Detroit Policy Conference

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Registration is now open for the 2017 Detroit Policy Conference: Reigniting an Innovative Spirit. The Conference will highlight and celebrate Detroit’s ongoing economic resurgence by bringing together over 600 key business, community and political leaders.

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Speaker Announcement

Leading urban transportation policy expert and best-selling author, Janette Sadik-Khan will deliver a keynote address at the 2017 Detroit Policy Conference. Sadik-Khan is the principal transportation consultant for Bloomberg Associates. A proven urban transformation leader, she oversaw an ambitious program to improve safety, mobility and sustainability for New York City’s transportation infrastructure.

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In 2013, Detroit was thrust into the national spotlight as a city in bankruptcy. We’ve remained in that spotlight because of our shared vision and passion to innovate for a brighter Detroit. The 2017 Detroit Policy Conference will highlight how unprecedented collaboration inspired countless acts that reignited our iconic city’s innovative spirit.

Detroit Spotlight:

Innovation District has the Potential to “Supercharge” Detroit’s Economy

Model D

Touching on the 2017 Detroit Policy Conference theme of reigniting an innovative spirit, this article shows how innovation lives on Midtown Detroit.

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Tech and Innovation Power Detroit’s Manufacturing Revival


A confluence of factors—including public and private initiatives, high-tech incubators, philanthropic fundraising, an influx of venture capital and a craftsmanship movement—are bringing Detroit back from the depths of municipal bankruptcy and widespread unemployment, which stands at 7.8 percent in metro Detroit, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Motor City’s All-American Small Business Comeback


From a city in bankruptcy to a place where people can’t keep up with all the new businesses popping up downtown. Since 2013, there has been at least $3.4 billion in investment and development announced in the city.

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Why JPMorgan Bet $100 Million on Detroit

CNN Money

Detroit is the largest city in the United States to go bankrupt, but many large companies still see the city as a smart investment; a key reason for the resurgence of Detroit.

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Lear CEO Sees New Detroit Innovation Center as Turning Point for Company, City

Crain’s Detroit Business

Recognizing the importance of Detroit’s transformation Lear Corp. leveraged what the city has to offer and opened a new Innovation Center in the heart of downtown.

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West Village Site to be 1st from $30M Neighborhood Fund

The Detroit News

Touching on last year’s Detroit Policy Conference theme, neighborhoods, a new development was designed to drive inclusive economic growth in the city’s neighborhoods.

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Detroit is UNESCO’s First Official ‘City of Design’

Travel and Leisure

From the deep roots of innovation, Detroit has been recognized as the first “City of Design” by UNESCO. Alongside 116 cities, the network aims to “foster international cooperation with and between cities committed to investing in creativity as a driver for sustainable urban development, social inclusion and cultural vibrancy.”

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Read session recaps and watch full videos from the 2016 Conference here.