Focusing development efforts in Detroit

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Figuring out what to do in downtown Detroit is tough. Now there's a new partnership set to tackle the challenge. The new Downtown Detroit Partnership is really the merger of two other groups, the Greater Downtown Partnership and Detroit Downtown Inc.

As such, the move by civic leaders in Detroit follows a pattern from other cities. Civic leaders are recognizing that the proliferation of civic groups engaged in economic development undercuts the ability to focus resources. At the same time, consolidation alone is not enough.

The real challenge comes in changing the way in which economic development takes place. We need to move away from project-based, top-down strategies and toward initiatives that promote open innovation networks. This transition calls for a new model of civic leadership.

Read more about what is happening in Detroit.

posted by Ed Morrison |

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