Macomb County – Daily Detroit What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Sat, 20 Jan 2018 00:39:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Your Networking 5 For The Week Of January 16-22 Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:34:24 +0000 Hey there all you go getters!

This week is bustling with events and there are plenty of options for you to choose from.

Detroit Women in Digital 

Women in Digital will be holding a Detroit meet up at Bamboo Detroit this Wednesday, January 17.

The event is for women who work in digital, marketing, advertising or communication. Unlike past events this meeting is for members only. You can join Women in Digital for $25 a month or $250 for a yearly membership.

This month the special guest will be Susan Emerick. She is the Senior Manager of Global Marketing for IBM.

Just a note, this event is for women or for those who identify as women.

This event is free and you can register for it here.

When: Wednesday, January 17 from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Where: Bamboo Detroit 1420 Washington Blvd #301 Detroit, Michigan 48226

Casual Networking for Metro Detroit IT Professionals

You know the deal with the IT in the D Casual Networking socials. There are no agendas, no speeches, and no cover charge. Just head out and get to know some other people who work in your field.

Be sure to stop by and say hi to Bob and Dave.

When: Thursday, January 18 from 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Where: Falling Down Beer Company 2270 E. 10 Mile Road Warren, Michigan 48091

Cocktails & Communication: The Press Effect

If you have a business but are having a hard time getting the attention from media professionals this is the event for you.

Come get advice and cultivate relationship from PR and media professionals at this networking and panel event.

This event is $18 for students and $25 for general admission. You can purchase your tickets here.

When: Thursday, January 18 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Where: Grand Circus Detroit 1570 Woodward Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48226

JMJ Phillip and Turning Point at Business and Brews

On Thursday, January 18 JMJ Phillip and Turning Point will be hosting their annual NeckTie Drive. The event will be at Granite City Food and Brewery in Troy.

Come network with other professionals from all industries while enjoying a cocktail and appetizers.

If you have a bunch of ties taking up space in your closet, they will be collecting new and gently used neckties. The ties will be re-purposed into rose pins, tote bags, purses, and aprons.

The event is free, but you will need to RSVP here.

When: Thursday, January 18 from 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Where: Granite City Food & Brewery 699 West Big Beaver Road Troy, Michigan 48084

Ask the Recruiter

Ladies, get the inside scoop about what recruiters look for at Ask the Recruiter workshop this week at SheHive.

If you’re looking to make a career change this is a don’t miss event.

Join Martha Janssen, CEO of Amplify Talent Solutions to learn all of the ins and outs of getting hired.

Tickets for the event are currently $35 but the price will be going up to $40 on January, 19. You can purchase them here.

When: Saturday, January 20 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Where: SheHive 2505 Hilton Road Unit 107 Ferndale, Michigan 48220

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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PODCAST: Board Games In Metro Detroit Fri, 12 Jan 2018 18:07:36 +0000

Board games are making a big comeback, and they’re making a comeback here in Metro Detroit. Especially during the winter season, games with friends at a bar might just be the ticket to have fun without the sun.

Madison Reitzel and Kyle Sweeney are at the front of this changing trend – and board games are much different today than they used to be, moving faster and having more creative ways of playing.

So this week, Sven Gustafson dives into a neat corner of Detroit’s culture.

The Loaded Die has game nights across Metro Detroit and they’ve been helping foster the board game culture that has also taken hold in other cities across the world.

They also have a retail store in the Rust Belt in Ferndale.

If you like the show, subscribe for free on Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcatcher.


Thanks to Podcast Detroit:

Disclosure: The Loaded Die has been a supporter of Daily Detroit in the past.

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Mirror, Mirror On The Wall: It Turns Out A Detroiter Has The Best Beard Of Them All Tue, 09 Jan 2018 19:58:04 +0000 In a national contest of beards, metro Detroit’s Jason Heien beat out the competition by a whisker to receive a national honor and become Wahl’s Man of the Year.

If you remember, Wahl’s mobile barbershop made the rounds through the Motor City, and Heien was our area champion in the facial hair face-off.

The contest is decided in part by public vote (40%) and also by a panel of judges (60%) who evaluate across a variety of beard factors, including intangibles like enthusiasm for the beard.

“Just as Detroit is in the middle of a big come back, facial hair too has grown in popularity. I think the city’s influx of creative and hardworking people is the perfect environment for facial hair, and I’m proud to be a part of it,” said Heien.

He’s going to be featured in a national commercial and received a  $1,500 prize.

Below are some more photos if you’d like revel in Heien’s resplendent face mane.

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Homes Threatened, Roadways Could Be Impacted By Flooding Of St. Clair River Thu, 04 Jan 2018 21:07:57 +0000 There’s an ice blockage on the St. Clair River, and conditions look that this weekend are going to be touch and go for residents near the waterway in St. Clair and Macomb Counties.

A report by the National Weather Service outlines a flood warning for the area until 1:45 p.m. on Sunday.

Per the flooding warning:

Multiple roadways were impacted by flooding near the St. Clair River. Many homes and structures were threatened by water near the reported flooding. The current flooding is due to an ice blockage on the St. Clair River.

Specifically, the ice blockage is in East China Township. Pay special attention to the area in green as outlined by the NWS.

Key things to remember:

  • Most flood deaths occur in vehicles. Don’t try and drive through flooding.
  • Take precautions in the area outlined in green on the map below that flooding may occur.

Here’s a video on Twitter via ClickOnDetroit of the blockage:

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Could Buddy’s Pizza Go National? Company Takes Investment Cash To Expand Wed, 03 Jan 2018 17:32:03 +0000 Could Detroit-style pizza from blue steel pans be a hit across the nation?

The Michigan-based local chain with 12 locations in southeastern Michigan just announced that they’ve taken an undisclosed investment from CapitalSpring to recapitalize the company.

The express goal was to “accelerate new store growth across the Midwest and beyond.”

CapitalSpring is a private investment firm based out of New York that focuses on the restaurant industry. They firm manages assets of more than a $1.3 billion and has worked with brands like Taco Bell, Hardee’s and Denny’s.

“We are thrilled to support the Buddy’s team and look forward to working together to grow the brand over the coming years,” said Erik Herrmann, Managing Director at CapitalSpring. “It’s rare to find a restaurant concept with such signature food, deep-rooted brand equity, and passionate customers, and we are honored to be their partner in accelerating the business.”

The exact terms of the financial deal were undisclosed.

“This partnership is a significant opportunity for us to introduce Buddy’s iconic pizza, rich culture and community roots to new customers in Detroit and beyond,” said Robert Jacobs, CEO of Buddy’s.  “We are extremely excited for this new chapter and to have found a partner that can not only maintain our commitment to quality food and an exceptional guest experience, but also offer substantial restaurant expertise.”

Buddy’s was founding in 1946 in Detroit and they’re preparing to open their 13th location at the Detroit Zoo this spring.

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PODCAST: A Conversation On The State Of The Detroit Region Fri, 29 Dec 2017 20:19:12 +0000

As we wrap up 2017, how is Metro Detroit really doing?

That’s a question that we dive into today on the podcast. Sven Gustafson interviews two people from the Detroit Regional Chamber to talk about, from a data perspective, how metro Detroit is doing.

Justin Robinson, the Vice President of Business Attraction for the Chamber and Angela Ladetto, Director of Business Research share key highlights – the great, the good, and the challenges metro Detroit faces that are in the State of the Region report.

You can download the entire report here for yourself:

Of course, if you want to subscribe (for free!) to the Happy Hour Podcast, we’re on Apple Podcasts:

Or Google Play:

And of course, thanks to our network, Podcast Detroit:

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Michigan Ranks 10th Nationally In Population Wed, 27 Dec 2017 13:30:24 +0000 The state of Michigan seems to be slightly adding to our population, even though other states are growing significantly faster.

Estimated data released by the U.S. Census Bureau paint a picture where the largest increases (by percentage) across the nation were Nevada (2.0 percent), Utah (1.9 percent), Washington (1.7 percent), and Florida along with Arizona (1.6 percent).

The U.S. population grew by 2.3 million between July 1, 2016, and July 1, 2017, a 0.72 percent increase to 325.7 million. Net international migration decreased 1.8 percent between 2016 and 2017, making it the first drop since 2012-2013. However, net international migration continues to be a significant factor in the population growth of the United States, adding just over 1.1 million people in the last year.

Michigan’s population rose 0.3 percent, less than half of the national average of 0.72 percent.

According to the Census Bureau, eight states lost population between July 1, 2016, and July 1, 2017.

Illinois had the largest numeric decline, losing 33,703 people (this was a relatively small percentage change compared to its population of 12.8 million). Wyoming had the largest percentage decline (1.0 percent).

Three states that had been losing population in the previous year, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Vermont, saw slight increases.

States in the South and West continued to lead in population growth. In 2017, 38.0 percent of the nation’s population lived in the South and 23.8 percent lived in the West.

Rank Name 2010 2016  2017
1 California 37,254,518 39,296,476 39,536,653
2 Texas 25,146,100 27,904,862 28,304,596
3 Florida 18,804,594 20,656,589 20,984,400
4 New York 19,378,110 19,836,286 19,849,399
5 Pennsylvania 12,702,857 12,787,085 12,805,537
6 Illinois 12,831,565 12,835,726 12,802,023
7 Ohio 11,536,730 11,622,554 11,658,609
8 Georgia 9,688,690 10,313,620 10,429,379
9 North Carolina 9,535,721 10,156,689 10,273,419
10 Michigan 9,884,129   9,933,445   9,962,311
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Two E. Coli Hotspots Found In Warren, Testing “Off The Charts” For Bacteria From Human Waste Wed, 20 Dec 2017 17:23:42 +0000 Turns out that sewage and storm drains are believed to be mixing in two locations in Warren. The drains empty into Lake St. Clair.

Responding to a complaint from a citizen, Candice Miller, the Macomb County Public Works Commissioner began an investigation that discovered so much E. Coli bacteria — found in human and animal waste — that it was literally off the charts, as in they found levels higher than the test could count.

The maximum test count is approximately 2,400 count of E.coli per milliliter. A count of 300 is enough to close a beach. Both sites tested off the chart.

The offending sewers are, according to the Public Works office, owned and controlled by the city of Warren.

“We are doing a comprehensive inspection of drains all over Macomb County because there is no one single source of pollution and contaminants. As we inspect drains, we are looking at the condition of the pipe if it is an enclosed drain, and running samples to make sure there are no illicit connections, in other words, some type of sanitary sewerage that should not be in a storm drain. This is what we have found in these two locations and we have notified city officials in Warren and they have assured us they will work with us to identify the point source of their sewer pipe which is somehow entering the county storm sewer,” Miller said.

The E.coli bacteria is entering the county drains from two city-owned local pipes

  • In a neighborhood between Schoenherr and Bunert, south of 14 Mile Road; and
  • Along the east side of Schoenherr, immediately north of I-696.

The MCPW collected and tested samples from more than 20 locations along the drain in an effort to isolate the source.

The county says crews found a 36-inch diameter city pipe at the location near 14 Mile Road and a 72-inch diameter city pipe at the location near I-696. Water from both pipes is entering into the MCPW with the high E.coli counts, meaning the source is somewhere in the Warren pipes.

The Schoenherr Relief Drain was constructed in the early 1950s and runs near Schoenherr Road from 9 Mile Road to the Red Run, just north of 14 Mile Road. One of the hot spots was found on the 14 Mile Schoenherr Relief Drain, which runs east-west along 14 Mile Road.

Both drains receive storm water from drains operated by the city, the Macomb County Dept. of Roads and Michigan Dept. of Transportation. The underground drain varies in size, up to more than 12 feet in diameter where it enters the Red Run.

The Red Run drain is an open waterway that begins in Oakland County and runs through Warren and Sterling Heights before emptying in to the Clinton River near Metro Parkway and Utica Road in Sterling Heights.

The county will be following up with the city of Warren around repairs.

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There Aren’t Two Detroits. But There Are Two Metro Detroits. Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:18:45 +0000 Over the past few years we’ve noticed that there is a severe cultural disconnect in metro Detroit.

Before you say “oh, another city vs. suburbs rant!” let’s be clear: It’s way more complicated than just city vs. suburb. Or black vs. white.

This cultural divide doesn’t respect city boundaries. Sure, there’s a geographic element to it, but it’s also tied to family and life experiences. We live in silos. We have a lack of shared experiences and empathy.

You could live in, say, Harrison Township or Canton or Auburn Hills but still be somewhat aware of what’s happening around town, if you choose to be.

Metro Detroit’s conversation stalls because it so often lacks context and true civic pride beyond wearing an old english “D” around.

This is borne out again and again in issue after issue, where the community conversation turns into a shouting match of what “they” (insert “they” of the day) should do to fix it “themselves.”

As long as we define everyone as “they” instead of “us,” it’s a soulless conversation. We’re not dealing with each other as humans. We need more empathy and commonality.

We need to break down the virtual walls that keep us apart — whether it’s city and suburb, or in some cases, suburb to suburb.

The problem, in large part, is our cultural disconnection.

Here are a few tiny examples, but indicative of the last year.

Geographically, this cultural line seems to roughly sit somewhere a bit north of I-696, with of course individual exceptions depending on family and life experiences on either side. There’s also a western boundary, but we haven’t found it quite yet. Maybe I-275? Would be interested to hear your thoughts.

In the outer exurb lands, when we do stories, when we visit family — there’s a feeling that “Detroit = Lions, Tigers, Vernors and Crime, Oh My!”

Little depth of knowledge. No context. Little awareness of anything going on. Just… what they saw in some media cesspool, or maybe what Dan Gilbert or Mike Ilitch is doing. Maybe. Metro Detroit is so much more than that.

We are coming to the realization — and this particular issue isn’t just about race, to be clear — that we are truly culturally divided. It’s not a city vs. suburb divide. It’s an experience and lifestyle divide.

That has a lot of impacts in a lot of different ways. Transit. Investment. Incentives. Jobs. Infrastructure. People choosing to stay in our region.

As a region, metro Detroit has roughly the same amount of people living here that we did in the 1960s. Meanwhile, the rest of the country has grown like gangbusters.

We’re staying the same and falling behind.

There’s important work to be done around this. Work that will transform this region in a positive way and help everyone.

Instead of focusing on trying to take pieces of the proverbial pie from each other, we need to bake more pie.

Thing is, the power to change this lies in all our hands. We are better than this.. If we choose to be. The future of our region depends on it.

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Hispanics Outpace National Average For Home Ownership In Metro Detroit, African Americans Lag Behind Tue, 12 Dec 2017 21:08:01 +0000 When it comes to minorities and home ownership, new data out shows that there are significant disparities between different racial groups around what is usually the largest asset a person or family has — owning a home.

The data, culled from U.S. Census data and other sources and compiled by the real estate site Abodo, paint a very interesting picture.

It’s one of the most clear numbers that illustrates wealth inequality. Nationally, 63% of Americans own homes.

Whites in America have the highest rate of home ownership. This plays out locally as well. 78% of the white population owns home here in Metro Detroit, compared to a national average of 71.3%.

When you dig deeper, more details start to emerge.

One is that Hispanic home ownership far outpaces the national average in Metro Detroit. Nearly 59.7% of Hispanics own a home in Metro Detroit. That’s far above the 45.6% nationally.

African Americans haven’t fared so well. Only 40% — nearly the half of of whites — own their own home. That’s also slightly below the national average of 41%. Both nationally and locally, the wealth gap is large between African Americans and the rest of the country.

The percentage of Asian home owners (57.4%) is also slightly behind the national average (58.5%), but closer to the white average.

“When analyzed specifically by the largest minority groups in the country, the breakdown of home owners is very interesting in Detroit. Clearly, all across the country, including Detroit, home ownership among minorities is far behind the home ownership rates of white people,” said Sam Radbill of Abodo.

When minorities do own homes, there are still differences. The median value of a minority-owned home in Detroit is $90,000 while for the region as a whole it is $142,700.

The number of minority renters of all races is also high in Detroit.

“When it comes to minority home ownership in Detroit, the metro area ranks No. 76 among all cities in the U.S. In Detroit, 44.7% of minorities own homes, while the other 55.3% are renters,” said Radbill.

Don’t Forget Detroit’s Hispanic Community

It’s often ignored by mainstream media, but at least in the city of Detroit, the one population group that grew during some of Detroit’s most challenging times were Hispanics.

History & Context Matters

It’s important to acknowledge the Detroit area as a whole has a long history of segregationist housing policies. From Grosse Pointe’s point system that enforced racial and religious restrictions; to subdivision deeds with racist covenants that only stopped being enforced a couple decades ago; to the impact of Federal policy where white veterans after World War II received home loans while minorities did not. The after effects of these actions and divisions have had real impact for generations.

We even have a wall that was built to keep black and white neighborhoods apart so that financing could happen for new suburban homes.

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