To carry out this mission, the project had several phases. First, during the start-up phase, Core Staff was hired, cluster boards were elected, site offices were established, and consultant teams and community organizers were hired in each of the ten clusters. February 8, 1997 was the official "kick-off' of the CRS process, Over 800 people attended the kick-off meeting, and each of the ten cluster boards was elected at that time.
During the Data Collection Phase, sources such as the US Census, the City of Detroit Master Plan, city departments, existing community plans, windshield surveys, and focus groups were all used as tools to generate a comprehensive picture of existing conditions in the city. This information was organized under planning topics: Neighborhood Commercial, Housing, Job Centers, Transportation, Youth Development, Environment, and Special Issues. All of the data collected throughout the process is included in the Final Cluster Reports.
The Visioning and Goal Setting phase provided a forum for cluster boards and community stakeholders to develop a vision of their communities over the next five to ten years. Each phase resulted in the development of Reinvestment Recommendations in each cluster. Once each cluster had developed and prioritized their recommendations, the CRS Task Force, a group primarily composed of one representative from each of the cluster boards, determined common themes between clusters in order to develop citywide "reinvestment recommendation". These citywide recommendations appear later in this summary.