Jonathan Shead

New Black-owned grocery store aims to tackle the food desert on Detroit’s eastside

In a promising development for Detroit’s Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood on the city’s eastside, African American entrepreneur Raphael Wright is set to open the doors of Neighborhood Grocery LLC. This establishment is poised to make history as the first Black-owned grocery store in Detroit in nearly a decade.   Entrepreneur Raphael Wright (right) gives BridgeDetroit’s Orlando Bailey (left) a tour through Neighborhood Grocery LLC, a new Black-owned grocery store in Detroit’s Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood. The grocery store is a full-service market that promises to provide much-needed access to fresh, healthy foods in an area that has long struggled with limited grocery options. Detroit, like many urban areas, has grappled with food deserts where residents often have limited access to affordable, nutritious food. Wright’s venture not only aims to fill this critical gap but also demonstrates the power of grassroots efforts to create sustainable change.  RELATED: Worker-owned Pingree Detroit creates equity, shares success with employees Another key feature of Neighborhood Grocery is its business model and innovative approach to funding. The store is partially funded through a crowdfunding and profit-sharing model that allows Michiganders to invest in the project for as little as $50. BridgeDetroit’s Orlando Bailey spoke with Wright about his vision for Neighborhood Grocery, its innovative profit-sharing model, and its pivotal role in addressing food desert challenges while fostering a stronger sense of community.  Stay Connected:  Subscribe to Detroit Public Television’s YouTube Channel & Don’t miss American Black Journal on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m and Sunday at 9:30 a.m. on Detroit Public TV, WTVS-Channel 56. Catch the daily conversations on our website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @amblackjournal. View Past Episodes > Watch American Black Journal on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 9:30 a.m. on Detroit Public TV, WTVS-Channel 56.

New CRC report shows Michigan’s infrastructure struggles under climate change pressure

Michigan’s infrastructure is crumbling — literally. Michigan has witnessed a troubling decline in the condition of its aging infrastructure, including its roads, water, and energy systems, and the tangible effects of climate change through increased flooding, heatwaves, and severe storms have placed additional stress on these already fragile systems. Addressing the interplay between deteriorating infrastructure and the impact of climate change has become a pressing issue for residents and policymakers alike. These challenges raise urgent questions about how to modernize and fortify critical infrastructure in the face of an evolving climate landscape. The Citizens Research Council of Michigan believes it has the answers. The council has released its latest findings in the fourth of a series of five reports, in partnership with the nonprofit Altarum, titled “Michigan’s Path to a Prosperous Future: Challenges and Opportunities.” The reports are helping to inform Michigan’s new Growing Michigan Together Council, announced by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer at the 2023 Mackinac Policy Conference. The council’s latest report explores the multiple challenges, several of which are amplified by climate change, involved with rebuilding and maintaining the state’s infrastructure, as well as remediating and protecting the environment. RELATED:  In Southeast Michigan specifically, the effects of climate change on Michigan’s weather, with warmer winters and springs and heavier rains causing more destructive storms, have overwhelmed the region’s water systems. With the impacts of climate change at the forefront, what it will take to address the stress on the state’s current water infrastructure in the face of increasingly extreme weather events in the future? Chuck Hersey, Senior Policy Advisor for OHM Advisors, a company that works with the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) on addressing regional challenges, including those connected with water infrastructure talks with “One Detroit” producer and Future of Work host Will Glover. They talk about the process of water getting to our homes, coordination between organizations that handle different sectors of infrastructure, the need to invest in infrastructure repair, and the increased funding it will likely take to replace Southeast Michigan’s water infrastructure. Stay Connected:  Subscribe to One Detroit’s YouTube Channel and don’t miss One Detroit on Mondays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. on Detroit Public TV, WTVS-Channel 56. Catch the daily conversations on our website, Facebook, Twitter @DPTVOneDetroit, and Instagram @One.Detroit View Past Episodes > Watch One Detroit  Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. ET on Detroit Public TV on Detroit Public TV, WTVS-Channel 56.

Gov. Whitmer’s Growth Council aims to boost population, economy through education and infrastructure

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s “Growing Michigan Together Council,” unveiled during the 2023 Mackinac Policy Conference, is taking a bold bipartisan approach to address the state’s key challenges. Comprised of experts from various fields, the council’s overarching goal is to devise strategies that will bolster Michigan’s population and economy with a focus on Pre-K-12 education, higher education, infrastructure, jobs, talent, and overall societal well-being.  RELATED: While discussions on mitigating Michigan’s population decline have persisted for decades, State Senator Darrin Camilleri (D-4th District), a recent appointee to the council, believes that the group is breaking new ground through a multifaceted approach to growth.   Michigan Sen. Darrin Camilleri (left) and One Detroit population contributor Zoe Clark (right) discuss the Growing Michigan Together Council and MiLEAP at Marygrove Conservancy in Detroit. | Photo by One Detroit During an insightful conversation with One Detroit population contributor Zoe Clark, Political Director for Michigan Radio, Camilleri shares how the newly established Michigan Department of Lifelong Education, Advancement, and Potential (MiLEAP) will play a pivotal role in the overall growth strategies of the Growing Michigan Together Council.  Camilleri also addresses concerns raised by the Michigan Board of Education regarding the constitutionality of MiLEAP and talks about his hopes that the state will become a top 10 state in terms of education quality and economic growth. Full Transcript: Zoe Clark, Political Director, Michigan Radio: So let’s talk all things population. Let’s first talk about the council that you’ve been appointed to. What are you looking forward to? What is actually going to get done here? Darrin Camilleri. Michigan Senator, 4th District: I’m excited that we’ll have a chance to dive deep into population trends, not only in Michigan but across the country as we look to figuring out solutions to help put us on the map for being one of the best places to live, grow a family, and have a job and work here. We’ve got fantastic features for people to have recreation and love being here and work here. But we need more people to know that that is a story that Michigan has to tell. Zoe Clark: Where is that disconnect? Because there was also a report that said Michigan is second only behind West Virginia when it comes to population growth. Sen. Darrin Camilleri: I think as a young person and knowing a lot of my friends who have moved out of state or even out of the area that I grew up in, Downriver, people are looking for places where you have a lot of activity, where you can walk to coffee shops or museums or art shows and a place that you can feel like you’re part of a community. And I think we need to go back to more of those types of communities. If you look at Michigan and places that are growing, it’s places like Traverse City or Ann Arbor or places like Royal Oak and Oakland County. And those are walkable, livable communities that people are attracted to based on the experience that they have there. And so we need more of that across the state. Zoe Clark: So those places that you just named also happened to be very wealthy areas. Talk to me a little bit about how, when we’re talking about growing population, that fits in with inclusivity for all so that everyone can make a home in these areas that can be tough to find housing and affordable living. Sen. Darrin Camilleri: And that’s actually a key piece that was brought up in our first Population Council meeting is that we want to ensure that any of the data that we are looking at and analyzing is really inclusive of every experience of all of our Michiganders. And so we’re talking about communities of color. Some of that data is not always aggregated in a way that is telling the full story. Let’s put it that way. Where we’re talking about Latino communities or black communities or any of our other diverse, beautiful members of Michigan, we want to ensure that every piece of the data is accurate and that we are inclusive for all of those voices. Zoe Clark: So help me understand. So it’s like this younger generation that we need to get to stay or that we want to have them stay. Meantime, we sort of have a council or folks in government saying, here’s what we need to do, tend to be older. So how will the council, or whoever is making some of these decisions, make sure to listen to the younger generation? Sen. Darrin Camilleri: This is how I’ve lived my life in politics. I’m one of the younger people always in the room, and I think that there are those who are eager to listen to people like me and others who are of my generation wanting to see what is it that I’m choosing about Michigan. Why do I want to be here? And for me, it’s about making sure that we have a place that is close to home, that I have a beautiful family nearby, that we’ve got wonderful places to live that are affordable, and that we do have these beautiful natural resources across Michigan, whether it’s Lake Erie or the Detroit River. Zoe Clark: You are chair of the PreK-12 education budget in the Senate. Talk to me a little bit about the conversations that you want to make sure are had at that table. Sen. Darrin Camilleri: When talking about education, it has to be pre-K through post-secondary. And so we’ve got to talk about how do we get the best resources in front of our kids as early as possible. So we’re talking about literally right from birth. So whether it’s the Dolly Parton Imagination Library and getting more books in the hands of families, which is something that we added in our school budget for more Michigan students to take advantage of. All the way through, what is that post-secondary credential? Whether it’s a trade school or a two-year community college or a four-year university, all of those options have to be on the table for conversation. Zoe Clark: Growing Michigan’s population has been on the top of politicians, lawmakers, academics, economists, minds for decades here in Michigan. How will this council, do you think, be different this time than the previous conversations, iterations, idea-making? Sen. Darrin Camilleri: I think for a lot of the conversation previously, it’s always been about how do we hearken back to the past. And because we have so many people who came to Michigan for a specific purpose. My family is one of them. My dad’s an immigrant from Malta. Him and his family came to the U.S. in the 1960s with the hope of the American dream and a good manufacturing job. On my mom’s side, Mexican Americans who came from Texas all the way to Detroit again with the hope of manufacturing. But that was 60, 70 years ago for my mom’s side and 50 years ago from my dad’s side. That type of Michigan doesn’t exist in the same way. But how can we become a place that is still a beacon of hope for the future? It’s about climate. It’s about our environment. We are going to be the place that, because of the lack of action at the national and worldwide level for climate change, Michigan is the place where you can seek refuge in the future. You know, we do have our moments of really high heat, but we’re not sitting in 120 degrees like in Arizona. There’s going to be a point pretty soon where people are starting to realize that we want to live in a place that is bearable and beautiful all at the same time. Zoe Clark: So affordable living, transportation, which is always top of mind here in Michigan, and education. What will success look like? Are there going to be metrics? How will you know that this is working other than maybe a population of 11 million? What does that look like? Sen. Darrin Camilleri: So I do think we need to hit a specific target, whether that is a specific number that we’re hoping to be at by 2050 or a specific growth number. One of those two things is really critical because we do need to have a North Star. But the other piece is what are the other metrics along the way? And so if we’re going to hit a certain population, whether it’s 11 million, 12 million by a certain number, what are the steps along the way that we need to be taking together? Whether you are a Democrat or Republican in this legislature, we need to be united in that purpose. And that’s something I hope we can come out of this council with, is that this is the vision for Michigan. It’s not a vision for the governor or for the legislature or for this one body of people. It’s literally, how can we put all of our partisan politics aside and say, for Michigan to thrive, we must do this together and stick on that path for the next ten or 15 years? Zoe Clark: Let’s talk a little bit about education. The governor just recently announced an entire new department will go into effect in December. Talk to me a little bit about MI-Leap. Sen. Darrin Camilleri: I think for this new department that the governor is creating, it’s again, back to that principle of we need to be focused on a goal as a state and we need to all be working towards that direction. And so with her new initiative, with MI-Leap, I think it’s going to be very important that we focus on those early learners as well as those who are looking to go right into the economy and to get a job. And we do know that those who have been working in the Department of Education, I’ve heard it over and over again during this budget process, they need more staff, they need more support. So if we can figure out ways to balance that workload, I think this new department is really going to help. Zoe Clark: So you just mentioned the Department of Education. So these are going to be two separate departments. And there’s been some consternation from some folks who are part of the Department of Education, including the state superintendent, Michael Rice. The Education board members actually asking for an opinion from the state attorney general, Dana Nessel, about the constitutionality of this new department. Is it not great that it’s already- with its announcement that there’s already a little controversy surrounding whether it’s something that even Democrats are going to back? Sen. Darrin Camilleri: I think there’s always going to be resistance to change, no matter whether it’s coming from a Democratic administration or a Republican administration. But this one component around education, no matter the party of the governor, there has not been an ability for the governor to really lead in a direction unless they do some systemic departmental changes. And that’s one way that I know that Governor Whitmer is trying to lead in this space. She has the constitutional authority to create her own departments and to reorganize departments as well. I’m backing it. I think a lot of legislators are backing it, too, because we do see the benefit of working with a department that is focused on some of these early and post opportunities for education. Zoe Clark: Let’s think about 2033. Write me a headline if Michigan is a successful state when it comes to population growth, and particularly your passion, which is education. Sen. Darrin Camilleri: The headline that I’d like to see is that Michigan is a top ten state for growth, and we are in a top ten state for education across the country. When we look at some of the things that we’re investing in right now, we are trying to plant the seeds for future opportunities, not only for our students but for our educators as well. If we can be the place for an education workforce, it’s going to set us up for so many opportunities for success. Zoe Clark: Can we do it? Sen. Darrin Camilleri: I think we can. We’ve got some really important investments in the education workforce that we just passed in this budget. We’ve got record per pupil amounts going out to every student across Michigan, and we’re also investing in equity. We’re spending $200 million in additional resources for our at-risk students. And that’s also being added in with a new opportunity index that if you you’re in a high concentration poverty district, you’re going to get more money per pupil than those that don’t have those exact needs. That, I think is going to level the playing field, balance out some of these inequities in our system and actually help us address these challenges. Hopefully for that 2033 headline to say, Come to Michigan. Be the place that you want to raise your family. Be the place that you want to learn and grow and work. And that is something that I think we can all be proud of. Stay Connected:  Subscribe to One Detroit’s YouTube Channel & Don’t miss One Detroit Mondays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. on Detroit Public TV, WTVS-Channel 56. Catch the daily conversations on our website, Facebook, Twitter @DPTVOneDetroit, and Instagram @One.Detroit View Past Episodes > Watch One Detroit every Monday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m. ET on Detroit Public TV on Detroit Public TV, WTVS-Channel 56.

Imagining Michigan’s future with Richard Florida and Zoe Clark

Thriving cities are essential to a state’s prosperity. A flourishing population with a robust talent pipeline helps shape a healthy economy, but Michigan’s population has been shrinking for decades, especially in its efforts to attract young, college-educated tech talent from elsewhere. RELATED: Michigan business leaders say education, trained workforce key to making Michigan more competitive A recent report released by the nonpartisan Citizens Research Council of Michigan found that Michigan has trailed behind other states in population growth for 50 years and this trajectory is projected to continue, if not worsen through 2050. On the heels of this grim news, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer formed a bipartisan, 28-member council to brainstorm strategies to solve the state’s lagging population problem.  Another new study by renowned urbanist Richard Florida, Founder of the Creative Class Group, identifies and studies regions across North America that are successfully attracting high-tech talent and business, compares them to Michigan and provides recommendations on how the state can become more competitive.  RELATED: Richard Florida shares the two priorities downtown Detroit needs for its post-pandemic recovery RELATED: Placemaking: The path to increasing quality of life, talent attraction in Michigan One Detroit contributor Zoe Clark, political director for Michigan Radio, talks with Florida about the results from his study, “Michigan’s Great Inflection,” why Michigan’s population has fallen behind, placemaking, and how to ensure the state’s long-term prosperity.  Stay Connected:  Subscribe to One Detroit’s YouTube Channel & Don’t miss One Detroit Mondays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. on Detroit Public TV, WTVS-Channel 56. Catch the daily conversations on our website, Facebook, Twitter @DPTVOneDetroit, and Instagram @One.Detroit View Past Episodes > Watch One Detroit every Monday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m. ET on Detroit Public TV on Detroit Public TV, WTVS-Channel 56.

Cooking with Que Founder Quiana Broden brings plant-based dining to Detroit with The Kitchen

At the intersection of positivity, community and eating healthy is the Detroit restaurant and culinary business The Kitchen, by Cooking with Que. Founded by Quiana “Que” Broden, a renowned chef and entrepreneur, her business specializes in providing delicious vegan and vegetarian meals and promoting healthy, plant-based eating options.   RELATED: Chef Quiana Broden shares her backstory and why she created Cooking with Que The idea for Cooking with Que was born out of Que’s personal journey of adopting a vegan lifestyle. After facing health challenges, Broden made a conscious decision to change her diet. That’s when she discovered the benefits of plant-based cooking. Inspired by her own transformation, she wanted to share her culinary expertise and create a space where people could enjoy nutritious and satisfying vegan and vegetarian meals.   One Detroit producer Will Glover visited The Kitchen to talk with Broden about how she kept her business thriving during the pandemic, how Detroit’s business community helps each other find success, and how her un–yielding positivity motivates her to bring healthy food to neighborhoods across the country.  Stay Connected:  Subscribe to One Detroit’s YouTube Channel & Don’t miss One Detroit Mondays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. on Detroit Public TV, WTVS-Channel 56. Catch the daily conversations on our website, Facebook, Twitter @DPTVOneDetroit, and Instagram @One.Detroit View Past Episodes > Watch One Detroit every Monday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m. ET on Detroit Public TV on Detroit Public TV, WTVS-Channel 56.

Inside the minds of Gen Z: What the next generation thinks about the future of work

As the baton of the workforce is passed from one generation to the next, Generation Z emerges as a powerful force, bringing their unique perspectives and aspirations to the table. Born between the mid-1990s and early 2010s, Gen Z is approaching higher education and their future careers with a fresh mindset, seeking practical skills and hands-on experiences that will empower them in an ever-evolving job market.  Gen Z also remains optimistic for a future where their work aligns with their passions, enables positive societal impact and fosters constant learning. Statistics from a Deloitte and Network of Executive Women (NEW) poll show that 77% of Generation Z said they would prefer to work for a company that shared similar values.  RELATED:  While many factors may influence their career decisions, including opportunities elsewhere, a significant question remains: Will Michigan’s Gen Z population continue to call the state home, pursuing their dreams here and contributing to the state’s prosperity?  Three members of Generation Z — Brooke Snow, Samantha Chiang and Kendall Murray — sat down with One Detroit producer and Future of Work host Will Glover to talk about their hopes for the future, the types of jobs they have been exposed to in their K-12 careers, and whether they will stay in Michigan after graduation.  One Detroit and the Michigan Learning Channel hosted a Future of Work Town Hall “Gen Z in the Workforce” at Marygrove Conservancy. | Photo by Jonathan Shead, One Detroit This conversation comes from One Detroit’s Future of Work Town Hall “Gen Z in the Workforce” and continues One Detroit’s cumulative, ongoing conversations involving the future of work and workforce development in Michigan.  Stay Connected:  Subscribe to One Detroit’s YouTube Channel & Don’t miss One Detroit Mondays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. on Detroit Public TV, WTVS-Channel 56. Catch the daily conversations on our website, Facebook, Twitter @DPTVOneDetroit, and Instagram @One.Detroit View Past Episodes > Watch One Detroit every Monday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m. ET on Detroit Public TV on Detroit Public TV, WTVS-Channel 56.

Detroit Public Schools graduates first high school class from The School at Marygrove

A unique educational partnership has produced its first class of high school graduates. In 2019, the closure of Marygrove College gave way to a different approach to education on the same campus with the Detroit Public School’s new School at Marygrove, a social justice, engineering and education-focused school. The School at Marygrove is part of a “cradle to career” program called the P-20 Partnership. It’s a collaboration among several organizations including Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD), the Kresge Foundation, the Marygrove Conservancy, Starfish Family Services and the University of Michigan School of Education. The School at Marygrove held a monumental commencement ceremony for its first graduating high school class, which collectively received over $6 million in post-secondary scholarships and awards. One Detroit contributor Daijah Moss stopped by Music Hall Detroit to capture the celebration. At the commencement, graduates share their experiences at the new school. University of Michigan School of Education Dean Elizabeth Birr Moje talks about the college’s commitment to the next generation of teachers and students. The commencement ceremony featured school principal Lisa Williams and founding teachers, DPSCD Board Members, Michigan Supreme Court Justice Kyra Bolden, and the graduation class’s valedictorian and salutatorian. Stay Connected:  Subscribe to One Detroit’s YouTube Channel & Don’t miss One Detroit Mondays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. on Detroit Public TV, WTVS-Channel 56. Catch the daily conversations on our website, Facebook, Twitter @DPTVOneDetroit, and Instagram @One.Detroit View Past Episodes > Watch One Detroit every Monday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m. ET on Detroit Public TV on Detroit Public TV, WTVS-Channel 56.

2023 Mackinac Policy Conference emphasizes collaborative solutions with ‘The Power of And’

Every year, the state’s top policymakers, C-suite business executives, academics, community and civic leaders head to Mackinac Island for the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac Policy Conference to discuss the challenges and opportunities that Michigan has before it. This year’s conference is set to explore the theme “The Power of And,” emphasizing the importance of collaboration, innovation and inclusive solutions to shape the future of Detroit and the state.   With an array of thought-provoking discussions, interactive sessions and networking opportunities, the 2023 Mackinac Policy Conference is expected to be a platform for meaningful conversations and transformative ideas, much like previous ideas that began at the conference including the bipartisan auto-reform policy, rebounding Detroit from bankruptcy, and more.   One Detroit’s 2023 Mackinac Policy Conference correspondent Zoe Clark, political director for Michigan Radio, sat down with Detroit Regional Chamber CEO Sandy Baruah and Bank of America Michigan President Matt Elliott, this year’s conference chair, for a preview of the annual conference and what attendees can expect. They talk about the conference theme, the future of work, what each are looking forward to, and how the conference’s conversations affect the daily lives of Michiganders.   Detroit Public TV will provide live coverage of the 2023 Mackinac Policy Conference beginning Tuesday, May 30. Stream key conversations from the conference here.  Plus, don’t miss a special one-hour One Detroit episode from the conference airing at 7 p.m. ET Thursday, June 1. Stay Connected:  Subscribe to One Detroit’s YouTube Channel & Don’t miss One Detroit Mondays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. on Detroit Public TV, WTVS-Channel 56. Catch the daily conversations on our website, Facebook, Twitter @DPTVOneDetroit, and Instagram @One.Detroit View Past Episodes > Watch One Detroit every Monday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m. ET on Detroit Public TV on Detroit Public TV, WTVS-Channel 56.

Gen Z in the Workforce | Future of Work Town Hall

As the baton of the workforce is passed from one generation to the next, Gen Z emerges as a powerful force, bringing their unique perspectives and aspirations to the table. Born between the mid-1990s and early 2010s, Gen Z is approaching higher education and their future careers with a fresh mindset, seeking practical skills and hands-on experiences that will empower them in an ever-evolving job market.

Michigan medical device company Wareologie makes major advancements in mobile, at-home caregiving

Wareologie, a Michigan-based medical device company, is making waves in the healthcare industry with its groundbreaking advancements in mobile and at-home caregiving. Led by innovative founder Gina Adams, the company has pioneered a range of innovative products that are transforming the lives of patients and caregivers alike. 

Black Leaders Detroit gears up to support Black entrepreneurs during weeklong Ride for Equity

A nonprofit that supports Black-led businesses is gearing up for its annual weeklong bike ride to  Mackinaw City to raise awareness for its cause. Black Leaders Detroit’s annual Ride for Equity, which kicks off May 21 this year, will raise money for African American entrepreneurs in Detroit and spread awareness about the importance of equitable funding practices. 

May 5th, 2023|One Detroit, Workforce Trends|

Michigan’s returning citizens leverage prison work experiences to create new careers on the outside

For people who have been incarcerated, the road to reintegration into society can be long and challenging, especially when it comes to finding employment. Many employers remain reluctant to hire individuals with criminal records, which can create a significant barrier for those trying to rebuild their lives after serving time. This reluctance can create a vicious cycle, leading to recidivism and further incarceration.  

May 4th, 2023|One Detroit, Workforce Trends|

Technology Impacts on Industry and How to Prepare Future Workers Now | Future of Work Town Hall

A livestream conversation about preparing future workers for the impact of autonomous technology on the workplace Technology has changed almost every product, both the way they are made and function. In the next 10-20 years, the concept of manual labor will be heavily impacted by autonomous technology and robotics themes.

April 26th, 2023|One Detroit, Workforce Trends|

Growing Michigan’s millennial workforce with Let’s Detroit ambassador Marjace Miles

Millennials make up the largest share of the U.S. workforce — the generation is expected to make up 75% of the global workforce by 2025 — and the future of work in Michigan will depend upon keeping young professionals here. So, how can business leaders and key stakeholders convince millennials to plant their roots in Michigan? 

April 6th, 2023|One Detroit, Workforce Trends|

Gen Xers are taking the lead. How will they shape the future of work?

Gen Xers have quietly become the next generation of workforce leaders, rising to C-suite level positions, as they take on new roles and talk about hiring for positions that don’t exist yet. At the same time Gen Xers are juggling the heightened responsibilities at work, they’re navigating more responsibilities at home as they take care of kids and aging parents. 

March 16th, 2023|One Detroit, Workforce Trends|

Building Black Development | American Black Journal and Bridge Detroit Virtual Town Hall

The real estate development industry is dealing with a representation crisis. According to a new study from the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) and Grove Impact, minority developers — Black and Hispanic — make up less than 1% of the entire real estate industry. African Americans make up 0.4% of the industry, while Hispanic developers represent only 0.16% of the industry.  

March 9th, 2023|One Detroit, Workforce Trends|

Millennials on the Move: Making Michigan Home | Future of Work Town Hall

Millennials currently make up the largest share of the U.S. workforce and are expected to make up 75% of the global workforce by 2025. Despite the cohort’s strength in numbers, the workforce isn’t evenly distributed across the nation, however, with many millennials opting to live in warm-weather destinations and large metropolitan cities as opposed to places like Michigan.

Gen X: Picking up the Slack in an Evolving Workforce | Future of Work Town Hall

They’re not the silent generation. Hidden from the spotlight until now, Gen Xers (born between 1965 and 1981) have quietly become the next generation of workforce leaders, rising to C-suite level positions, as they take on new roles and talk about hiring for positions that don’t exist yet.

Bank of America President Matt Elliott discusses Detroit’s recovery, housing affordability, Mackinac Policy Conference 2023

As cities and downtowns continue to navigate post-pandemic recovery, downtown Detroit’s recovery has been night and day, literally. While nightlife activity has nearly fully returned to pre-pandemic levels, weekday activity has been slow to return to downtown Detroit, having an impact on business and the city’s overall economic recovery.

January 30th, 2023|One Detroit, Workforce Trends|

Detroit Economic Club hosts Jeff Donofrio, Rachel Stewart in discussion about Michigan’s economy, trends

Stay Connected:  Subscribe to One Detroit’s YouTube Channel & Don’t miss One Detroit Mondays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. on Detroit Public TV, WTVS-Channel 56. Catch the daily conversations on our website, Facebook, Twitter @DPTVOneDetroit, and Instagram @One.Detroit View Past Episodes > Watch One Detroit every Monday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m. ET on Detroit Public TV on Detroit Public TV, WTVS-Channel 56.

January 25th, 2023|One Detroit, Workforce Trends|

Richard Florida shares the two priorities downtown Detroit needs for its post-pandemic recovery

In the past decade, the pulse of downtown Detroit has gone up and down like a rollercoaster. From a steep drop into bankruptcy a decade ago to swift twists and turns to return the city’s vibrancy, all for those efforts to be met with another huge drop— the COVID-19 pandemic. As Detroiters head into year three of the city’s post-pandemic recovery efforts, what plans are ahead? And what do the experts think?  

January 19th, 2023|One Detroit, Workforce Trends|

What do workers want from a post-pandemic workforce? Strategic Staffing Solutions weighs in

For nearly three years, many employees have been working remotely because of the pandemic. Now, whether employers are choosing to stay fully remote, implement a hybrid model or make a full return to the office, several businesses are starting to make decisions about their post-pandemic workplace environments and requirements. But what do the employees want?  

January 19th, 2023|One Detroit, Workforce Trends|

The High Cost of Baby Boomers | Future of Work Town Hall

Baby boomers are facing a big decision: should they stay in the workforce, and can they afford to leave? Can Michigan afford to lose them? According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the percentage of civilian workers aged 65-74 participating in the U.S. labor force is expected to take a sharp rise in the next decade, meaning more baby boomers are expected to stave off retirement and stay in their positions longer.

2023 Detroit Policy Conference focuses on the City’s resurgence and the future for downtown

Ten years ago, in 2013, Detroit was facing arguably one of its hardest situations yet: bankruptcy. In the last decade, however, the city’s downtown has rebounded and revitalized itself, and in the grand scheme of things, for some city officials and key stakeholders, Detroit’s resurgence is just getting started. 

January 5th, 2023|One Detroit, Workforce Trends|

A Year in Review: The Future of Work in Michigan | Future of Work Town Hall

After more than two years of navigating the COVID-19 pandemic and major economic shifts, Michigan’s workforce landscape has changed drastically. Businesses of all sizes, and their employees, were impacted. Some small businesses shuttered, while others thrived, and the philosophy behind what work is, and what it should be, came into question.

Michigan’s Childcare Challenges Have Displaced Women From the Workforce. Will New Legislation Help Them Return?

All across Michigan, a shortage of childcare availability and rising childcare costs have persisted, leaving some working women with few options other than to stay home and forego a job for parenthood. Nearly 1.1 million women left the workforce from February 2020 to January 2022, and a disproportionate number of women — 23% compared to 13% of men —  considered leaving their careers for motherhood.

September 22nd, 2022|One Detroit, Workforce Trends|

Keeping Commitments? The State of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Efforts in the Workplace

It has been more than two years since George Floyd’s murder sparked huge commitments from businesses and organizations to expand their diversity, equity and inclusion efforts in the workplace. Promises were made, but were they kept? American Black Journal takes a look at whether DEI efforts in the workplace have improved since calls for racial and social justice re-ignited across the nation.

August 4th, 2022|One Detroit, Workforce Trends|

Future of Work Town Hall | School’s Out for Teachers

When it comes to Michigan’s strengths as a state, education isn’t necessarily one of them. According to a U.S. News & World Report ranking, Michigan sits at 38th overall — 42nd in higher education, and 32nd in Pre-K-12 education — compared with the other 49 U.S. states. Teachers in Michigan were presented with more challenges and increased demands in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and school shootings, like the mass shooting at Oxford High School last November and at Uvalde Elementary School in Texas more recently.

Michigan Redesigned: Developing Careers, Investments in the State’s Design Industry

Taking a look around Michigan’s major cities, design is everywhere. The creativity of designers can be seen throughout Michigan in the clothes we wear, the architecture of our cities and the cars we drive, but still, globally Detroit isn’t recognized for having a strong design industry. How can Michigan develop more design jobs across the state, and prepare young designers for future design jobs?

July 21st, 2022|One Detroit, Workforce Trends|

Future of Work Town Hall | Michigan Redesigned

Taking a look around Michigan’s major cities, design is everywhere, though much of the design people see in their daily lives largely goes unnoticed. Whether it’s the clothing people wear, the designs and patterns that adorn walls, the architecture in downtown Detroit and other cities, or the websites they visit, chances are a designer is behind it. So, what really makes up the design industry and what efforts are underway in Michigan to develop and expand it?

Michigan Business Leaders Say Education, Trained Workforce Key to Making Michigan More Competitive

In the national and global race for strong professional talent, how can Michigan get a leg up on the competition? How does the Great Lakes state become a top 10 state where families and young professionals want to live, work, grow and play? Some of Michigan’s top business leaders gathered together to answer these questions about making Michigan more competitive and how exactly the state should do it at the Detroit Regional Chambers 2022 Mackinac Policy Conference.

June 10th, 2022|One Detroit, Workforce Trends|

Future of Work Town Hall | Creating Communities: The Path to Placemaking

From Detroit’s Campus Martius and Riverwalk districts to vibrant developing downtown corridors in Detroit’s suburbs, like Clawson, urban planners, developers and city officials in Southeast Michigan have begun the placemaking process in an attempt to attract and retain workforce talent and provide residents with a greater quality of life, but have the state’s efforts paid off?

Future of Work Town Hall | Steering the Future: Moving the Motor City’s Auto Industry Forward

More than a century ago, Detroit’s entrepreneurial spirit put the Michigan auto industry on the map as the Motor City — the car capital of the world, but how will the state that has led the automotive industry for several decades stay competitive in the everchanging automotive environment of the 21st century? 

Small business workshop covers business recovery, sustainability amid COVID

For the past eight years, The LEE Group‘s President and CEO Mark S. Lee has put a focus on helping small businesses through the challenges of starting and sustaining a new venture. The past few years, however, COVID-19 has caused major disruptions to our economy and to the survival of small businesses. The LEE Group’s Small Business Workshop returns for its eighth year with a focus on business recovery and sustainability.  ere severely impacted and are not showing the profitability that they had.

April 20th, 2022|One Detroit, Workforce Trends|

Michigan’s Teacher Shortage: Can It Be Considered a Crisis Yet?

From remote learning to mask mandates, teacher shortages and more, the COVID-19 pandemic has continued to disrupt education for Michigan’s students and educators. Michigan’s teacher shortage specifically has been a widely debated topic across the state, but can it be characterized as a crisis yet? While some headlines and reports might say yes, other education experts don’t think our state’s education system is there yet.

April 7th, 2022|One Detroit, Workforce Trends|

Grocery Stores Remain Hardest Hit by Employee Shortages | Future of Work

They were some of America’s frontline workers, but then they called it quits. The nation’s labor shortage has impacted several industries, with workers leaving because of low wages, poor conditions or in pursuit of new opportunities, but one of the hardest-hit industries continues to be retail, especially grocery stores that have seen grocery store workers leave in droves.

March 4th, 2022|One Detroit, Workforce Trends|

New York Times Author Alec Ross Discusses Best-Selling Book ‘The RAGING 2020s’

New York Times best-selling author Alec Ross joined the Detroit Economic Club on Feb. 16 for a lively discussion centered around his latest book, “The RAGING 2020s: Companies, Countries and People — and the Fight for Our Future,” with DEC President and CEO Steve Grigorian. Alec Ross currently works as a distinguished visiting professor at l’Universitá di Bologna Business School. 

February 28th, 2022|One Detroit, Workforce Trends|

Have Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Progressed in the Workplace?

One Detroit contributor and American Black Journal host Stephen Henderson checks in with marketing consultant Mark S. Lee, president of The Lee Group, MI LLC, on where diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) are in the workplace. They explore the progress that’s been made in regards to DEI efforts and what’s still lacking nearly two years after the topic re-emerged into the mainstream, after George Floyd’s death.

February 10th, 2022|One Detroit, Workforce Trends|

2/10/22: One Detroit – Critical Race Theory, Michigan Childcare, Workplace DEI, Bill Bonds

When Jonathan Harris first previewed his painting “Critical Race Theory” at his TRIPTYCH: Stronger Together exhibit at the Irwin House Gallery this past November, it sat on a wall just outside the gallery’s main room, but despite its less-than-prominent placement, it sold easily. It was the first step toward a virality that swept over Harris’ painting and sparked a national conversation about critical race theory and the ways social and political issues are taught in America’s classrooms.

February 10th, 2022|One Detroit, Workforce Trends|

Detroit Economic Club Hosts 2022 Economic Outlook Discussion for Michigan

On Thursday, Jan. 13, the Detroit Economic Club hosted the 2022 Michigan Economic Outlook meeting to discuss the state’s trajectory and possible fiscal future. In a conversation moderated by Detroit News’ Senior Editor of Business and columnist Daniel Howes, Elaine Buckberg, Chief Economist of General Motors, and Quentin L. Messer, Jr., CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation share their insights on the analysis of our state’s economic strength and fortitude.

February 1st, 2022|One Detroit, Workforce Trends|

Michigan State University President Discusses Future for Spartan Community

The Detroit Economic Center welcomed Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., President of Michigan State University, on Monday, December 6, at the MotorCity Casino Hotel as the 16th speaker in DEC history. In a fireside chat with WJR Radio’s Paul W. Smith, Dr. Stanley discussed “Leading The Way Forward: MSU Today and Tomorrow” and answered questions from the audience.

December 28th, 2021|One Detroit, Workforce Trends|
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