A Letter from Anika Goss-Foster, Executive Director of Detroit Future City 

February 1, 2016

My first month on the ground at the Detroit Future City (DFC) Implementation Office as its new Executive Director has been both inspiring and motivating. As a third generation Detroiter and having worked in the community development sector locally and nationally, I have maintained a great deal of respect for the forward-thinking DFC Strategic Framework.

What’s become even more apparent in the last month is the immense expertise and innovation possessed by the team that comprise the DFC Implementation Office. The transformative work they are stewarding to bring the Framework to life is evident.

The impactful actions that are driving this work for the last couple of years have been incubated in the DFC Implementation Office and hatched throughout the city in a variety of ways. The office works to cultivate a coalition of multi-sector stakeholders, from civic to community, that have distinct and different interests using the Framework as a guide.

This process is not a sprint. It’s a marathon. And, the work we are introducing in the next few months illustrates how the DFC Implementation Office, and the Framework we help steward, can provide thoughtful and informed strategic recommendations to help achieve a sustainable Detroit and a better quality of life for Detroiters.

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