Chrysler and General Motors file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Automotive suppliers Visteon and Metaldyne announce they're doing the same. Sales in most business categories across Michigan plummet, while unemployment figures continue to rise. Hard to believe, but all is not lost in the Great Lake State, no matter what much of the mainstream media would have you believe. A splendid new online destination is out to prove just that.
"An upbeat approach to local news" is the credo at Michigan Positive, filled with encouraging developments in our region. Publisher James Melton -- who, I should note in the spirit of full disclosure, is a member of my social network, Michigan Creatives -- publishes the site through his company Melton Media, which he founded in 2009. Contributor Sarah Snow is Melton's wife, a former Detroit City Council candidate, and native Chicagoan, also proud to call the area home. A Wayne State grad, Melton has serious journalism chops, having worked at both Crain's Detroit Business and WWJ Newsradio 950. Given their backgrounds, and obvious passion for our state, I've selected Michigan Positive as my "Arresting Site of the Month" for June.
Peruse the frequently updated Latest News section, which holds enlightening pieces like the recent one centered on Michigan's rise within the life sciences industry, and check out the site's Featured Stories section, each of which give you a vivid snapshot of our state at its finest. I recommend you join the Michigan Positive Community, as did I, where you can connect with others who also love our peninsulas. As it states on the Michigan Positive home page: "Explore. Participate. Enjoy." Well said.