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From Kevin Johnson
President & CEO

It’s almost impossible to keep up with all of the great news about Detroit. Just last week, our City made positive headlines thanks to a continued increase in Detroiter employment and new support for mobility innovation.

For the first time in a decade, the number of employed Detroiters has passed the 230,000 mark, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In July – the most recent month for which numbers are available – 230,655 Detroiters were employed. This is awesome and continues a significant upward trend in employment since 2015. The DEGC, through our business attraction, retention and commercial corridor development, is proud to help more Detroiters find jobs in our City each year.

We’re honored to work with Mayor Duggan’s Detroit At Work initiative, as well as Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation and others to ensure employers in the City consider Detroiters first for new jobs. To date, nearly 13,000 Detroiters have gone through Detroit At Work to be placed on the priority hiring list for the new FCA assembly plant and other major employers. Today, more than 6,000 jobs and all types of training are available for Detroiters through www.detroitatwork.com.

The DEGC also supports the City’s Project Clean Slate that offers Detroiters free expungement help for local residents wanting a fresh start.

In other terrific news, $7.5 million in federal funding is headed to Michigan to support mobility innovation, thanks to U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow and U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell. The grant, from the U.S. Department of Transportation, will support the research, development and testing of self-driving technologies by the City of Detroit, the State of Michigan, the University of Michigan, and the American Center for Mobility.

“This award from USDOT is another affirmation of Detroit and Southeast Michigan’s leadership in the future of mobility,” said Mayor Mike Duggan.

Michigan’s mobility ecosystem is an example of technological excellence and the power of regional partnerships. This grant helps Detroit continue attracting forward-looking mobility technology investment, such as Waymo. Earlier this year, Waymo selected Detroit as the home for its new manufacturing plant to assemble self-driving vehicles, creating hundreds of jobs for the region. In doing so, Detroit becomes home to the world’s first factory dedicated to the mass production of L4 autonomous vehicles.

The DEGC remains committed to attracting and retaining business by improving our ecosystem through land assembly, incentive creation and small-business development. By doing so, we continue to grow employment opportunities for Detroiters throughout the economy.