Ian Thibodeau and Daniel Howes The Detroit News Published 9:03 p.m. UTC Jun 17, 2018 Ford Motor Co.'s restoration of the Michigan Central Depot by 2022 would bring 5,000 employees to Detroit's Corktown neighborhood, where the Blue Oval aims to create what it calls "the next generation" of automotive mobility. Plans for the Corktown campus, to be announced Tuesday, would deliver 1.2 million square feet of mixed-use development spread over multiple parcels and at least three recently acquired buildings. Ford expects to move 2,500 of its employees — roughly 5 percent of its southeast Michigan workforce — to the campus, with space for an additional 2,500 entrepreneurs, technology companies and partners related to Ford's expansion into Autos 2.0. "It's not just a building," Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford Jr. told The Detroit News in an interview at Ford World Headquarters. "It's an amazing building, but it's about all … [Read more...] about How Ford plans to resurrect the train station
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John Gallagher Detroit Free Press Published 8:31 p.m. UTC Jun 8, 2018 Even as the nation enjoys a historically low jobless rate and downtown Detroit booms with thousands of new workers and dozens of new projects, the long-term lack of work opportunities for Detroiters threatens to hold back the city for years to come. Almost half of Detroit’s working-age residents aren’t even looking for a job — at 53.4 percent, it's the lowest workforce participation rate in the nation and a symptom of poverty and poor educational attainment. Tyrone Burks and Isaiah Phlegm put a human face on some very bleak statistics. Burks, 37, spent 10 years in a state prison for a sexual misconduct conviction. Released in 2013, he has worked temp jobs since, but struggles to find better full-time work. “It’s been real hard finding people that’s willing to give a person a shot to basically get back into the community. That’s been the hardest,” … [Read more...] about These Detroiters aren’t looking for jobs. Why might surprise you
Sarah Rahal The Detroit News Published 4:55 p.m. UTC May 25, 2018 The tiny glass-house markets are back in full swing for spring, celebrating local entrepreneurship at three markets in downtown Detroit. After the success of 30 unique vendors in the holiday markets this past winter, Bedrock and the Quicken Loans companies launched the spring version with expansions. The first phase of market vendors opened Thursday with more than 30 Detroit-based entrepreneurs. The vendors include products from apparel and accessories to food and drinks spread throughout 1441 Woodward Collective, Capitol Park and Cadillac Square. Ashley Gold, formerly associated with the reality show "Hardcore Pawn," started her handmade jewelry brand, which launched at the holiday market. She returns this spring to Cadillac Square after nearly doubling her business revenue through the market. "As a result of last winter, we saw more than a 40 percent increase in … [Read more...] about Downtown spring markets celebrate small businesses
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Share on Google Plus Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Plus Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on Tumblr Resize Text Print Article Comments Animalia by Avi Selk by Avi Selk Email the author May 14 at 1:51 PM Email the author The prom’s advertised theme was “Welcome to the Jungle,” and staff at Christopher Columbus High School went to some effort to fulfill this promise of the wild. Not that the all-male Catholic prep school waived its standards of etiquette for the big night on Friday. The boys — about 400 … [Read more...] about A Florida prep school prom. A live tiger. What could go wrong?
The group of Metro Detroit’s most influential CEOs already urging adoption of a regional transit plan also is exploring creation of a new economic development shop focused on southeast Michigan. Headed by DTE Energy Co. CEO Gerry Anderson, the group is in talks with Detroit Regional Chamber CEO Sandy Baruah to develop a private-sector entity that would expand the region’s business attraction efforts akin to The Right Place Inc. in Grand Rapids, Columbus 2020 in Ohio’s capital city and Greater MSP, an economic development group in Minnesota’s Twin Cities. The move, still in its early stages, would be the latest by the informal group of top CEOs who meet quarterly at DTE headquarters to identify areas they can impact with funding and leadership: transit, job training, public place-making and economic development. They have no name, no staff, no offices and no website. “The CEO Group is working with the Chamber to strengthen the region’s economic … [Read more...] about Howes: No-name CEO group targeting regional development