Detroit Policy Conference

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  • Limited Internet Access, Digital Illiteracy Challenges Neighborhood Growth

    Roughly 60 percent of households in Detroit do not have access to broadband Internet connectivity, according to the 2013 Census report. In addressing this issue, panelists in the “Combating the Digital Divide: Detroit Disconnected” session said for many living in the city’s neighborhoods, escaping poverty is increasingly out of reach as Internet connectivity remains a necessary platform for job hunting and furthering education.

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  • Detroit’s Revitalization Hinges on Education Reform, School Accountability

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    Lack of reliable transportation. No accountability. Burgeoning debt. These are just a few of the issues parents are forced to deal with on a daily basis when it comes to Detroit’s complex education system, according to parent Arlyssa Heard, education organizer for 482Forward. Heard, who removed her son from DPS and enrolled him in a charter school further from her house due to classroom overcrowding, said parents are fed up with lack of oversight.

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  • DPD’s Green Light Program Helping Reduce Crime in Neighborhoods

    A pilot initiative aimed at curbing violent crimes throughout the city is seeing positive results thanks to the hard work of neighborhood business owners and city government leaders. The Detroit Police Department’s Green Light program partners with eight gas stations in strategic neighborhoods and uses high-resolution cameras and bright lighting to capture clear images of license plates and alleged criminal activity which can then be sent electronically to police patrol cars.

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  • Lack of Regional Transit System Holding Back Community Growth

    It’s no secret that the lack of reliable regional transit is affecting mobility in Southeast Michigan. Disconnected from each other, the SMART transit company and the Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) run on their own times and stops, often resulting in longer wait times and hindering residents without access to a vehicle from getting to and from urban and suburban areas for work.

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  • Edible Insect Company Detroit Ento Wins Pitch Competition

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    For the first time in its history, the Conference welcomed four aspiring Detroit entrepreneurs to the Sound Board stage for a chance to pitch their business in front of a panel of judges and Conference attendees. Finalists included: Boots on the Ground, Detroit Ento, Flash Delivery, and Pro:Up.

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  • Maraniss: No True Renaissance Until Neighborhoods Thrive

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    Drawing on lessons from Detroit’s past, David Maraniss, associate editor of The Washington Post and best-selling author of “Once in a Great City,” explored how external factors such as the automotive industry, the birth of Motown music, labor negotiations and the Civil Rights movement impacted the city and lessons today’s leaders can learn from the 1960s.

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  • Contribute to the Flint Child Health and Development Fund

    Addressing the water crisis in Flint, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley encouraged Conference attendees to donate to the Flint Child Health and Development Fund during remarks from the main stage. Donations will be used to aid children with interventions that support positive health outcomes, including early childhood education…

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