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Detroit Future City sponsors Detroit Policy Conference focusing on city’s resurgence, collaboration

Article Summary

Toni Griffin, a nationally renowned urban planner who led the collaboration between Detroit residents and civic leaders that created Detroit Future City’s (DFC) Strategic Framework, will be speaking at the sixth annual Detroit Policy Conference. The conference is sponsored by the DFC Implementation Office and will host workshops and panels with regional business leaders.

Detroit Policy Conference to focus on city’s resurgence, collaboration
Crain’s Detroit
By: Kurt Nagl
February 13, 2017

Detroit’s resurgence is the subject of this year’s Detroit Policy Conference.

The sixth annual conference hosted by the Detroit Regional Chamber will take place 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 2 at MotorCity Casino Hotel’s Sound Board.

“In 2013, Detroit was thrust into the national spotlight as a city in bankruptcy,” the chamber’s website reads. “The 2017 Detroit Policy Conference will highlight how unprecedented collaboration inspired countless acts that reignited our iconic city’s innovative spirit.”

Gathering the region’s business leaders and partners, the event will feature panels, workshops and guest speakers, including Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, Detroit Police Chief James Craig, Christopher Ilitch, president and CEO of Ilitch Holdings Inc.; and urban transportation policy expert Janette Sadik-Khan.

Nationally renowned urban planner Toni Griffin is scheduled to deliver the keynote address. Griffin was among those who led a collaboration between public and private sectors that created Detroit Future City, a 20-year comprehensive citywide framework for urban transformation.

Click here for the full article in Crain’s Detroit Business.


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