U.S. General Services Administration launched new economic development initiative
The U.S. General Services Administration announced a new focus that will align the agency’s economic focus with the development goals of the local community. The GSA purchased the building at 985 Michigan Ave. and plans to invest $70 million in the structure and will move more than 700 employees in as well. The agency will also update Detroit’s Ferry Street courthouse with $140 million.
Detroit highlights its grocery stores
For years, Detroit has had a bad reputation for being a food desert so the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation sponsored a grocery crawl that focused on grocery stores in southwest Detroit. There are 77 grocery stores in the city and 65 of them are independently owned and operated.
Job training for careers in environmental services
Recently BSEED has received a federal grant and is working collaboratively with Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation to bring the Detroit Environmental Employment Program to Detroiters. DEEP will train Detroit residents for environmental construction jobs. Program participants will gain necessary skills and certification to work in the environmental field. At the end of training, participants that successfully complete the training may be matched with employers for an interview. For more information about this program, visit a DESC One-Stop Service Center, or call 313-962-9675.
Nixle Emergency Alerts
Detroit residents can sign up to receive emergency alerts from the Detroit Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (DHSEM) through the Nixle emergency alert notification system. Residents can receive information about critical incidents such as severe weather, evacuation orders, and hazardous situations.
To sign up for the free service, residents can simply text “DETROIT” to 888777, visit the Detroit Homeland Security & Emergency Management website at www.detroitmi.gov/dhsem, then click on Nixle Emergency Alerts, or visit the DHSEM Facebook page. Residents can tailor exactly what information they want to receive and how they want to receive it -- via text, email or cell phone.
What's Coming Up
District 4 Health Fair
Come learn more about the health of your community and what the Detroit Health Department is doing about it on Saturday, November 21, at 10 a.m. Join the Detroit Health Department and Beaumont Health as we have a conversation about the state of health in District 4. For more information, visit the Calendar and Events page and call 313-876-4000.
Come join the Detroit Police Department as members of our department participate in the “I Got Next” Basketball Challenge on Saturday, November 21 at 12 p.m. This event will aid St. Cecilia Catholic Parish with funds to assist the community while mentoring the youth. For more information, visit the Calendar and Events page.
Annual Thanksgiving Dinner
Brothers Always Together have partnered with Williams Recreations Center to host its annual Senior Thanksgiving Dinner on Monday, November 23 at 2 p.m. The dinner is free and you can RSVP by calling 313-628-2039.
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