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Where have we been?

Where have we been?

Where are we now?

Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3

Phase 1 (2016)

We recruited stakeholders to analyze the problem, created a beginning set of system elements, and began considering a framework for a Detroit community development system.

Phase 2 (2017-2018)

We formed an Advisory Council, conducted extensive research resulting in a specific set of challenges and created Task Forces to respond to those challenges and develop test-projects for most of the elements.

Phase 3 (2019-2020)

Stakeholders will champion elements of the system, working closely with CDOs and GROs, by “test-piloting” project ideas:

  • Coordination of Capacity Building Services
  • Community Development Career Navigation Model
  • Neighborhood Vitality Success Framework
  • Neighborhood Voice and Advocacy Framework
  • At least two city-CDO funded partnerships

Simultaneously we will:

  • Activate the System Capitalization element
  • Establish a governance/oversight structure
  • Develop a process to resolve CDO coverage for all neighborhoods
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Here is the latest and greatest Detroit Urban Solutions newsletter that’s filled with information on upcoming events, funding, and assistance opportunities that have been pulled together for you by the DUS team. If you know groups that are working in urban innovation in Detroit - please invite them to join DUS with this form

Sustainable Business Network of Detroit Launch


Accessible Streets Studio from Ford & Newlab





Detroit Mobility Lab Consortium | Panel Session 

Representatives from the Detroit and Windsor-Essex border will discuss strategic priorities and opportunities in mobility. Live panel discussion on Thursday, June 3rd at 3PM.


STIR Labs 2021 Virtual Summit
Register for the annual summit on Tuesday, June 8th at 1PM. Gain practical insight for working in government-academic collaborations.


Revel Virtual Panel | Keeping Micromobility Safe as Cities Reopen

NYU’s Rudin Center for Transportation and Revel Transit present a virtual panel discussion about on-street safety, influencing rider behaviors, and planning for system growth in U.S. cities. Thursday, June 10th 9:30 — 11AM.


SBN Detroit | Detroit’s Moment: Accelerating the Sustainable Business Revolution
Join the newly formed Sustainable Business Network of Detroit (SBN Detroit) in this inaugural event on Wednesday, June 16th from 12 — 1:15PM that will focus on mobilizing businesses and organizations of all sizes to make Southeast Michigan a global leader in sustainability.





NextCycle Michigan | FLOWS Grants
The Foods, Liquids, & Organic Waste Systems (FLOWS) seeks teams with projects to transform any aspect of organics recovery – from food recovery and collection to new end markets for finished compost to innovative uses for wood waste. Applications are due Friday, June 4, 2021. 


MIT Solve | Unbundle Policing: Reimagine Public Safety Challenge
A no-cost 3‑month Incubator will help teams develop solutions in public safety for the funded, invite-only accelerator. Applications are due July 19, 2021. Winning solution teams from the accelerator will receive $50,000 + six months of support.


Emergency Broadband Benefit
The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information on the discounts available, eligibility, and how to enroll, visit the website. Please share information about the program and help to spread the word! 


Women in PropTech Seeking Female Founders
Women in PropTech is seeking to connect with Female Founders in the PropTech ecosystem. If you are a female founder or know a female founder, email with the founder’s name, LinkedIn profile, and company website.


TechTown’s Startup Fund

Addressing problems of racial disparity in community wealth and capital that have made it difficult for Black tech founders to access early-stage funding.






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