A picture is worth a thousand words – in this case ten thousand!

Several months ago, a bright young student from the University of Michigan requested time to shoot a video for his student project.  One never knows how the acceptance of these requests will turn out – BUT – this link will direct you to YouTube where you can be the judge: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdElxb5aI8k Max Berry eloquently tells his [...]

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Impact Investing and Erb Family Foundation

Several weeks ago, the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation awarded RecoveryPark a $1,000,000 grant. This award is testament to the vision and drive of our collaboration and Erb Family Foundation’s insight in how best to promote an important project that will change the landscape of the City of Detroit in very positive [...]

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LTU Students win prize for design work on RecoveryPark!

The NCEES Engineering Award was established to promote understanding of the value of licensure and to encourage collaboration between the engineering profession and education. The 2011 NCEES Engineering Award jury met in Clemson, South Carolina, on June 7, 2011, to conduct a blind judging of the 26 entries. Each submission consisted of a display board, [...]

One Night In a Tent on a Farm!

Last night I was privileged to attend the Hoophouse Gala at Michigan State University.  In its third year, the event is staged to benefit Michigan’s future organic farmers by raising money for scholarships.  The tent was packed, the food was wonderful and the company was exceptional – but, I didn’t expect any less from this [...]

Community Engagement

Community engagement is hard work and requires a real level of openness and transparency.  It also begs for patience and an open mind for all of the ideas that are brought to the table.  Not everyone’s needs will be met – so, the process involves honest discussions about realities and what can be accomplished with [...]

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2011 is here and I am late!

I have been absent far too long from Gary’s Blog – so much has been happening and it is all happening very fast! Most recently we staged an open-house for our partner community at St. Elizabeth’s Community Center on January 19th. It was well attended and our message of partnership is settling in.  For the [...]

Shout Out to the Community

It’s the holiday week-end and I want to be brief – so I  have two important items for you today. The first is an invitation to visit the newly constructed urban farm at the Brenda Scott Middle School on Detroit’s east side. Principal Philip Van Hooks has been spearheading this venture to engage students and [...]

Community Engagement

The last two days have been very rewarding.  We have extended out outreach into the community and are reaping great rewards.  I believe that the more we engage the community in active participation, the brighter the future for the RecoveryPark project and its ultimate success. Last night I was given the opportunity to do a short [...]

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