Member Meeting

What About The Neighborhoods?

11:30 AM

Cobo Center

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2019-01-22 11:30 2019-01-22 13:30 America/Detroit DEC Meeting: What About The Neighborhoods? Cobo Center Detroit Economic Club info@econclub.org

Mike Duggan

The Honorable Mike Duggan


City of Detroit

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Gary Torgow


Chemical Financial Corporation

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Alicia George


Java House & Artist Village Detroit

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About This Meeting

“What About The Neighborhoods?”

That’s the question for many Detroiters’ as downtown and midtown continue to boom, soon to be followed by Corktown.

While private investment has been flowing into these areas, Mayor Duggan has kept his eye on the neighborhoods, first by doing the basics: restoring street lights, reliable trash collection, improved bus service and police/ fire response times. Now, the Mayor is teaming up with philanthropic and corporate partners on the Strategic Neighborhood Fund (SNF), which is raising more than $175 million to help spur additional investment and physical change in 10 neighborhood clusters across the city that represent a significant chunk of the city’s population.

Recently, the Mayor joined with the CEOs of seven major companies – Chemical Bank, Fifth Third Bank, Huntington Bank, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Flagstar Bank, American Axle, and Penske Corporation – to announce a historic corporate commitment of a collective $35 million to this effort led by Chemical Bank Chairman Gary Torgow.

This was great news for Alicia George, an entrepreneur who eight years ago opened the popular Motor City Java House in the Old Redford Neighborhood, which falls within one of the 10 SNF areas.

At this meeting you will hear from Mayor Duggan about his neighborhood plans, how this recent investment came together and the impacts of these efforts from a resident and entrepreneur.

The meeting will begin with the unveiling of the 2019 Detroit News NAIAS Readers Choice Awards.  Each attendee will receive one ticket to the 2019 North American International Auto Show (valid January 22 – January 27) compliments of the Detroit Auto Dealers Association and the NAIAS.


Presented in part by the Detroit Economic Club and the North American International Auto Show

Meeting Agenda

11:30 a.m. Speaker Reception

12:00 p.m. Lunch

12:25 p.m. Program

1:30 p.m Adjourn

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