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Quicken Loans Marketing Team volunteers at Rock Financial Junior Achievement Park in Detroit

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By Jen Whiteaker

Most of us know the real world isn’t all fun and games.  But the other day, some of us on the Quicken Loans Marketing Team were able to help show a group of students from Pontiac Northern High School how true that statement really is.

Four of us decided to give back to the community and volunteer at the Rock Financial Junior Achievement Finance Park in Detroit. Honestly, we went down not knowing what we would be doing or what the day would be like and were pleasantly surprised when it turned out to be a lesson for us, too.

The Junior Achievement (JA) Finance Park is set up to give students a "real life" simulation about personal finance.  This isn’t your ordinary field trip.  The teachers are given a curriculum to incorporate into their classrooms weeks before they arrive at the park and the simulation is the capstone of that curriculum.

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American Express’s Members Project – Ideas Making a Difference

I don’t watch a lot of TV but I have caught a few shows the last few days and have noticed this particular commercial.  (Yes, I do make it a habit of watching commercials.)  It took a few viewings before I realized it was for American Express’s Members Project, but I remembered I had seen it before because the very end showed Jim Henson hanging around The Muppets.  I don’t know why it took me so many times to see it before I saw this commercial screaming about The DIFF.

So of course today I go to the site as I prepare to write this blog entry and realize that I’ve already been to the site.  As a matter of fact, I’ve actually nominated a project to win.  This time though I wasn’t there to nominate any projects, but to find out more about Members Project and share it with you.

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Community Theatre is still the DIFF

Some might say community theatre is a dying American institution. I’m here today to tell you it is alive and well.

My Sunday afternoon was spent at the North Rosedale Park Community House enjoying an ice cream social and DIFF Master Clay C in a lively performance of Smokey Joe’s Café. It was a musical revue with nearly 50 songs including: Jailhouse Rock, Don Juan, Stand by Me and Love Potion #9. The video above showcases Clay in all his glory as he adeptly demonstrates that he can both sing and clap on beat.

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The Quicken Loans Difference – Tours, Diversity and Blogs

The DIFF has a new partner blog - The Community DIFF from Quicken Loans! by whatsthediffblog, on Flickr

I moved from Michigan to South Carolina last year. While my family is dealing with the usual adjustment issues, I’m also confronted with lots of stereotypes – Yankees, Southerners, dialects, and who eats what. It’s been an experience with a lot of surprises. I’m really enjoying watching all these nasty assumptions fall apart. Really, it’s for the best that they do.

According to Infoplease.com:

It took 15 years to create the federal Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday. Congressman John Conyers, Democrat from Michigan, first introduced legislation for a commemorative holiday four days after King was assassinated in 1968.

Michigan. Yeah. That makes me proud.

What makes me not-so-proud:

2005: South Carolina becomes the last state to make MLK Day a paid holiday for all state employees. Until now, employees could choose between celebrating it or one of three Confederate-related holidays.

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Quicken Loans is moving downtown and Yahoo! Answers has an opinion!

Quicken Loans is asking questions on Yahoo! Answers. by whatsthediffblog, on Flickr

You all may know from previous posts that we do some work answering questions as a Knowledge Partner for Yahoo! Answers. Up until last week, it was just us spewing out our mortgage knowledge…we really were only answering questions, not asking them.

Anyhow, one of my favorite sections is the Detroit section. There seems to be a core group of people who answer the Detroit related questions, yet they’re very knowledgeable and VERY loyal to their city. Sometimes people go in there trying to trash the city and promptly get some very firm lectures on why the Asker should get the hell out (of town & Yahoo!).

With Quicken’s impending move downtown, it crossed my mind that we should poll the people on which site would be better for our new location – old Hudson’s building or the Statler site in Grand Circus Park. Figured we’d show the D a little love, get a couple opinions and call it a day.

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Staples Soul is the DIFF

Quicken Loans thinks Staples trucks are the DIFF.The other day the Kauf was driving down the freeway and noticed a sign on the back of a Staples truck claiming that Staples trucks never go over 60 mph in an effort to reduce fuel usage. 

Huh?  Did he read that right?

Yup, he did.

It’s part of the Staples Soul campaign. We like it!

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Cleveland development looks to Greenville (SC) for inspiration

The falls near Liberty Bridge in Greenville, South Carolina.

Old news by now in the architecture community, but Cleveland has hired the firm that built Greenville’s "Liberty Bridge" to create a community-building element for Cleveland’s downtown-on-a-comeback. Liberty Bridge is not only the largest pedestrian suspension bridge – with a curved walkway – in the U.S., but it’s what ties downtown to the Reedy River and Falls Park into a unique mid-sized urban experience.

Okay, Greenville is a small town. There are about 50,000 people who live within the city limits, and the surrounding area claims half a million residents. So, what’s this small town doing setting a precedent for the likes of a large city like Cleveland? It works. It’s original. And the idea was thought not to work at all, and end up as a waste of $4.5 million.

Of course, the idea that’s least likely to work is the most likely to win.

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Friday, October 24, 2014