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The Detroit Region’s resurgence is a byproduct of historic opportunity and unprecedented alignment of business, government and philanthropy. Sustaining momentum requires a regionally focused strategy that transcends politics. The Detroit Regional Chamber is the organization and Forward Detroit is the strategy for sustaining long-term prosperity.

“Forward Detroit is a game-changer that will allow us to compete globally for talent, investment and jobs.” 

– Sandy Baruah, President and CEO, Detroit Regional Chamber

The strategy aims to serve as Michigan’s leader in shaping and executing the Detroit region’s collaborative pro-growth policies and programs by building on the Chamber’s economic development and advocacy expertise.

The Chamber will seek funding from the business and philanthropic communities for Forward Detroit to drive economic development and help the region achieve long-term prosperity. The initiative’s goal is to raise $20 million by the conclusion of 2021.

Forward Detroit’s mission is to assist in helping the state of Michigan become a leader in shaping and executing the Detroit region’s collaborative pro-growth policies and programs at this unique moment in history that sustains our region as one of the fastest growing in the U.S.

Some of the Detroit region’s successes:

  • Businesses creating jobs on par with the national average
  • GDP growth outpaces national average by 7.7%
  • Awarded highest number of utility patents for a U.S. region in 2013
  • 109 foreign firms invest $3.8 billion in 2014

Read the Forward Detroit blog to stay up-to-date with all the happenings in pushing the region forward!