reWorking Michigan

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 reWorking Michigan examines our evolving economy, as citizens of the Great Lake State explore new ways to make a living and build a future for their families. A project of WKAR NewsRoom, WKAR-TV and WKAR Online.

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lake State
5:35 pm
Sun March 18, 2012

reWorking Michigan: Task Force Sets Out to Revitalize Former GM Properties

Starting in 2005, General Motors closed several of its mid-Michigan factories, including Lansing Car Assembly and the Craft Centre.  The economic blow was devastating to thousands of families who had given generations of service to America’s auto industry.  Now, a new task force is working to bring families, businesses and neighborhoods together to plant new seeds in those vacant brownfields.

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lake State
12:00 am
Mon March 12, 2012

reWorking Michigan: Careers In Pharmacology

To understand pharmacology, you first need to understand what it isn’t.

Being a pharmacologist doesn’t mean you work in a pharmacy.

Stephanie Watts is a professor in MSU’s Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology. She says skilled pharmacists are important, but their work follows that done by pharmacologists.

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lake State
10:30 pm
Sun March 4, 2012

reWorking Michigan: The Expanding Business of Yoga

More people in Michigan are using yoga to keep their bodies toned and their stress level in check. For others, it's a growing business opportunity. reWorking Michigan looks at the growth potential of yoga studios. 

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lake State
12:01 am
Mon February 27, 2012

reWorking Michigan: Unemployed Veterans Need Help Transitioning to Civilian Careers

Michigan Army National Guard Captain Amanda Falor is working on a master's degree in management. She says civilian employers sometimes find it difficult to understand her experiences in the military.
Kevin Lavery WKAR

The military is a unique sub-culture of American life: it speaks in acronyms, it has its own justice system, and it places great responsibility on its members.  Yet despite their high level of training, thousands of veterans who leave the military struggle to find a job.  A new initiative in mid-Michigan is designed to bring warriors to the workplace. 

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Mon February 20, 2012

reWorking Michigan: Better Quality Helping The Whitefishing Industry

Legends of the Lakes frozen whitefish products can be found in local grocery stores like Goodrich's Shop Rite.
Scott Pohl WKAR

The challenges facing companies catching and selling whitefish from Michigan waters have been many and varied over the years. A new cooperative of Great Lakes fishermen aims to improve quality. They hope the result is higher prices and bigger profits.

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lake State
10:30 pm
Sun February 12, 2012

reWorking Michigan: Green Infrastructure Can Drive Economic Growth

Can parks, natural areas and waterways affect employment growth and income?  Yes, according to a new study by the Land Policy Institute and the Michigan Natural Features Inventory at Michigan State University.

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lake State
5:00 am
Mon February 6, 2012

reWorking Michigan: Immigrants Face Re-Certification Challenges

Chandra Ghalley
Kevin Lavery WKAR

 ReWorking Michigan examines our evolving economy, as the people of the Great Lakes State explore new ways to make a living and build a future. 

 Today, our reWorking Michigan Monday report looks at the challenges facing immigrants with backgrounds in professional fields.  Thousands of health care providers, engineers and financial specialists who’ve earned their credentials in their home countries often start at or near the bottom as they work to become re-certified in the United States.  Experts say that can be an impediment for employers searching for prospective hires.

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lake State
12:00 am
Mon January 30, 2012

reWorking Michigan: Fab Lab helps Michigan inventors

FLINT, MI (WKAR) - reWorking Michigan examines our evolving economy, as the people of the Great Lake State explore new ways to make a living and build a future.

For our Monday reWorking Michigan report this week, WKAR's Scott Pohl visited a laboratory where inventors can get help making a prototype of the product they want to take to market.

The Fab Lab is at Mott Community College in Flint.

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lakes State
8:23 am
Mon January 23, 2012

reWorking Michigan: Chinese students embrace spirit of entrepreneurship

Heart Beats, a billiards and karaoke lounge in East Lansing opened by Chinese students.
Photo: WKAR

East Lansing, MI – ReWorking Michigan examines our evolving economy, as the people of the Great Lakes State explore new ways to make a living and build a future.

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lakes State
9:31 am
Mon January 16, 2012

reWorking Michigan: F-RIB planning continues despite budget concerns

East Lansing, MI – ReWorking Michigan examines our evolving economy, as the people of the Great Lakes State explore new ways to make a living and build a future. Today, our reWorking Michigan Monday report looks at the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, or "F-RIB" on the Michigan State University campus.

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lake State
10:52 am
Tue January 10, 2012

reWorking Michigan: Job Opportunities in Politics

Todd Cook of Main Street Strategies.
Scott Pohl WKAR

reWorking Michigan examines our evolving economy, as citizens of the Great Lake State explore new ways to make a living and build a future for their families.

2012 is a presidential election year, and campaigns are gearing up across the state. For people who are looking to change careers, or those who've lost their jobs and are hoping to resume getting a steady paycheck, politics could be an option this year. To find out what political employers are looking for, WKAR's Scott Pohl spoke with a couple of consultants about hiring trends in politics.

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lakes State
12:45 pm
Mon January 2, 2012

reWorking Michigan: Hoop Houses Allow Farmers to Extend Growing Season

Rebecca Titus in one of the hoop houses on her farm in Leslie. Photo: Gretchen Millich/WKAR

EAST LANSING, MI – ReWorking Michigan examines our evolving economy, as the people of the Great Lake State explore new ways to make a living and build a future.

Winter farmers markets are expanding across the country and in Michigan. On our reWorking Michigan Monday report, WKAR's Gretchen Millich shows us how hoop houses allow farmers to grow and sell fresh vegetables through the winter.

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lakes State
11:32 pm
Mon December 26, 2011

reWorking Michigan: State offers reimbursements to exporting companies

Lansing, MI – ReWorking Michigan examines our evolving economy, as the people of the Great Lake State explore new ways to make a living and build a future.

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lakes State
4:09 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

reWorking Michigan: Lansing Diner Answers Demand for Local Food

LANSING, MI –

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lake State
12:00 am
Mon December 12, 2011

reWorking Michigan: Lansing Diner Answers Demand for Local Food

Customers can see all the local vendors who sell to the restaurant.
Kenita Nichols WKAR

reWorking Michigan visits a new restaurant on Lansing's west side that's attracting customers with locally-sourced food. It's a trend that's catching on across Michigan.

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lakes State
9:11 am
Mon December 5, 2011

reWorking Michigan: Job market looks promising for new college grads

WKAR File Photo

East Lansing, MI –

ReWorking Michigan examines our evolving economy, as the people of the Great Lakes State explore new ways to make a living and build a future.

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lakes State
7:57 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

reWorking Michigan: The snow removal business

Tyler Royston started his snow plowing business at the age of 16. Photo: Scott Pohl/WKAR

DIMONDALE, MI –

ReWorking Michigan examines our evolving economy, as the people of the Great Lakes State explore new ways to make a living and build a future.

Our reWorking Michigan Monday report looks at the snow removal business.

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lakes State
8:19 am
Mon November 28, 2011

reWorking Michigan: Becoming a snowplow entrepreneur

ReWorking Michigan examines our evolving economy, as the people of the Great Lakes State explore new ways to make a living and build a future.

Our reWorking Michigan Monday report looks at the snow removal business.

For someone who's unemployed and has a truck, snowplowing might seem to be an idea worth exploring.

At Harrington's Lawn and Power Equipment in Dimondale, the parking lot sports a row of plows for sale.

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lake State
1:05 am
Mon November 21, 2011

reWorking Michigan: Shopping Local

Kean's Store in Mason, Michigan.
Gretchen Millich WKAR

 

reWorking Michigan examines our evolving economy, as the people of the Great Lake State explore new ways to make a living and build a future.

Our reWorking Michigan Monday report looks at the competition for shoppers this Christmas season and how shopping at locally owned stores helps the local economy.

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lakes State
8:25 am
Mon November 14, 2011

reWorking Michigan: Art Share benefits artists, small town venues

Lansing, MI –

reWorking Michigan examines our evolving economy, as the people of the Great Lake State explore new ways to make a living and build a future.

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lake State
1:33 am
Sat November 5, 2011

reWorking Michigan: Do-It-Yourself Book Publishing Evolves

Writers can publish their own books using the Espresso Book Machine at the MSU Library.
Kenita Nichols WKAR

This week, reWorking Michigan looks at printing and self-publishing. With the help of high-speed printers like the Espresso Book Machine,  printing a book has become fast, easy, and inexpensive.

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lakes State
10:09 pm
Mon October 31, 2011

reWorking Michigan: Aerotropolis plan needs state approval to fly

Carving a trench to carry water lines to future buildings. Photo: Kevin Lavery/WKAR

Lansing, MI –

ReWorking Michigan examines our evolving economy, as citizens of the Great Lake State explore new ways to make a living and build a future for their families.

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lakes State
7:21 am
Mon October 24, 2011

reWorking Michigan: Pop Up stores cashing in on Halloween sales

This Spirit Halloween store has been popping up seasonally at Eastwood Towne Center for six years. Photo: Kenita Nichols/WKAR.

LANSING, MI –

ReWorking Michigan examines our evolving economy, as citizens of the Great Lakes State explore new ways to make a living and build a future for their families.

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lake State
7:43 am
Fri October 21, 2011

reWorking Michigan: Armory becoming home for non-profits

Inside the renovated Marshall Street Armory, the gymnasium floor is preserved beneath new office space.
Kenita Nichols WKAR

reWorking Michigan examines our evolving economy, as citizens of the Great Lake State explore new ways to make a living and build a future for their families.

This week from reWorking Michigan, our Monday report looks at the project to repurpose the Marshall Street Armory in Lansing into office space for local non-profits. It's nearing completion.

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lakes State
8:08 am
Mon October 3, 2011

reWorking Michigan: Domestic partner benefits in jeopardy

Nancy English receives health insurance through Lansing Community College, where her partner is a full-time professor. Photo: Gretchen Millich/WKAR

LANSING, MI –

The state, counties, cities, universities and schools would no longer be able to offer domestic partner benefits under Republican-backed bills moving through the state legislature.

 

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lakes State
12:18 am
Mon September 26, 2011

reWorking Michigan: Supply Chain Management at MSU tops national ranking

Justin Jagger teaches a lab session in the MSU Department of Supply Chain Management. Photo: Scott Pohl/WKAR

EAST LANSING, MI –

U.S. News and World Report recently named Michigan State University's Department of Supply Chain Management the top school of its kind in the country. Always highly ranked, MSU moved past MIT to the top spot for the first time.| SKIP down to article

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Economic Evolution in the Great
9:09 am
Mon September 19, 2011

reWorking Michigan: Developers wary of new state brownfield grant process

The former East Lansing Public Works facility. Photo: Kevin Lavery/WKAR

East Lansing, MI –

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lakes State
8:02 am
Mon August 29, 2011

reWorking Michigan: Non-profits train novice computer users

Eaglevision Ministries is one of several groups offering computer training to people with little or no computer experience. Photo: Rob South/WKAR

Lansing, MI – Getting a job in today's market can be challenging for anyone. But imagine trying to get a job when you don't know how to use a computer. Imagine trying to do anything without knowledge of computers. As part of our reWorking Michigan series, WKAR's Emanuele Berry explores how some local programs are offering relief to the digitally distressed.

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lakes State
8:30 am
Mon August 22, 2011

reWorking Michigan: New cab company offers unique way to go

Photo: Justin Vlahos, WKAR

East Lansing, MI –

A new cab company in East Lansing hopes to make local transportation fun and eco-friendly. A trip to Thailand inspired its creation. | SKIP down to article

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lakes State
7:37 am
Mon August 15, 2011

reWorking Michigan: MSU gives HS teachers advanced physics training

Jason Vlahos, WKAR

East Lansing, MI –

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