Detroit Future City FAQs

What is Detroit Future City?

DFC was formed to serve as the steward of the DFC Strategic Framework, which articulates a 50-year shared vision for Detroit’s future and recommends specific actions and resources for developing a vibrant and sustainable Detroit.

Does DFC have a plan?

DFC stewards the Framework, and has developed a five-year strategic plan focused on four key areas driven by key principles and shared values that will be implemented over the next five years.

What does DFC do on a daily basis?

Our role is to steward the equitable implementation of the recommendations made in the Strategic Framework through providing access and information to Detroiters, informing and guiding decision-makers’ initiatives and projects, and coordinating the collaboration of key stakeholders.

How is DFC governed?

DFC is led by Executive Director Anika Goss-Foster and is governed by an independent board of directors that represents the diverse interests and priorities of the people of Detroit.

What are the priorities of DFC?

DFC’s actions over the next five years are segmented into three categories:

•Land Use and Sustainability

•Community and Economic Development


How will DFC fulfill these priorities?

DFC will fulfill these priorities by:

•Convening stakeholders from the public and private sectors to conduct research and to develop best practices.

•Proving maintenance support and technical assistance to local land stewards.

•Identifying incentives and funding mechanisms to encourage green infrastructure improvements and entrepreneurialism.

•Ensuring input from Detroit residents.

What are the services offered by DFC?

The services provided to initiatives that meet DFC’s criteria include: strategy, project management, data analysis, research, strategic coordination, engagement, communication, education, and concept development.

What criteria does DFC use to determine the projects that will be offered its support and services?

Projects must:

•Demonstrate impact.

•Demonstrate alignment with the DFC Strategic Framework.

•Inform – or be informed by – best practices that advance the recommendations of the DFC Strategic Framework.

Additional project criteria taken into consideration include:

• Involving multiple DFC Strategic Framework elements and/or strategies.

• Being geographically aligned with the DFC Strategic Framework.

• Having community support.

•Having a clearly defined timeline.

How is DFC funded?

DFC has been funded by the Kresge Foundation, the Erb Family Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, the Americana Foundation and the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation.

What is DFC’s relationship with the City of Detroit and the Mayor’s Office?

DFC has a strong, collaborative, working relationship with the City of Detroit and the Mayor’s Office. The City of Detroit is one of the many community partners involved with helping to implement the DFC Strategic Framework. Representatives from the City of Detroit serve on the DFC board and as members of working groups.

What other organizations can I connect with to learn about projects that are impacting Detroit?

DFC is dedicated to empowering Detroiters by connecting them to local organizations that provide tools and resources that encourage the resurgence of land stewardship. Our local partnerships are geared toward achieving the recommendations of the DFC Strategic Framework, engaging communities and improving the quality of life for all Detroiters. Check out our programs to learn more about these local partnerships. You can also contact us at

DFC Strategic Framework

The Blueprint for Detroit's Future
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