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Council of Michigan Foundations: “The Motor City: Where Are We Now?”

February 13, 2017

Detroiters know the Motor City has been on a path of revitalization and transformation. Recently named one of the top global destinations in 2017 by the New York Times, last week it made U.S. News’ List of 100 Best Places to Live in the USA.

A group of Detroiters were in France recently representing Detroit, since the city is the first and only in the U.S. holding the title of a UNESCO City of Design.

We’ve seen philanthropy’s impact in Detroit through entrepreneurship programs, public transportation support, in the arts, culture and placemaking, health initiatives and beyond.

There’s currently 21 Detroit revitalization projects that are among the national finalists for the Knight Cities Challenge, from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, including:

  • Mapping Mobility in Motown by Detroit Experience Factory: Fostering connection and civic involvement in Detroit by creating a map that highlights cultural, educational and mobility resources, such as libraries, health centers, museums, educational spaces, bike infrastructure and parks.
  • Mine Your Own Business by Michigan Women’s Foundation: Offering education, mentorship and capital for aspiring women entrepreneurs through business accelerators at neighborhood churches.

We are seeing engagement throughout the city, as philanthropy works with businesses, government and community members.

In terms of entrepreneurship, The Nonprofit Quarterly recently highlighted the NEI’s program, NEIdeas which is in its third year as a contest offering “rewards to existing businesses in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park with cash and support for their ideas for growth.”

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