Summit shows Detroiters how to prepare for and garner support for neighborhood growth

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The HUB Detroit interviewed Luther King, executive director of Arise Detroit, about the Neighborhood Summit, a Detroit Future City sponsored event that helps residents gain access to information about how they can harness development interest and investments in their neighborhoods.

Opportunity Knocks: Summit shows Detroiters how to prepare for and garner support for neighborhood growth
By: The HUB
The Hub Detroit
09/19/2017
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You know your neighborhood can “be” and “do” better, but getting the necessary resources to support improvement efforts can be challenging even for the most organized block clubs and community organizations in the city.

It’s challenging, but not impossible, says Luther Keith, the executive director of ARISE Detroit! Detroit, a coalition of 400 neighborhood community organizations.

ARISE Detroit’s Executive Luther Keith stands at the helm of one of the largest grassroots gathering of neighborhood leaders informally known as the “Neighborhoods Summit.” This year’s event is expected to draw a record crowd of participants hungry to gain access to information about how they can harness development interest and investments in their neighborhoods.

 “We ‘get’ the difficulties,” emphasizes Keith. “That’s why we created an event to give Detroit residents the tools to overcome the typical challenges that many grassroots and community organizations face. That’s the motivation around our upcoming Creating Neighborhoods of Opportunity summit at Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD).”

The summit, which will be held Saturday, Nov. 4, will feature discussions on steering development to improve neighborhoods as well as promote inclusive and diverse opportunities for job training and neighborhood entrepreneurship.

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