Street Beat: Detroit's Comeback
This week on Street Beat, host Amyre Makupson talks to organizations involved in rebuilding and reenergizing Detroit. First, Sammie Lukaskiewicz, Deputy Director, Marketing and Strategy for Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development, discusses new job training programs. Then, Mike Rafferty, vice president of small-business development for Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC) and Mikiah Westbrook, owner of Brix, a small business that was funded by the Motor City Match program, explain how the Motor City Match program works. Next, Anika Goss-Foster, Executive Director of Detroit Future City, talks about the impact they’re having on Detroit. Finally, Michael O’Callaghan, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Detroit Metro Conventions and Visitor Bureau, discusses the increase in tourism to the city.
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Street Beat: Animal CareThis week on Street Beat, host Karen Carter looks at what local organizations are doing to help care for and treat wild and domestic animals around Michigan. First, Scott Carter, Chief Life Sciences Officer for the Detroit Zoological Society and Julie Geisinger, their Fundraising Events Manager, explain the zoo’s conservation efforts. Then, Diane Miller, The Chief Program Officer for the Detroit Zoological Society, explains how The Berman Academy for Humane Education helps people help animals through different programs and activities. Next, Carter learns about The Sanctuary and Safe Haven for Animals Farm from Board Chairman Bob Harvie and Marilyn Groves Royle, the Treasurer of the Board of Directors of SASHA and long-time volunteer. Finally, Anna Chrisman, The Public Relations Coordinator for the Michigan Humane Society, talks about animal adoption and pet rescue.
Street Beat: Employment OpportunitiesThis week on Street Beat, host Rob Stone looks at employment opportunities in Metro Detroit. Roseville Police Chief James Berlin talks about what the city of Roseville is doing to recruit new officers. Then, Felicia Hunter, Executive Vice President of Employment & Training for Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit shares what Goodwill is doing to train and employ local residents. Also, Career Service Coordinator for Macomb Community College, Mark Jewett talks about some upcoming job fairs and job opportunities.
#MeridianWinterBlast with the CW50 Street TeamCampus Martius Park was filled with people as everyone celebrated the annual Meridian Winter Blast. This Detroit staple has been going strong for 12 years now and people of all ages enjoyed the many activities that the event had to offer. From the 30-foot winter slide, to the ice skating performances, smiles were on the faces of many. Not only were there plenty of activities, there were also amazing local cuisine. The restaurants surrounding the area were packed and people lined up to get food from the food trucks. With all the fun things to do, people were just happy to spend the day with their family enjoying the sights and sounds of the city. The CW50 Street Team enjoyed the Meridian Winter Blast and all the activities it had to offer!
The 16th Annual "Shiver on the River"It may be cold outside but that did not stop the CW50 Street Team from attending the 16th annual Shiver on the River. This Ecology Family Fair had activities, exhibits and displays all over Belle Isle. The main event was held at the historic Belle Isle Casino but other exhibits were also shown at the Belle Isle Aquarium, the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, the Belle Isle Nature Zoo, the Dossin Museum, the Detroit Yacht Club, the Detroit Boat Club, and the U.S. Coast Guard Station. One activity that the Street Team very much loved watching was the Improve Project group. The Improve Project group entertained families with their hilarious improve show and even invited the audience to be a part of the show. Belle Isle Aquarium had marshmallow roasting and featured an arts and craft project that children of all ages could enjoy. With an assortment of color paper, markers, and googly eyes children created their own fish to take home. “We’re making fish and these are fish that kids love. They can make them from any age from very young to 4th grade. We had one kid who was eleven and thought it was a blast to do," said Mike Dayn.
Thousands of people came dressed and ready for the annual Comic-Con at Macomb County CollegeThousands of people came dressed and ready for the annual Comic-Con at Macomb County College. The weekend event brought in people from all over the United States. Booths were set-up with vendors who were given the opportunity to sell merchandise. Kids were encouraged to enter in the costume contest which took place in the early afternoon. Adults could also enter into their own contest and the winners received various prizes like signed memorabilia and comic book posters. People spent hours designing and creating their costumes. Along with the creative costume designs, elaborate makeup was certainly showcased on the event attendees. The CW50 Street Team had a great time talking to many of the comic-con participants. We can't wait to be back next year!
Street Beat: Immigration Issues In Metro DetroitThis week on Street Beat, host Lisa Germani looks at immigration issues I the Metro Detroit area. First, Mihaela Mitrofan, Director of Refugee Resettlement SE Michigan for Samaritas, talks about the issues facing refugees moving into the Detroit area. Then Ypsilanti Mayor Amanda Edmonds discusses sanctuary cities and the recent “don’t ask” legislation passed by the Ypsilanti city council. Next, Darren Miller, Staff Attorney for the Michigan Immigration Rights Center, discusses legal issues facing immigrants. Finally, Steve Tobocman, founder of Global Detroit, explains the economic impact immigrants have on the community.

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Street Beat: Detroit's ComebackThis week on Street Beat, host Amyre Makupson talks to organizations involved in rebuilding and reenergizing Detroit. First, Sammie Lukaskiewicz, Deputy Director, Marketing and Strategy for Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development, discusses new job training programs. Then, Mike Rafferty, vice president of small-business development for Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC) and Mikiah Westbrook, owner of Brix, a small business that was funded by the Motor City Match program, explain how the Motor City Match program works. Next, Anika Goss-Foster, Executive Director of Detroit Future City, talks about the impact they’re having on Detroit. Finally, Michael O’Callaghan, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Detroit Metro Conventions and Visitor Bureau, discusses the increase in tourism to the city.
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