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Opportunity Detroit Radio: March Guest Highlights

Paul W. Smith (WJR) and Stephen Luigi Piazza (Quicken Loans) had some pretty cool guests on the Opportunity Detroit radio show during the month of March! The show airs every Friday and is the best source for what’s happening in and around Detroit!

Here are just a few of the guests featured in March:

Meet a former Today Show producer who has a unique take on reclaiming the city. Craig Varterian is the executive director of Reclaim Detroit. Reclaim Detroit was started in 2011 as an organization that promotes sustainable use of energy and natural resources through innovative education, job training and advocacy. Reclaim Detroit promotes the removal of blight in the city in an environmentally-sensitive way while creating jobs and economic opportunities for Detroit. Learn more at

Learn more about a Detroiter who has written songs for Justin Bieber, Pharrell Williams and Snoop Dogg. Mike Posner, who was born and raised in Southfield, Mich., recently released his album “Pages.” The album includes the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 single, “Cooler Than Me.” In 2013 Posner shot his music video for the song “Top of the World” in and around Detroit. The video shoot featured several well-known landmarks such as Ford Field, Comerica Park and Joe Louis Arena.

Learn about a local company that can give you remote control of your home. iRule is a start-up company with an app that allows consumers to control home devices such as lights and TVs with their smartphones and tablets.  iRule was founded in 2009 and funded by Detroit Venture Partners. The company was selected as a finalist for the Google for Entrepreneurs program competition in Silicon Valley in April.

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