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.
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.
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.
Why JPMorgan Bet $100 Million on Detroit
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.
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.
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.
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.”