Tom Crawford
City of Ann Arbor /

With contract details finalized by Ann Arbor city council members and approved, Tom Crawford is now officially the city administrator for Ann Arbor...a position he has held on an interim basis for the past several months. 

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks to the city administrator about his perspective and plans moving forward in the position.

Americans for the Arts /

Seven months into the COVID-19 pandemic, the state of the arts and creative industries in Washtenaw County and throughout the country is as uncertain as when it began.  Deb Polich updates David Fair on what that means for creative workers, businesses, and audiences, even as the green light has been given to reopen cultural venues.  Hear their conversation on "creative:impact" here.

Riverside Arts Center
Barry LaRue

Laying off the last paid employee, executive director Elisa Guyton, the Riverside Arts Center, now in its 25th year in operation in Ypsilanti, is canceling all in-person arts events through the end of the year due to the pandemic.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with the chair of the arts center's board of directors, Akosua Dow, about what lead to this difficult decision but how they are holding on to hope for the arts center's future.

Michigan Medicine

Michigan Medicine announced Tuesday it will be laying off or furloughing around 1,400 full-time employees due to financial losses caused by the coronavirus.

The Ride

Financial loses caused by the coronavirus are forcing the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority to lay off 15 percent of its workforce.

Wikimedia Commons

Health systems across Michigan are facing layoffs and mounting expenses as the COVID-19 crisis continues.


A state board has approved $20 million in grants and loans to help small businesses affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.  As Rick Pluta tells us, the money is largely directed toward businesses ordered to shut down or scale back their operations.

As the federal government looks into possibly cutting thirty-one percent of the Environmental Protection Agency's budget, a rally will be held on Monday at the EPA's office in Ann Arbor.  That's where the National Motor Vehicle and Fuels Emissions Laboratory is located.

Eastern Michigan University
Eastern Michigan University /

Eastern Michigan University announced layoffs and other cuts to help balance its 2017 fiscal year budget