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Strategy For Detroit's Future Offers Path Forward

"This is the most comprehensive framework ever established for an American city," said Toni Griffin, Director of the Technical Planning Team.  "It blends community expertise and planning on the ground with some of the best planners from Detroit and around the world to establish a path forward and improve people's quality of life."

Moving forward, some portions of the framework can begin immediately, while others will evolve over time. The framework calls for key progress implementation horizons at 5 years (stabilize), 5 – 10 years (improve), 10 – 20 years (sustain), and 20 – 50 years (transform) that not only begin improving the quality of life now, but eventually transform Detroit into an urban leader.

Moving forward, the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation and the Steering Committee are in the early stages of establishing a consortium to help facilitate, manage and inform the implementation of Detroit Future City.  

George W. Jackson Jr., Detroit Works Project Long Term Planning Steering Committee Chair said, "The consortium will drive the change, serving as the coordinating body that will connect the framework to resources, and will support, integrate, advance, and monitor efforts to enact the framework's recommendations and strategies."

He went on to say that a "project management office" will be created "to support the consortium, form community partnerships, and help establish and execute the framework's implementation agenda" and that initial funding was already in place.

As part of today's announcement, the W.K. Kellogg and Kresge Foundations have committed a combined $3-million to support  a substantial portion of the project management office operating costs for the first  two years. 

In addition, The Kresge Foundation has committed to aligning all of its grant-making in Detroit with Detroit Future City, representing at least $150 million of investment over the next five years. 

"The full potential of this framework will only be realized with the collective efforts and resources of everyone – public, private, philanthropic, nonprofit – all pulling together," said Rip Rapson, president & CEO of The Kresge Foundation.  "We are excited today to announce our own commitment to help the momentum we need to be success, and we encourage all to become partners in creating Detroit Future City." 

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