X Games Detroit http://michiganradio.org en ASSEMBLE aims to bring the Mackinac Policy Conference to everyone http://michiganradio.org/post/assemble-aims-bring-mackinac-policy-conference-everyone <p></p><p>Imagine the streets of Detroit running rampant with car races, motocross competitions, skateboarding, and other insanity.&nbsp;</p><p>That's what the organizers of ASSEMBLE pictured when they created this video to convince ESPN to choose Detroit as the new home for its summer X Games.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/BAkfVh83aXI" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Despite the epic video, ESPN chose Austin for the games. But the energy and the spirit of the campaign lives on in ASSEMBLE, a group that aims to use community engagement to rebuild Detroit.</p><p>One of the recent efforts of ASSEMBLE is offering a way for new voices to become a part of important policy conversations in Michigan – t<span style="line-height: 1.5;">he kinds of conversations that happen at the upcoming </span>Mackinac<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Policy Conference put on by the Detroit Regional Chamber. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For those of you who can't afford the $2,700 ticket,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1488985851314222/">ASSEMBLE@Mackinac(ish)</a> could be for you.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Garret Koehler and Kevin Krease, the co-creators of ASSEMBLE, and they joined us to share what exactly ASSEMBLE@Mackinac(ish) hopes to accomplish.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>*Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></span></p><p><i>– Paige Pfleger, Michigan Radio Newsroom</i></p><p> Tue, 27 May 2014 20:45:45 +0000 Stateside Staff & Michigan Radio Newsroom 17765 at http://michiganradio.org ASSEMBLE aims to bring the Mackinac Policy Conference to everyone Austin bests Detroit in bid for X Games, but Detroit organizers vow they're 'Not done yet' http://michiganradio.org/post/austin-bests-detroit-bid-x-games-detroit-organizers-vow-theyre-not-done-yet <p>Detroit won’t be hosting the X Games after all.</p><p>Organizer <a href="http://xgames.espn.go.com/article/9484217/x-games-announces-new-host-city-austin-texas-2014">ESPN has decided</a> to take the annual action sports festival to Austin, Texas for a four-year stretch starting next year.</p><p>That’s despite a <a href="https://www.facebook.com/XGamesDetroit?hc_location=timeline">spirited, grassroots bid by Detroit bid organizers</a>—the #XG2D (translation: X Games to Detroit) movement—to bring the games to the Motor City. Here's a promotional video the group made:</p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 16:54:21 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 13577 at http://michiganradio.org Austin bests Detroit in bid for X Games, but Detroit organizers vow they're 'Not done yet'