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September 2020

Working with Lots Workshop Series: Bench Building

September 17, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$20

This workshop will walk individuals through the process of constructing a simple wood bench. The hands-on component will include guiding attendees through the different aspects of the construction process, including marking and sawing lumber, drilling holes, assembling a bench, etc. Participants will have the option to choose between using hand tools or power tools.

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October 2020

DFC Economic Equity: Let’s Talk Data (Virtual Event) – Oct. 27

October 27, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

Join the Center for Equity, Engagement, and Research in a conversation about economic equity data. We will explore options for tracking economic equity in Detroit. This virtual event will involve a presentation from Mass Economics and a discussion that will inform the Center’s indicator selections for our upcoming economic equity indicators report. Click here to sign up: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMufu6pqzIuGtOU-YPIcKFNbJkH1j_U22t_  

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April 2021

Working with Lots Workshop Series: Land Acquisition

April 6, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Online / Zoom
Free

The Working with Lots program is kicking off the 2021 season with its annual Land Acquisition session with the Detroit Land Bank Authority and Emerald Isles Community Development Corporation.   Through Zoom, participants will learn some critical information regarding the acquisition process, which includes: - A step-by-step process for purchasing side lots, neighborhood lots and non-side lot vacant lots - How to determine if a lot is for sale - Becoming a community partner and working with existing community partners…

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June 2021

Detroit Future City’s Second Annual Equity Forum

June 24, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Online / Zoom
Free

Join us for the Second Annual Equity Forum! Come and learn about DFC’s work, hear from national experts, and work collaboratively towards a path to economic equity in Detroit. This year’s Equity Forum comes on the heels of the release of DFC’s latest report, “The State of Economic Equity in Detroit," and forum attendees will get a first look at the economic equity dashboard, an interactive tool that will track progress over time. Keynote Speakers: Darrick Hamilton, Ph.D. & Andre…

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December 2021

Growing and Retaining Detroit’s Black Middle Class: An indication of economic equity

December 15, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Online / Zoom
Free

  Since 2010, Detroit has seen little to no growth in its middle-class, resulting in one of the lowest shares of middle-class households in the country. As Detroit works towards a more economically equitable future, it is important to grow and retain Detroit’s African American middle class. Join the Center in a discussion on why growing and retaining the African American middle class in Detroit is an indication of economic equity and hear from local and national leaders that will…

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April 2022

Economic Equity Innovation Series: Increasing Homeownership in Detroit Mortgage Lending

April 20, 2022 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Online / Zoom

As Detroit continues to work toward achieving economic equity, addressing homeownership rates will be a critical component.  To do this we must provide better access to one of the primary pathways to homeownership, the home purchase mortgage. Register today for the second Innovation Series event! During this event, DFC will share current trends, challenges, and solutions in Detroit's home purchase lending followed by a moderated discussion with a panel of  experts that will share insights from their work and from…

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June 2022

Middle Wage Jobs: Data, Challenges, and Best Practices Webinar

June 30, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Online / Zoom

As Detroit continues to work toward achieving economic equity, improving access to quality job opportunities for the 85 percent of residents without a college degree is key. During this lunch and learn webinar session the author of the Middle-Wage Jobs report will provide an overview of the report which reveals trends and challenges facing Detroit’s middle class and offer best practices to help boost access to good jobs for workers who do not have a college degree. An example from…

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August 2022

Understanding the Rental Landscape Webinar

August 25, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Online / Zoom
Free

A major challenge in regulating Detroit’s rental housing market is the lack of data on rental housing in the city. Detroit Future City partnered with Data Driven Detroit (D3) and the City of Detroit’s Housing and Revitalization Department (HRD), to develop a rental study for lead safe homes. Through this collaboration the study focused on classifying landlords within Detroit into distinct typologies to better understand Detroit's rental housing system. Register today for a webinar discussion which will introduce our recent…

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September 2022

Detroit Future City’s 2022 Equity Forum

September 29, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Online / Zoom,

About this event: Detroit Future City (DFC) is hosting its third annual Equity Forum, bringing the community together to inspire innovative ideas and collective action. During this year’s event DFC’s CEO, Anika Goss, will introduce the organizations new strategic plan, which highlights how DFC will work to collectively build a prosperous city with a just and inclusive economy by leading initiatives that disrupt systemic racism to grow wealth for black Detroiters and other Detroiters of color. A dynamic panel moderated…

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November 2022

The 2022 Detroit Reinvestment Index Webinar

November 9, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Online / Zoom,

Detroit Future City is proud to introduce the 2022 Detroit Reinvestment Index, an annual survey that tracks local and national perceptions of Detroit and its economic growth since its historic bankruptcy in 2013. The first report since 2019, the 2022 Detroit Reinvestment Index surveyed Metro Detroit entrepreneurs and national business leaders about shifts in perception in relation to the pandemic and opinions about Detroit as an investment and business opportunity, with a focus on the role infrastructure and amenities play in their…

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