Case Study: Detroit, Michigan

How can cities build inclusive local innovation ecosystems?

Mike Green
Mar 12, 2018 · 28 min read

THE CASE STUDIES

PROBLEM

APPROACH

ABOUT DETROIT

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Woodward Avenue in Detroit, MI (Photo: Rebecca C Cook, Reuters)

DETROIT AT A GLANCE

STATE OF LOCAL ECONOMY

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Detroit’s Golden Age Big 3 vs Silicon Valley’s Big 3 (Source: The Atlantic)
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan presents the segregationist history of Detroit to an audience of economic leaders.

BROKE ENGINE

INITIAL CORE FOCUS

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Detroit, Michigan skyline.

TECH-CENTRIC MIDTOWN

INNOVATION COUNCIL

FORWARD CITIES-DETROIT INNOVATION COUNCIL & NEI WORKING TABLES

SMART ZONES

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Source: Michigan Economic Development Corporation

MAPPING DETROIT — MEANINGFUL MEASUREMENT

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Detroit resident (Photo by Carlos Osorio — Associate Press)

LOVELAND SHINES LIGHT ON UNEQUAL ECONOMIC RECOVERY

Lack of Jobs

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DATA DRIVEN DETROIT OFFERS INFORMATION ANALYSIS OF COMMUNITIES

The North End/New Center District was chosen based on existence of established businesses and community investment in the area combined with the potential for significant entrepreneurial engagement and community growth. In accordance with goals of Forward Cities, the area selected by the Detroit team has the potential to not only support local innovators and create a stronger neighborhood locally, but can also expand reach of local businesses regionally and even nationally. The North End/New Center District contains active and potential nodes for public transit, commercial establishments, and residential housing.

The target area also contains at least six entrepreneurial resources in or near the North End/New Center District out of 20 listed resources in the report. The D3 report and additional data, maps and information can be found in the resource area of the Forward Cities website: http://www.forwardcities.org/resources/

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IMAGE: Forward Cities’ framework for building an inclusive local economy. See handout here.

MICHIGAN COMMUNITY RESOURCES OFFERS ANALYSIS FOR COMMERCIAL CORRIDORS

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Revitalizing the Corridor: An Analysis of Commercial Markets in Detroit Neighborhoods

STRATEGY — FROM URBAN CORE OUTWARD

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BEYOND THE URBAN CORE

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James Feagin is a Detroit commercial real estate investor and community activist.

NEI — DEVELOPING AN INCLUSIVE ENTREPRENEURIAL ECOSYSTEM

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Source: W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment research — July 2016 [READ NEI IMPACT REPORT]

READ FULL NEI IMPACT REPORT

PHASE I: $100M

PHASE 2: $33.25M

PHASE 3: $25M (Next 3 years to sunset)

NEW ECONOMY INITIATIVE (NEI) ECOSYSTEM

“Our goal is to start, grow and scale more businesses in Detroit,” said Chapman.

NEIdeasDetroit.org

POLICY — MUNICIPAL AND REGION

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FOCUSED DENSITY

MATCHING BUILDINGS AND BUSINESSES

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STATEWIDE VISION

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CONCLUSION

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