The New Economy Initiative of Southeast Michigan, the Detroit Chamber of Commerce and The Skillman Foundation are pleased to present the findings from a new report from Global Detroit.
The Global Detroit Study is an effort to understand the role and impact foreign-born residents have on the region’s economy and to define strategies to enhance their role in revitalizing older neighborhoods and transitioning the region to a new economy. Written by Steve Tobocman, former State Representative, and assisted by an Advisory Board of 38 regional leaders drawn from business organizations, universities, ethnic business chambers, advocacy groups and foundations, the Global Detroit Study documents those positive contributions, as well as investigates the realities that dispel the fears and myths surrounding the role of immigrants in the regional economy.
The Global Detroit Study outlines a comprehensive strategic plan that can build upon regional and historic assets to help return Michigan to economic prosperity. The study envisions a wide-range of activities that welcome and retain foreign-born residents and investment into the region, as well as help position the transformation of the economy in southeast Michigan. The study’s results were based upon academic research, interviews with national and local experts, best practice visits to other large metro areas and dozens of local interviews. The study explores eleven strategies that the region can implement to fully harness the economic and social impact of the Southeast Michigan immigrant population.