The Detroit Regional Talent Compact is led by Detroit Drives Degrees, the Detroit Regional Chamber’s collective impact initiative. Detroit Drives Degrees brings together stakeholders from business, philanthropy, government, and K-12 and higher education to accomplish two goals: increase the postsecondary attainment rate to 60% and reduce the racial equity gap by half by 2030.
The Compact’s vision is a Detroit with systems, policies, and resources that allow every resident to access and succeed in postsecondary education, leading to careers that fill the region’s talent needs. It strives to improve social mobility that empowers residents to earn a family-sustaining wage and contribute to the economic and social well-being of their communities.
Launched in October 2020, 35 statewide and regional partners announced their chosen strategies and commitments to the compact and the dual goals of education attainment and racial equity. The strategies focus on access to education, increasing student success in postsecondary programs, supporting adults as they enter or return to college, and supporting regional businesses as they retain and upskill current workers while attracting new talent.