Episode 20: Rural
Learn how to bring investment to a small town. See how others found surprising opportunities in Michigan’s rural areas.
Episode 19: Financial Empowerment
It’s your money – keep it! This episode teaches you what you can do and where you can go to make sure you are in control of the money you earn.
Episode 18: Blight Be Gone
Witness drastic change in places that were abandoned and deteriorating. Get ideas on how to transform vacant spaces.
Episode 17: Small Business
Designed for entrepreneurs, this episode covers starting a business, business incubators, locavesting, lending, patenting, DDA resources and the Microenterprise Network of Michigan.
Episode 16: Food & Farm
Get a sample of fresh food scenes in Michigan that are solving challenges like food access, health and nutrition, and food and farm business success.
Episode 15: MHCDF
If Michigan is going to be a comeback state, we need to create communities we want to live in. See revitalization made possible by the Michigan Housing and Community Development Fund.
Episode 14: Shelter
What happens when a family suddenly needs a new place to live? These stories of struggle and success show the difference emergency shelter and different types of housing are making in Michigan.
Episode 13: 21st Century Libraries
Experience Michigan libraries in a new light: listen to live music, find a job, start a business, learn video production, prepare for the GED and leave the building and go out into the community.
Episode 12: Historic Preservation
Travel Michigan to see some of the most stunning historic buildings in the state at different stages of construction, everything from small homes on Lansing’s Eastside to elaborate architecture in Coldwater.
Episode 11: Small Business & Tech
Visit small Michigan businesses from every part of the state that have adopted online technology into their daily routines. Get good ideas on how to improve or start a business.
Episode 10: A Place to Call Home
Discover historic homes in Detroit rescued from the foreclosure crisis, completely handicap accessible apartments in the UP and brand new townhomes providing a place to live for people who need it the most.
Episode 9: AmeriCorps
See how AmeriCorps members make a difference to communities across Michigan. Interested in becoming a member or having an AmeriCorps member help your organization? Vist americorps.gov.
Episode 8: Sustainable State
Find out about activities happening across Michigan that are putting the state into the smart future. Features include a solar brewery, nonprofit ReStores and the state’s largest wind farm.
Episode 7: Michigan $aves
Find out about ways people are making and saving money, and opportunities to get financial education in Michigan like through VITA sites, Show Me The Money Day, and free tax preparation.
Episode 6: Good State of Health
Check out different healthy places in the state and meet people redefining what is means to be healthy in Michigan.
Episode 5: Land Banks Renewing Michigan
Find out what a land bank is and the many ways they can take abandoned or foreclosed property and turn it into something positive.
Episode 4: Michigan Places
This episode features cool places and downtowns in Michigan and makes sense of the term “placemaking.”
Episode 3: Michigan on the Move
Take different kinds of transportation around the mitten, including Metro Detroit’s bus system, fall color bicycle paths in Northern Michigan, a light rail visualization and more.
Episode 2: Michigan Arts & Culture
Explore arts around Michigan, including sculptures in Hastings, theater in Detroit, live-work spaces in Grand Rapids, and festivals in Lansing.
Episode 1: Michigan Fresh
How fresh can your food get? See how people are changing the way we think about food in Michigan. This episode explores gardening, local food and cooking.
Episode 0: This is Michigan
The one hour Bright Side pilot episode only available online. Dog sled racing in Calumet, Detroit’s Woodbridge neighborhood, historical museums in Lansing and more.