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Adient Announces Plans to Establish Detroit Global Headquarters Bringing 500 Jobs to the City

Adient (NYSE: ADNT), the world’s largest global automotive seating supplier, this week announced the company has acquired the 10-story, 164,000-square-foot Marquette Building located at 243 West Congress in Detroit’s historic financial district, across from Cobo Center.

The company will invest approximately $50 million into renovating the building to establish its global headquarters and bring roughly 500 jobs to the city of Detroit, of which approximately 100 will be newly created. Adient will work with the city to fill as many of those jobs as possible with Detroit residents.
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) CEO Steve Arwood and Adient Chairman and CEO R. Bruce McDonald announced the plan at a joint press conference. They were joined by MEDC leadership, Detroit City Council members, Adient employees, local elected representatives and business leaders.

To learn more, visit City of Detroit News.

Governor and Mayor Announce Pilot to Expand Detroit Promise College Scholarship Program to Four-Year Colleges and Universities

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan this week joined with students, educators and the Detroit Regional Chamber to announce the expansion of the Detroit Promise college scholarship program to include free tuition at four-year educational institutions.
The pilot program will allow any Detroit high school student who graduates with a 3.0 GPA or better, and scores of over 21 on ACT or 1060 on SAT can now earn a Bachelor’s degree tuition-free. In the current academic year, over 700 are receiving two-year or four-year, last-dollar scholarships – funding that covers any shortfall after other financial aid such as Pell Grants have been applied.

For more information, visit City of Detroit News.

Pistons to Move to Downtown Detroit

Detroit Pistons Owner Tom Gores, Ilitch Holdings, Inc. President and CEO Christopher Ilitch and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced last week agreements under which the Pistons will move to downtown Detroit and begin playing at the new Little Caesars Arena starting next season.

The move will include construction of a new state-of-the-art Pistons practice facility and corporate headquarters that will bring substantial new investment and economic activity to the city, and a comprehensive community benefits plan that will bring millions of dollars more into Detroit neighborhoods.

For more information, visit Pistons Move to Detroit.

City invests $1.6M into planning and design work for revitalizing Detroit neighborhoods

The City of Detroit took another step toward fulfilling Mayor Mike Duggan’s pledge to invest in Detroit neighborhoods. Wednesday morning, City Council approved contracts for transformational planning and design initiatives in four study areas in Detroit‘s neighborhoods. The initiatives, which build off of the Mayor’s “20 Minute Neighborhood” strategy, will invest a total of $1.6 million to develop community driven neighborhood framework plans in the following communities: 

  • Southwest Detroit/ West Vernor Corridor (Council District 6)
  • Northwest Detroit/Grand River Corridor (Council District 1)
  • Islandview/Greater Villages (Council District 5)
  • Rosa Parks- Clairmount (Council District 5)

In 2017, additional neighborhood framework planning will begin in Jefferson Chalmers, Russell Woods/Nordin Park and additional neighborhoods. 

For more information, visit City of Detroit News

Project Green Light adds 7 new locations this week

Project Green Light Detroit, the city’s program to help keep neighborhood businesses safe and well-lit is growing. This week alone, we’ve added seven new businesses and are up to a citywide total of 69 Green Light partners, which includes gas stations, party stores and restaurants.

The new locations are:

  • Sunoco - 20400 Grand River
  • Scotch Castle Party Store - 2867 E. 7 Mile Rd.
  • New Merchant Food Center - 2819 E. 7 Mile Rd.
  • Asian Corned Beef - 2847 E. 7 Mile Rd.
  • Sonny's Hamburgers - 20001 Schoolcraft
  • Eastown Liquor - 10520 E. Jefferson
  • Savon Foods -18000 Livernois

Mayor Duggan and Chief James Craig launched Project Green Light in January. Participating businesses install ultra-bright lighting on the building’s exterior and high definition cameras inside and out that are monitored in at DPD’s real time crime center. Recently, the city announced partnerships with Comcast (which provides cameras and Internet service) and DTE to help make joining the program easy and affordable.

For more information on Project Green Light and to see a complete list and map of participating businesses, visit www.greenlightdetroit.org.

New CERT Training Class Certified

The City of Detroit Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management certified a new class of Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers on November 19, 2016. The CERT training included disaster preparedness, fire safety, disaster medical operations, light search and rescue, the use of Automated External Defibrillators (AED), basic medical treatment, and other life-saving techniques.

For more information, visit Department of Homeland Security.

 What’s Coming Up?

4th Annual District 1 Potluck

You are cordially invited to the 4th Annual District 1 Potluck & Year End Review taking place on Saturday, December 3 11:00am -1:00pm at Old Redford Academy Elementary 17195 Redford (off Grand River).

It's our end of the year community event and a chance to kick back, relax and enjoy a meal (or several) with old and new friends in a community setting.

In addition to food we'll have the Williams Family Senior Hustle Team, winners of a gold medal in the 2016 Detroit Senior Olympics who will give dance demonstrations and lessons as well as a youth dance team from Old Redford Academy Elementary.

We're asking for all donated food items to please be delivered no later than 10:15 am the day of the event.

Please RSVP to alexanderr@detroitmi.gov.