3 McNichols corridor: Because of institutions like Sinai Grace Hospital, University of Detroit Mercy, Marygrove College, and Wayne

County Community College District, this area is a natural home to economic activity centered on the educational and medical sectors. 4

A key strategy should be to support the growth of economic districts by leveraging unique geographic assets within each employment district.

public sector employment, industrial activity, and more recently, private sector start-up activity and destination restaurants and bars. With these assets, this area can support a live/ make employment district, where residents can create various products in the same spaces that they live.
5 Mt. Elliott: The Mt. Elliott employment district lies in the heart of the region’s automotive manufacturing corridor that runs through the city and into the suburbs by way of the Chrysler Warren Truck Plant and the GM Powertrain and Tech Centers. Such specialization in the traditional manufacturing sector can be bolstered in the future due to the area’s connection to the Coleman A Young Airport, freight rail lines and I-94.

corktowN: This area has a unique mix of

On the feedback form inserted, tell us how well you think these recommended employment districts meet Detroit’s needs around economic growth.

EcoNoMic Growth

dEquiNdrE-EastErN MarkEt: This area has tremendous connection to highways and a number of economic assets including Eastern Market and numerous large and underutilized industrial buildings. This makes this area uniquely suited for several economic districts including local business-to-business support and industrial uses centered on food processing and distribution.
6 7 southwEst: Because of its unique connection to many modes of shipping and transportation, including freight rail, international waterways, and highways, Southwest Detroit has tremendous opportunity to grow as an employment district focusing on global trade and logistics.


wo years ago we launched an ambitious effort to reimagine the future of one of the world’s most storied and important cities. At that time, we cautioned that success doesn’t happen by chance, but that cities from around the world have learned that they must plan ahead for positive change. It was then that dEtroit works ProjEct loNG tErM PlaNNiNG — a blueprint towards a future Detroit that works for all — was born. Many of you have been there from the beginning, inserting your passion, ideas and expertise along the way. Today we are once again asking for your input. Inside are some draft strategies for one of the main elements of the plan, Economic Growth. These aren’t the entirety of the strategies for Economic Growth, but the latest of which we need to get your feedback on. After we digest this feedback, we will complete the in-depth Long Term Strategic Framework plan in the fall. We look forward to the conversation, and a brighter future for Detroit.

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Job growth is fundamental to the future of Detroit and will be the cornerstone of the Plan. We need to attract more jobs into the city for those who live here. Though Detroit is known as the automotive capital of the world, it is more than just a one-industry town. It has strength in many job sectors and we need to foster growth for our existing businesses as well as attract new businesses. In order for the city to thrive, we need to implement a socially equitable vision for economic growth. We must attract jobs in a variety of areas that will suit a wide range of skills. We can support the goal of equitable growth by focusing on investments and policies that grow the four key economic opportunity areas listed below. Each opportunity area has a diversity of jobs for a wide-range of Detroiters. We will also need to target education and training towards these opportunity areas to allow residents to fully participate in these jobs. They are:
EducatioN & MEdical: Includes hospitals, health


tarGEt iNdustrial: Businesses where processing,

assembly, manufacturing, repair or distribution of physical goods is a central activity. The focus can be on any number of activities such as automotive, construction, food, metals, and logistics. Together, firms in these job clusters already employ 27,000 people. There are three primary industrial areas — Dequindre/Eastern Market, Mt. Elliott, and Southwest — as well as multiple secondary industrial areas. A sample of the range of jobs in this area would be fabricators, truck drivers, sales representatives, and first line supervisors.

local ENtrEPrENEurshiP:

Everything from retail, business-to-business (B2B), the food industry and beyond, all centered around newly established/emerging business. Eastern Market, for example, is a logical central point for a food cluster, and throughways such as Livernois near the University of Detroit, have all the bones for a retail node. A sample of the range of jobs in this area would be security guards, paralegals, accountants, and lawyers. While many cities across the country may specialize in one or two of these sectors, very few cities in the country specialize in all of them at the same time, which not only makes Detroit unique, but points to the many assets that we have to build from. A key economic growth strategy should be focused on continuing to grow and support these four key economic opportunity areas.

clinics, and health-related manufacturing like pharmaceuticals, as well as universities, community colleges, and research organizations. Together, these organizations employ over 45,000 people in Detroit, with concentrations of activity in Midtown and in the northwest around McNichols Road. A sample of the range of jobs in this area would be nurses, postsecondary teachers, technicians, orderlies, and surgeons.



used as green infrastructure, such as forests, to reduce the effect of noise and air pollution around surrounding communities. Based on existing patterns of business activity, potential for future growth, location of key economic assets, and land availability and ownership patterns, seven primary employment districts and multiple secondary districts are proposed (see map):
dowNtowN corE: This area boasts abundant office space that is available and affordable. It also is already home to the global headquarters of several large firms such General Motors, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Compuware, Quicken Loans and DTE. These factors make the Downtown Core a natural place for economic activity focused on information technology and the creative sectors.

NEw EcoNoMy: Includes businesses in Information Technology and “Creative” cluster firms specializing in fields like design, advertising, and talent management. Creative cluster activity can be found in every corner of the city but has the highest concentrations in the northwest around McNichols Road, and Midtown’s “Creative Corridor.” A sample of the range of jobs in this area would be computer programmers, advertising sales agents, lobby attendants, and reporters.

Local B2B (business-to-business) — those businesses providing goods and services to other businesses — runs through all the sectors mentioned above and as such, offer another opportunity for jobs and growth, particularly for entrepreneurs. On the feedback form inserted, tell us how you think Detroit Works can encourage entrepreneurship.

Future economic growth opportunities exist beyond Downtown and Midtown alone. In order to address a number of issues in the city as well as increase equity, we need to grow employment districts throughout the city. By creating concentrations of jobs and businesses in defined areas, we can make it easier to meet the needs of businesses and employees. With job concentration, we can more effectively enhance infrastructure, manage land, demolish buildings, develop the real estate market, and improve transportation to these areas. As the employment density in the specified districts grows, it will have a ripple effect, stabilizing surrounding areas. Additionally, these areas will present opportunities to use our vacant land in more productive and innovative ways. For example, open land around industrial districts can be

MidtowN: Because of the immense Detroit Medical Center Complex, the Henry Ford Health System, Wayne State University and the College for Creative Studies, this area is already a primary employment district for the educational and medical sectors.

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