A new “supergroup” called “One D: Transforming Regional Detroit” unites six Detroit-area groups in the quest to revitalize the region.
The organizations are New Detroit, the Detroit Regional Chamber, the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau, Detroit Renaissance, United Way for Southeastern Michigan (see the post on the UWSEM Voice as well) and the Cultural Alliance of Southeastern Michigan (is this the last organization without a web site in America?).
The groups claim that what has been lacking in past efforts to transform Detroit has been sufficient collaboration between organizations which together can make transformation possible, and a scope that encompasses the entire Southeast Michigan region working as a whole. They will focus on several areas, including establishing mass transit, restructuring the economy, and improving education and the region’s quality of life and present a plan for action at the annual policy conference on Mackinac Island in May 2007. There will also be a special 30-minute special broadcast on WTVS-TV56 at 7 p.m. on Monday, November 20. (if anyone finds a YouTube post of this, we’d love to hear about it!)
The editorial below suggests that business leaders (and funders) noticed that all six groups were working on strategic plans to better conditions in Metro Detroit, often duplicating each other’s efforts.
Read Six Southeast Michigan Civic Organizations Coordinate Efforts for Transforming Region from Yahoo News and also see One D offers hope for regional solutions in the Detroit News.
Update Nov 17, 2006: Michigan Radio‚Äôs Jack Lessenberry interviews Doug Rothwell of Detroit Renaissance and then in his essay on One D, Jack is skeptical of the effort and suggests calling on the Michigan Legislature to pass the one thing that would make a difference: a metropolitan government combining Wayne County and Detroit into one governmental unit, as they have in Miami and Nashville and Indianapolis.