Event 1: The Making of a Great City

Ideas For Innovation

About The Event

April 14, 2015 @ 6:00–8:00pm
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
315 East Warren Avenue Detroit, MI 48202

In order to truly allow innovation to flourish within the city, what are the key ingredients needed for success? Speakers from Detroit and around the country will discuss some of these key ingredients, including alignment around a shared vision, strong civic leadership, commitment to civic design and participatory implementation.

Keynote Speaker:

Roxanne Qualls, Assistant to the Provost for Civic Affairs at Xavier University, Former Mayor and City Councilmember of Cincinnati


Jenn White, Host of All Things Considered on Michigan Radio


Gary Brown, Chief Operating Officer, City of Detroit
Khalil Ligon, Southeast Michigan Outreach Coordinator, Alliance for the Great Lakes
Dayne Walling, Mayor of Flint

Event Publication

The Making of a Great City Publication [PDF]

Michigan Radio’s “The Next Idea” (media partner)

Click here to read the essay “I Can’t Wait 50 Years to Live Well in my Detroit Neighborhood” by Khalil Ligon, Southeast Michigan Outreach Coordinator for the Alliance for the Great Lakes

Click here to listen to the interview on “Stateside with Cynthia Canty” with Khalil Ligon and Dara O’Byrne, DFC Implementation Office Land Use Working Group Convener

 Event Videos

Below are videos from Ideas for Innovation: The Making of a Great City