Economy


Mark Fentress of CWO Farms in Detroit is excited to extend his growing season and his impact on the community.
The Detroit Urban Farmer Who Started Small and Scaled Up

Mark Fentress purchased a small plot of land, and then another. Now he grows and sells organic produce in the heart of Detroit.

Michigan's Republican-leg Legislature has agreed to unemployment benefits and liability protections for businesses during the pandemic.
Here’s What What Michigan’s Latest Unemployment Legislation Means for You

Lawmakers are including provisions for everyday workers and small business owners as the coronavirus pandemic continues to attack Michiganders’ physical and financial health.

TC Collins, founder of Willow Run Acres, shares his knowledge and love of cultivation with children of all ages.
A Michigan Farmer is Paying Homage to His Past by Rooting the Future

"TC" Collins first learned about farming as a toddler. Life has brought him full-circle to share knowledge with future generations.

Sunlight Gardens is one of the Michigan-made and Black-owned produce farms helping to feed the local community. President & CEO, Devon Wilson, prides himself on providing education and opportunity for the Battle Creek community.
Why This Michigander Bought A Farm To Feed His Community

Devon Wilson learned about farming, produce, and nutrition from a local nonprofit organization. Then, he started his own to help even more people.

FILE - In a June 17, 2020, file photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Michigan's Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich. Whitmer has extended Michigan's coronavirus emergency through Sept. 4, enabling her to keep in place restrictions designed to curb COVID-19. The Democratic governor on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, pointed to an uptick in cases. Since nearly two months ago, the seven-day statewide average is up six-fold, to about 700. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP, File)
Michigan’s 2021 Budget Is In. These Are the 10 Things You Need to Know.

More of Michigan’s professionals will get hazard pay this year. Plus, job training, a free tuition program, and widespread mental health services for residents.

Immigrants provide an important economic engine in the United States, which bipartisan economy experts have repeatedly shown. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has made boosting immigration a cornerstone of his platform, in contrast to President Trump (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images).
Biden Plans to Increase Immigration Again. This Could Be the Economic Boost the US Needs.

The Trump administration has slashed immigration. Bipartisan experts—and Biden—say boosting immigration will stimulate the economy at a time when the United States needs it most.