Author: Alisha Dixon

Michigan ranks No. 1 in discretionary income, Detroit No. 5

Trove Technologies, Inc. has released the first annual Trove Discretionary Income Study showing that the state of Michigan ranks #1 among all states for discretionary income, while the city of Detroit ranks #5 among major cities nationwide. Michigan also places five small cities among the top 10 nationally. The Trove Discretionary Income Study is the first of its kind to incorporate data that reflect regional differences in salaries, cost of living, and taxes to most accurately reveal the take home pay of American workers across 778 occupations. While there are many “cost-of-living” calculators that highlight general income differences across cities, there are no others that take into account the effect of taxes on the cost of living or identify the significant differences by occupation.

DDOT bus drivers share in more than $250K in bonuses

The City of Detroit’s 500 bus drivers are sharing more than $250,000 in bonuses distributed on their payday, according to DDOT Director Dan Dirks. The across-the-board bonuses are a result of a fare box incentive program the Department of Transportation launched in 2016.

Rolling Out launches its first Innovation Digital Entertainment Conference: RIDE

Atlanta Event to Assemble Best and Brightest to Share Skills for Success

Rolling Out, the premier multimedia company targeting the multicultural trendsetter, will host its first-ever technology and entertainment conference in Atlanta on September 22-23. RIDE (Rolling Out Innovation Digital Entertainment) will feature a lineup of diverse thought-leaders in the areas of business, technology, entertainment, content marketing, media and community to discuss the keys to success in those fields. The conference will be held at the Loudermilk Conference Center, 40 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta, GA.

Open Streets Detroit announces car-free zones for annual event

Open Streets Detroit, in collaboration with the Downtown Detroit Partnership (DDP), today, announced the complete list of programming partners for the city’s second annual Open Streets Detroit event. Nearly 110 partners have been selected to provide free and fun family-friendly activities focused on health, wellness, arts and culture. From dance to bubble soccer, and street hockey to arts workshops, there will be something for everyone in the family to enjoy along the route.

Detroit Pistons announce tickets on-sale date for single games and 10-game mini-plan

The Detroit Pistons announced today that single game tickets and 10-game mini-plans for the inaugural season, crafted by Flagstar Bank, at Little Caesars Arena will go on sale to the general public on Saturday, September 16 at 10 a.m. at Little Caesars Arena and The Palace Ticket store. Fans can also purchase tickets by calling (248) 377-0100, online at http://www.pistons.com or at http://www.ticketmaster.com.

DWSD improves convenience for customers with new mobile-friendly web portal

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department has launched its new customer care web portal. With improved functionality and a mobile-friendly platform, Detroiters can more easily pay their water bill online and see their real-time usage at detroitmi.gov/paymywaterbill.

City Year Detroit kicks off new school year with celebration, Quicken Loans announcement

Quicken Loans, the the number of corps members and resources in classrooms throughout Detroit, particularly those in the city’s Cody “Quicken Loans is heavily focused on enriching the learning experience for Detroit Public Schools students by providing resources as well as program creation and execution,” said Chris Uhl, vice president of strategic investments, Quicken Loans Community Investment Fund. “The City Year team is very inspirational, and we’re excited to partner with an organization that shares our passion in helping these students reach their maximum potential.”

Detroit Manufacturing Stystems hosts job fair, hiriing 200 New Employees

Detroit Manufacturing Systems will host a job fair at 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16, to hire 200 people as assembly workers, forklift drivers and electricians as early as Oct. 1.

Teen killed in police pursuit of ATV

Police and members of the public are voicing significant concern regarding types of crime that warrant aggressive use of force and vehicular pursuit by police following last week’s tragic death of 15-year-old Demond Grimes on Detroit’s eastside. Grimes who was enjoying the last few days of summer riding an all terrain vehicle  on Detroit streets was ordered to pull over and stop the vehicle by a Michigan state trooper on patrol in the 9th precinct. Operating an ATV  on Detroit city streets is not permitted by law, and could result in a misdemeanor violation and traffic fine. But when the spirited teen failed to comply, the state trooper caught up with the errant youth near the intersection of Rossini and Gratiot, and tasered the teen, causing him to crash head on into a pick-up truck. Grimes died later a short time later at  St. Johns Hospital after efforts to revive and rescusitate the youth failed.

Midtown Detroit Inc. and partners announce $20 million Selden Corridor initiative

Midtown Detroit, Inc. and its partners announced a $20 million investment for the Selden Corridor Initiative, a mixed-use redevelopment that will create new housing, job opportunities and training, and new businesses in Midtown Detroit. Located on Selden Street between Second Avenue and Fourth Street, the Selden Corridor Initiative will include a new public courtyard, flexible work and classroom space, a Barcade, a brewery training program, a new restaurant, Ecohomes and mixed-income rental housing. All projects are expected to be completed by late fall 2018.