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Detroit is in the midst of transforming itself, and the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation is behind it all. DEGC’s expertise has been instrumental in revitalizing downtown, creating neighborhoods, and bringing jobs to Detroit.
 
Below you can browse through many documents that are full of many of successful projects, Detroit data, and useful information about what is going on in Detroit.   If you have a question about any of these items please feel free to contact us directly for assistance.       
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      With a solid infrastructure, plenty of space, major recent investments, and an influx of innovators eager to call it home, Detroit is a smart choice.

       

      It’s time to erase the preconceptions you may have about working, living, and playing in Detroit. Buoyed with enthusiasm, Detroit is ascending to its rightful place on the world

      stage. Detroit has earned domestic accolades and international recognition for having an abundance of professional, residential, and recreational opportunities. Known as the city that put the world on wheels, Detroit is diversifying in surprising ways into a multifaceted, modern metropolis. 

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      10 things you may not know about Detroit & the DEGC
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      7.2 SQ MI is the data story of a physically and economically changing place. It is a snapshot that captures current information on residing, working, employing, visiting, living, playing, and investing in Greater Downtown. While a celebration of progress, it also acknowledges continued challenges and reveals potential opportunity.
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      The BizGrid is a physical infographic designed to help Detroit entrepreneurs navigate the landscape of organizations providing business assistance within the city. If you've ever needed help exploring Detroit's many resources, you'll love the BizGrid!
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      DEGC helps open Detroit’s doors. We make business success possible for companies who know exactly what they’re doing, but need help deciding where to do it and how to get there. We know Detroit well, we know the city’s government, and we’re aware of the countless opportunities the city has to offer. We’ve been designed to share all that business knowledge with companies and organizations like yours, and to maximize its value right here in Detroit.  With DEGC, this is the way in.
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      The Detroit Works Project was introduced in 2010 as a process to create a shared, achievable vision for Detroit’s future to improve the quality of life and business in Detroit.  That framework is now complete and called Detroit Future City.  Within it are actionable and innovative strategies to move Detroit forward.  Detroit Future City will help to better align Detroit’s assets over the next five-to-20-years in ways that have never been thought about before. Implementation will require the involvement of government, businesses and investors, neighborhood and community groups, philanthropic organizations, and other non-governmental organizations.
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      Entrepreneurs, artists, techies and others looking for workspace in Detroit now have a one-stop resource to help them search for the perfect place for their endeavor, DEGC’s “Detroit Co-Working Spaces Finder.”   
       
      These co-working spaces offer more than just a place to work, they provide the opportunity to meet and collaborate with a community of people with the same interests. 
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      Approved minutes from the February 14, 2017 meeting of the Economic Development Corporation of the City of Detroit
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      April 11, 2017 EDC Board Meeting Agenda
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      March 7, 2017 EDC Board Meeting Minutes
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      The City of Detroit’s Mayor’s Office, Planning and Development Department (PDD), Housing and Revitalization Department (HRD), the Department of Neighborhoods (DON) (known as “the City”); in conjunction with the Economic Development Corporation of the City of Detroit (EDC), which is staffed by the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC),  and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) plans to seek proposals from qualified firms to develop a Comprehensive Neighborhood Framework Plan (Framework Plan) with strategic implementation strategies that builds upon previously completed neighborhood studies, creating a consolidated and actionable vision for the City of Detroit to synergize growth and support future investment within the Eastern Market neighborhood of Detroit. The Framework Plan covers a study area of approximately 1.1 square miles that incorporates the Eastern Market (Market Core) and the surrounding Greater Eastern Market residential (GEM) neighborhood. The goal is to create a vibrant mixed-use neighborhood that makes Eastern Market the hub of food production and distribution for the Great lakes region while increasing neighborhood amenities, improving the quality of life for local residents, and expanding their opportunities for nearby employment.

       

      The Eastern Market Corporation (EMC) has developed a strategy for the creation of the Neighborhood Business Innovation Zone (NBIZ), an intended high tech center of food production, processing, and distribution within the transitional space of vacant land adjacent to the Market Core. The goal is to facilitate the growth of food related businesses. The NBIZ is to be developed for local small-to-medium food businesses to have the flexibility to grow and remain in the Eastern Market District in the future with respect to existing residents located within the study area. The NBIZ is to include site plans and specific building typologies to accommodate larger building footprints for food processing, warehousing, and distribution facilities.

       

      The Nature Conservancy seeks Centralized Stormwater Management (CSM) feature facilities and future development of a proposed Watershed Improvement District (WID) and design features that can attract new residents, expand greater food related commercial investment, incorporate land-use buffering (between the NBIZ, Market Core, and GEM), enhance mobility, culture, and recreation.

       

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      The City of Detroit’s Mayor’s Office, Planning and Development Department (PDD), Housing and Revitalization Department (HRD), the Department of Neighborhoods (DON) (known as “the City”); in conjunction with the Economic Development Corporation of the City of Detroit (EDC), which is staffed by the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC),  and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) plans to seek proposals from qualified firms to develop a Comprehensive Neighborhood Framework Plan (Framework Plan) with strategic implementation strategies that builds upon previously completed neighborhood studies, creating a consolidated and actionable vision for the City of Detroit to synergize growth and support future investment within the Eastern Market neighborhood of Detroit. 
       
      This presentation provides an overview of the Eastern Market and goals of the planning process. 
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      Eastern Market Planning Overview, as presented at the pre-bid conference for the Eastern Market Comprehensive Framework Plan RFP at DEGC on August 14, 2017
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      Our economy is growing at an incredible rate and the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation is playing a lead role in driving this investment in a sustainable and thoughtful way. Performance measures are an important part of our work. The amount of investment made, the number of jobs produced and retained, the number of Detroit-based businesses we support, and our ability to communicate Detroit’s economic competitiveness matter. This Action Plan clarifies our work, provides sound metrics for accountability, and increases our transparency.
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      2015 Progress Report:  Detroit 2015, A Fresh Place for Business

      You know things are really changing for the better in Detroit as you pull into the

      parking lot and see the brand new façade of Imperial Fresh Market at Lyndon

      St. and Schaefer Hwy. in northwest Detroit. The Shina family that owns the

      store has invested more than $6 million to double its size. Step inside to shop

      for fresh groceries and it really hits home – the best of Detroit’s revival isn’t

      just concentrated in its core. We are rebuilding in every district – if not every

      neighborhood. And the pace of improvement continues to accelerate. 
      Read more in this progress report. 
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      We're All Business - for every business!  There is no other place in Detroit, and few other places anywhere where businesses of any size, stage, industry or location can access so many resources to succeed and grow. Projects managed or assisted by the DEGC in 2014, are expected to lead to $525 million in investment when completed. These projects are generating new or saving over 4,000 jobs for the city. Start your success at degc.org. 

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      One billion dollars!  Make no mistake - the pace of investment in Detroit has accelerated.  Projects managed or assisted by the DEGC in 2013, are expected to lead to $1 billion in private and public investment when completed. These projects are generating new or saving 6,000 jobs for the city. 
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      Projects managed or assisted by the DEGC are expected to lead to $486 million in private and public investment when completed.  These projects are generating new or saving 8,000 jobs for the city.   
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      Projects managed or assisted by the DEGC are expected to lead to $645 million in private and public investment when completed.  These projects are generating new or saving 8,000 jobs for the city.   
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      In 2009 and 2010 Detroit was on the world stage because of hundreds of stories, triumphs and interesting people that added up to a world-class transformation.  DEGC's progress report contains details about successful renovations, redevelopments, growing businesses and start-ups.  
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      Detroit has several companies that can give your organization the assistance needed to ensure a notable presence for your event from concept to execution.
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      Having access to Professional Service expertise is the key to helping your business grow as rapidly and efficiently as possible.  Detroit has several companies that can help you maintain and grow your business. From financial services to staffing solutions Detroit has a growing list of companies that can service your needs.
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      D2D creates opportunities for Detroiters by encouraging Detroit-based businesses to connect as buyers and suppliers. A program of Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC) supported by the New Economy Initiative (NEI), D2D connects Detroit companies with quality local suppliers who understand the local market, offer tighter times and quick responses. At the same time D2D is building a community of businesses that are supporting each other’s economic success.
       
      D2D works closely with major institutional buyers committed to increasing their purchases of local products and services. D2D also works with its partners to make Detroit-base businesses “Buyer-Ready,” and to match them with bidding opportunities.
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      This publication describes the Mt. Elliott Employment District — one of seven core employment districts identified by Detroit Future City. These employment districts contain a high level of activity and have the potential to receive significant levels of investment and serve as the engine for the city’s economic growth.
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      This publication describes the Southwest Employment District — one of seven core employment districts identified by Detroit Future City. These employment districts contain a high level of activity and have the potential to receive significant levels of investment and serve as the engine for the city’s economic growth.
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      This publication describes the Dequindre/EasternMarket Employment District — one of seven core employment districts identified by Detroit Future City. These employment districts contain a high level of activity and have the potential to receive significant levels of investment and serve as the engine for the city’s economic growth.
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      Detroit Economic Growth Corporation’s Green Grocer Project (GGP) has launched a façade improvement program to upgrade the exteriors of Detroit’s neighborhood grocery stores. GGP is now accepting applications from grocers for 50/50 matching grants up to $50,000 to transform the street look of their stores.

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      Facts about the Green Grocer Project Facade Improvement Program. 
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      This is a summary report of the February 13, 2014 Public Meeting held by the Future I-375 team highlighting the hopes of for the I-375 planning process.  
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      During the public engagement meeting on February 13, 2014 the Future I-375 team showcased several display boards highlighting the hopes of for the I-375 planning process. These are the PDF's of the display boards from the meeting.
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      On June 12, 2014, the team presented the illustrative alternatives developed for the primary and secondary study areas, giving the public an opportunity to weigh in on positives and negatives of each alternative, as well as some innovative design features. This is the PDF file of the boards from the June 12th Public Meeting. 
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      I-375 MapI-375 — a major gateway to Downtown Detroit is coming due for major repairs soon, so the Michigan Department of Transportation and the Detroit Downtown Development Authority (DDA) are asking the question, “Does the current configuration of I-375 really serve the needs of Detroit today – and into the foreseeable future?”
       
      An opportunity exists to investigate multiple alternatives and develop a new concept for the I-375 corridor that would preserve the transportation function, but also create a place for economic and community development consistent with the emerging urban nature of the area.   Conceivably, the footprint of the new corridor could be narrower than the existing freeway, creating excess property available for redevelopment or for public space or district buffering, in ways that are consistent with the urban-residential and commercial characteristics of a thriving downtown. 
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      The I-375 freeway is one of the primary access points to Downtown Detroit, key entertainment venues, and historic neighborhoods and East Riverfront.  The DDA, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and Detroit Riverfront Conservancy (DRFC) have collaborated to study design alternatives which might better suit current and expected development in the area.
       
      There are now SIX alternative designs for reimagining I-375 for the primary study area, which extends along I-375 from Gratiot Avenue to Atwater Street.  
       
      There are also two designs created for the secondary study area that includes the I-75/I-375 interchange, portions of Gratiot Avenue and the Gratiot Connector, and Jefferson Avenue between Washington Boulevard and Joseph Campau
       
      The new designs are based on community input along with technical data from the study.  
       
      A larger file containing high resolution files suitable for print reproduction can be downloaded by clicking here.  
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      On June 12, 2014, the team presented the illustrative alternatives developed for the primary and secondary study areas, giving the public an opportunity to weigh in on positives and negatives of each alternative, as well as some innovative design features. This is a summary report of the June 12th Public Meeting.