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Deputy Secretary Lu joins Mayor Duggan to promote Grow Detroit’s Young Talent

Deputy Labor Secretary Lu joined Mayor Duggan to provide an update on the City’s summer youth employment initiative, Grow Detroit’s Young Talent and to discuss the Obama Administration’s support for the program. The Mayor and Deputy Labor Secretary Chris Lu met with several local employers about hiring Detroit youths this summer. Mayor Duggan has set a goal of providing 8,000 summer work opportunities this year for Detroit youths ages 14-24.
To register your business for Grow Detroit’s Young Talent this summer visit: www.gdyt.org


Motor City Makeover

Mayor Duggan and his Department of Neighborhoods, along with representatives of
various community organizations, kicked off the 2016 Motor City Makeover – the City
of Detroit’s annual cleanup and beautification effort. The announcement was made at a news conference at Cody High School on Detroit’s west side. This year, the city will be cleaned by districts.  Districts 6 and 7 will be cleaned on May 7; Districts 3, 4, and 5 will be cleaned on May 14; and Districts 1 and 2 will be cleaned on May 21.   

Individuals and groups are encouraged to:

  • Register online at www.motorcitymakeover.org or call (313) 224-4415 to join the effort.
  • Clean around their neighborhood, business, house of worship, or school on the Saturday designated for their district.
  • Organize their neighbors, members or employees for a massive cleanup.  Volunteers can indicate the area they will clean when registering or call (313) 224-4415 for a location.
  • Organize their neighbors to board up vacant homes in their area.
  • Beautify their area by planting flowers, plants, or trees, or by removing graffiti, etc.

Volunteers who need gloves and bags are asked to contact their local District Manager or call the Motor City Makeover hotline at (313) 224-4415. Registered groups will be informed of the date that supplies will be available for pick-up.  Residents or organizations needing a location to clean up or beautify should call the hotline.

The scheduled cleanup dates and locations to pick-up supplies are as follows:

Saturday, May 7
District 6
Patton Recreation Center
2301 Woodmere
District 7
Adams Butzel Recreation Complex
10500 Lyndon

Saturday, May 21
District 1
Crowell Recreation Center
16630 Lahser
District 2
Northwest Activities Center
18100 Meyers

Saturday, May 14
District 3
Farwell Recreation Center
2781 E. Outer Drive
District 4
Warren-Conner Development Coalition
4401 Conner
District 5
Recycle Here!
1331 Holden
Butzel Family Center
7737 Kercheval

In addition, volunteers may take bagged litter to any of the five drop-off locations listed below, which will be open on the three Saturday cleanup dates.

Bulk Drop-Off Locations:  Limit is one cubic yard or 1,000 pounds

  • Davison Yard - 8221 West Davison, 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Southfield Yard - 12255 Southfield Road, 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • 5840 Anthon between Cavalry and Campbell, 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • State Fair Yard - 19715 John R, 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • J. Fons Transfer Station - 6451 E. McNichols, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Deputy Mayor Ike McKinnon to retire in July

After serving Detroit in a career spanning more than five decades, Deputy Mayor Ike McKinnon has decided to retire effective July 1. His planned retirement caps a remarkable civic career that has made him one of Detroit's most beloved leaders.
McKinnon, 72, was tapped in late 2013 to head Mayor Mike Duggan’s transition team because of his extensive experience in city government. Before long, then Mayor-elect Duggan tapped McKinnon to be deputy mayor.
As deputy mayor, McKinnon, reorganized the city's Homeland Security/Emergency management sections under one unified command, and led the Mayor's office of faith-based initiatives, which includes the tremendously successful Adopt-A-Park program. He also represented the Mayor and the City at hundreds of events.
McKinnon will also focus on writing his next book. He has already published three so far: “North Between the Houses” (2005, Atomic Quill), “In the Line of Duty” (2003, Turner), and his autobiography, “Stand Tall” (2001, Sleeping Bear).
Mayor Duggan has not yet selected McKinnon’s replacement.


US Treasury sends $188 million in federal funds for blight removal

The State of Michigan received some great news when it learned that the U.S. Treasury Department has awarded it $188 million in new blight removal funding - the most of any state in the country.
A great deal of the credit for this success goes to Kevin Elsenheimer and Mary Townley from Michigan State Housing Development Authority, who authored Michigan's application, which was ranked higher than those of all other states that applied.
Though Detroit's share of this new funding is yet to be determined, it is likely to be far greater than the $42 million recently awarded to the city out of the state's $75 million share. This will allow us to increase our pace of demolition from 4,000 houses last year to 5,000 this year and 6,000 next year.


City of Detroit partners with Rizzo Environmental Services to issue 500 recycling carts

Students at Detroit’s Davison Elementary-Middle School learned about the 3Rs of recycling and left school with a chance to get a free recycling container for their home during an Earth Day celebration on Friday, April 22. The goal of the celebration was to encourage young people to recycle and promote the City of Detroit’s curbside recycling program.
Under the City’s curbside recycling program, Detroit residents must opt into program and pay a one-time $25 fee to cover a portion of the cost for each 64-gallon container.
The school assembly is part of an effort to promote the curbside recycling program. Green Living Science and Zero Waste Detroit, on behalf of the City of Detroit, conduct educational workshops on curbside recycling and provide free recycling carts to city residents.


Shell hosts the Eco-Marathon in Detroit for the second year in a row

The 2016 event will mark the 10th running of Shell Eco-marathon in the Americas. 2016 marks the second year the Shell Eco-marathon has been held in Detroit. The marathon was held in Detroit in 2015 where over 130 student teams from 5 different countries participated. This year, more than 1,000 high school and college students from North and South America will head to Detroit to compete, April 22-24, 2016 on the streets of Downtown Detroit.

Shell Eco-marathon is a global program that, for more than 30 years, has challenged high school and college student teams to design, build and test the most energy-efficient vehicles. With annual events in the Americas, Europe and Asia, this innovation competition pushes future scientists and engineers to travel the farthest distance using the least amount of energy.


What’s coming up?


District 7 Community Meeting

Mayor Duggan will host a District 7 opportunity fair and community meeting located at Ebenezer AME, 5151 W. Chicago. The opportunity fair will start at 5:00 pm. The community meeting will begin at 7:00pm.


One-block stretch of Livernois to be reduced to one lane each way this weekend for bike lane pilot project

The City of Detroit will be conducting a pilot project this weekend to study the feasibility of creating protected bicycle lanes on Livernois.
Beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, April 22, Livernois will be reduced to one travel lane in each direction between Florence and Grove Streets. For the pilot, the city will install temporary bike lanes, a temporary mid-block crosswalk, and alterations to the parking lane.
All lanes will reopen on Monday, April 25th at 7:00 PM.


Upcoming Road Closures

The Detroit Department of Public Works today announced the following street closings:

  • Westbound Cadillac between Woodward and Bates will be closed completely from Apr. 23, 2016 through Oct. 22, 2016 for street activities.
  • Southbound Woodward between Jefferson and Michigan will be partially closed from now through Apr. 25, 2016 for the Shell Eco Marathon.
  • Washington between Larned and Jefferson will be closed completely from now through Apr. 25, 2016 for the Shell Eco Marathon.
  • Larned between Washington and Woodward will be closed completely from now through Apr. 25, 2016 for the Shell Eco Marathon.
  • Northbound Griswold between Michigan and Jefferson will be partially closed from now through Apr. 25, 2016 for the Shell Eco Marathon.
  • Shelby between Larned and Jefferson will be closed completely from now through Apr. 25, 2016 for the Shell Eco Marathon.
  • Congress between Woodward and Griswold will be closed completely from now through Apr. 25, 2016 for the Shell Eco Marathon.
  • Eastbound Jefferson between Washington and Woodward will be closed completely from now through Apr. 25, 2016 for the Shell Eco Marathon.

See full list of street closures.



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