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Ferndale - Metro Detroit's Urban Incubator

Locally owned small businesses? Check. An emphasis on walkability? Check. Once a working-class auto industry town, Ferndale is emerging as Metro Detroit's go-to community for new urbanist success. Metromode's Jon Zemke looks into why.

Happy Birthday, BFC and EDC!

After 30 years in business, Oakland County's Business Finance Corporation and Economic Development Corporation have amassed some pretty good numbers: total investment of more than $1.2 billion and more than 26,000 jobs created or retained.

2011 Economic Luncheon promises long-term growth ahead for Oakland County

Oakland County is predicted to add almost 29,000 jobs in the next three years, giving it the best years of job growth since 2000, according to University of Michigan economists. Dr. George Fulton and Donald Grimes of the UM Institute for Research on Labor, Employment, and the Economy, told more than 600 people at the county's Economic Outlook Luncheon the county's economy is on an upward swing and sustained growth trajectory.

Featured Video: Birmingham Community House

The Birmingham Community House offers nearly 800 classes, programs and social services under one very historied roof. Art, dance, social organizations and continued learning classes keep this model of community access humming with activity. 

What is makeLAB?

If you don't know much about architecture or design, it's a little hard to explain. And if you don't know anything about the history of architecture, it's not possible to understand just how groundbreaking Lawrence Tech's new working digital fabrication lab is.So that's a good place to start.

Featured Video: Paper Street Motors

Government-funded business incubators can't be all things to all people. Sometimes you have to roll up your sleeves and fill the niche no one wants to scratch. Meet Andy Didorosi, who wants to turn Ferndale's Paper Street Motors building into a creative hive for small businesses.

State of the County 2011: Patterson announces 8 new initiatives

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced eight new initiatives Tuesday night at his 2011 State of the County address. He also highlighted the successes of well-established programs such as Automation Alley, Emerging Sectors, and Medical Main Street before an audience at the Marriott at Centerpoint in Pontiac. "We still have the ability to launch new programs that are basically cost neutral to you, or better yet, they actually have the potential of generating badly needed revenue without raising taxes," said Patterson.

Medical Main Street is just what the doctor ordered for Oakland County growth

When Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson called for the creation of Medical Main Street, a concerted effort to bring life science and medical technology companies to Oakland County and Southeastern Michigan in 2008, four companies pledged what then seemed like a hefty fund: $5.2 million.

The Home Court Advantage

Why go to the hockey rink when you can bring the hockey rink to you? Game Courts of Michigan not only creates courts and rinks for schools, parks and gyms but also for residential backyards. And business is growing!

Aging advisor Lynn Alexander sees the tsunami ahead

After working for the State of Michigan and Oakland County’s programs on aging in one way or another for 15 years, Lynn Alexander is an expert on how to age well and the processes to make it easier. Her consulting firm, Your Aging Well Advisor, is keeping her busy in spreading the message regarding how to stay independent as an older person. She is also focusing her efforts on a new topic. Alexander just released a new book called Caregiver Tsunami. It's released by Publish America, who says the novel "navigates the rough seas of caregiving with sensitivity and practical intelligence mixed in with a bit of magic and humor." After a talk with Alexander, it is easy to see how sensitive and intelligent she truly is. Her book can be purchased at Barnes and Noble.

Maury Okun holds the strings to Detroit's classical music scene

All Maury Okun really wanted to do was make great music -- the great business model was sort of a fortunate byproduct. "It wasn't because we wanted to create an interesting model, we wanted to create interesting art," says Okun. "It enables us to do more of what we wanted to do." The interesting model is the remarkable collaboration among three Oakland County arts organizations: Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble and the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival. The organizations maintain separate identities and boards of directors, but they share office space, administrative staff and technology.

From Metromode: Bewitched by Bats

With warm weather comes bugs, and with bugs come bats. Maligned and misunderstood, these furry flying creatures have found friends and supporters at the Organization for Bat Conservation, the only program of its kind in the country. Open your mind and enter Cranbrook's Bat Zone...

What To Do During the Holiday: A Prosper Roundup of Events

Here's a list of events across Oakland County to attend during the holiday break. Everything from hanging out at the zoo to model train sets to the comedy castle. So brave the cold and get out and enjoy what Oakland County has to offer.
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