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Jenna Petersen and Autumn Modena are helping resettled refugees with tea. They have a lot of work to do and they're enjoying every cup.
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This week's UIX Grand Rapids innovators, Marcel Thibert and Jordan Verburg, are the creative minds behind Vizidef Display Technology. You may have seen their work on a walk through Grand Rapids, on your college or high school campus, at work, or even while grabbing a soda, but you likely wouldn't know it. 
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This week's innovators, Lance Kraai and Shanna Greer, help manage New City Urban Farm in the Creston Neighborhood, where youths are trained to reap a bountiful harvest. Story by Marla R. Miller:
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Renaissance woman Pashon Murray isn't afraid to get her hands dirty. From Detroit Dirt to the face of Ford, she's got a lot going on. Story by Urban Innovation Exchange writer Amy Kuras here: 
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This week's innovator, author, athlete, and inspiration Chris Sain, Jr. helps city youth with Grand C.I.T.Y. Sports. Story by Marla R. Miller:
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This week's innovator, author, athlete, and inspiration Chris Sain, Jr. helps city youth with Grand C.I.T.Y. Sports. Story by Marla R. Miller:
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At Urban Innovation Exchange, Dan Fenster spoke to Patronicity's Chris Blauvelt about crowdsourcing civic-minded projects. 
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Joe Jones, CEO/President of the Grand Rapids Urban League, is this week's innovator. UIX writer Kevin Lignell shares this story on Jones and his work as a prolific entrepreneur in Grand Rapids:
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Shawn Blanchard is used to adversity. He's been committed to conquering it every day of his life, and is now joined in his dedication by the hundreds that take part in "Run This Town." More from UIX Detroit's M.J. Gailbraith here:
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John and Shawn Tol are taking the daily deal website to a whole new level, keeping the deals local and the benefits positive. Read more by UIX Editor Matthew Russell here:
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Today over at our sister site, Urban Innovation Exchange Detroit, Amelia Kanan offers this piece on Veronica Grandison and Leah Johnson and their magazine "ColorBlind." "Our goal is to continue to showcase the strength and empowerment of all women, and the more women we reach and inspire the more we are accomplishing our goal," Grandison said. Read more here: 
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