like an addition to SMART service,” she said. “We already have SMART service, how can we add to SMART service to make it more usable for the residents of Royal Oak?”

The panel met twice in December and has heard from officials from SMART, Royal Oak Schools and Beaumont. The Detroit Zoo told panel members it has worsening parking problems, has begun renting shuttle busses for attendees who park off-site and has worked with the state to alleviate traffic congestion coming off of I-696.

The proposal, unofficially dubbed ROGO, for Royal Oak Go, could be modeled after the senior shuttle buses already operated by SMART. Or it could go the way of so-called microtransit, which doesn’t necessarily follow fixed routes and can adjust to demand. The price tag would likely run in the millions of dollars but would depend on the number of routes, vehicles needed and technology involved.

If the idea gains traction, supporters could put it on the ballot as soon as August, when a tax supporting SMART comes up for renewal, though supporters acknowledge that might be ambitious, since the Royal Oak City Commission would also have to approve ballot language months in advance.

The ROGO idea comes as the Regional Transit Authority members are reportedly close to hatching a new proposal to place before voters. The RTA’s 20-year, $4.6 billion plan was narrowly defeated by voters in November 2016. It also comes as a plan hatched by neighboring Ferndale to operate a trolley with Royal Oak and Detroit reportedly fizzled.

Separately, Royal Oak is among several suburban communities — including Ferndale, Berkley and Birmingham — that have been talking with MoGo about expanding the Detroit bike sharing program, said James Krizan, assistant to the Royal Oak city manager.

Donigan, a former state representative and Royal Oak city commissioner who has a long involvement in transit issues, said the idea for ROGO came to her last year, when she filled in for a vacant seat on the City Commission. She was struck by the fact that, 20 years after she left the Commission, officials were still talking about parking problems in the city. It got her thinking about the benefits of transit.

Panel members plan to finalize the survey next week, then hold an open house at the end of February to discuss findings.

“If we find out nobody wants it, then nobody wants it,” Donigan said. “If we find out there’s some demand for certain things… we have to just go out and talk to the community.”

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Detroit Will Not Get Amazon HQ2, Gilbert And Duggan React http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/01/18/detroit-will-not-get-amazon-hq2-gilbert-duggan-react/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/01/18/detroit-will-not-get-amazon-hq2-gilbert-duggan-react/#respond Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:40:51 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40529 Detroit is not getting the Amazon HQ2 project.

238 proposals were submitted from across North America the company’s second headquarters in North America.

The HQ2 project is a plan to invest over $5 billion and hire as many as 50,000 people in high-paying jobs. The company says that construction and ongoing operation of Amazon HQ2 is expected to create tens of thousands of additional jobs and tens of billions of dollars in additional investment in the surrounding community.

Metro Detroit did not make the cut of the top 20, based on criteria in their Request For Proposals that included areas of more than one million people, mass transit, and a stable business environment.

Here are the top 20 in alphabetical order:

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Austin, TX
  • Boston, MA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Columbus, OH
  • Dallas, TX
  • Denver, CO
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Miami, FL
  • Montgomery County, MD
  • Nashville, TN
  • Newark, NJ
  • New York City, NY
  • Northern Virginia, VA
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Toronto, ON
  • Washington D.C.

“Thank you to all 238 communities that submitted proposals. Getting from 238 to 20 was very tough – all the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity,” said Holly Sullivan, Amazon Public Policy in statement. “Through this process we learned about many new communities across North America that we will consider as locations for future infrastructure investment and job creation.”

 

So what did local leaders have to say? Here’s Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.

We would have loved to have made it into the next round for Amazon’s second headquarters but everyone here is incredibly proud of the proposal we submitted. It showed a clear vision for the future of our city and brought out the very best of our city and our region.

I want to thank Dan Gilbert, the Governor, County Executives, Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens and the entire bid team for an extraordinary effort in a short period of time. We learned a great deal from this process and it was a very valuable experience. We’re going to keep building on the progress we’ve made and keep pursuing major developments. I expect that the lessons we learned in the Amazon process will help make us more successful on a number of other major potential investments that we are currently pursuing.

We’re going right back to work today to work on those other projects.

And Dan Gilbert, who has been investing in Detroit in many ways during the last few years:

Obviously, we are all disappointed Amazon did not name Detroit as one of the 20 cities they will be further evaluating for their new “HQ2”.

We are not deterred in any way, shape or form. Detroit is the most exciting city in the country right now and the momentum continues to build every single day.

All you have to do is spend an hour walking around town and you will have a very clear and deep understanding of the opportunities, optimism and future of the motor city.

We have no doubt our best days are ahead of us. There are numerous large and small deals you will continue to see develop into reality in the months and years ahead.

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