Native Detroiter Samia Rahman, an operational analyst at DTE Energy, got her start at the utility company in high school after she presented her school's robot to DTE employees. In this segment of Detroit Rising, she discusses how the FIRST robotics program opened up career and educational opportunities.
Joaquin Nuno-Whelan, chief engineer for next-generation SUVs at General Motors, discusses how the FIRST robotics program is creating a pipeline of engineering talent for the Detroit automaker. He was joined on the Detroit Rising podcast by students from Detroit Cristo Rey High School, the school's robotics team coach Ann McGowan and Milton Martinez, a global diagnostics strategist at GM's Milford Proving Grounds.
Chase Cantrell, founder and executive director of Building Community Value, talks with Crain's Senior Reporter Chad Livengood about his organization's "Better Buildings, Better Blocks" seminar that teachers Detroiters how to build, rehabilitate and manage residential and commercial real estate in the city. The course is taught by Dietrich Knoer, president and CEO of The Platform.
Ideal Group President Loren Venegas talks with Crain's Senior Reporter Chad Livengood about how the company his brother founded in 1979 has grown from a steel fabrication business into a multifaceted enterprise that designs and builds bumper post bollards for major retailers, sells obsolete auto factory machine parts around the world and does general construction contracting. In 1995, founder Frank Venegas Jr. began moving his business from Livingston County to a shuttered General Motors...
Real estate developers Jill Ferrari of Shelborne Development and Eric Larson of Larson Realty Group and the Downtown Detroit Partnership discuss the Urban Land Institute bringing its spring meeting to Detroit, May 1-3, in an interview for the Crain's "Detroit Rising" podcast with Senior Reporter Chad Livengood at Sister Pie bakery in Detroit's West Village.
Barton Malow Enterprises Chairman Doug Maibach and two educators — Michael Addonizio of Wayne State University and Randy Liepa of Wayne Regional Educational Service Agencies — discuss the School Finance Research Collaborative's study of funding for public schools in Michigan and how much money is needed to educate children to the state's standards.
Brian Farkas, director of special projects for the Detroit Building Authority, discusses how Detroit's blight-removal program has become more technology focused to give city officials real-time data on demolitions of houses and commercial buildings and provide real estate developers, investors and residents information on building permits, side lot sales and property for sale in the city.
Sister Pie owner Lisa Ludwinski discussed her West Village bakery's growth as well as the redevelopment of the east side Detroit neighborhood alongside real estate developer Clifford Brown of Westborn Partners, which recently opened The Coe, a 12-unit mixed use building at Coe Street and Van Dyke in West Village.