Since emerging from bankruptcy, the city of Detroit has undergone a remarkable transformation. Creative partnerships between corporate leaders, government officials, entrepreneurs and nonprofit organizations have played an important part in the city’s revitalization.

As part of its recent annual Positive Business Conference, the University of Michigan Ross School of Business brought together a group of civic and business leaders to discuss how those partnerships are making a difference, challenges to keeping the momentum going, and what needs to happen to ensure all residents can participate in the city’s growing success.

“If we want all Detroiters to share in the comeback of Detroit, the best way to do that is to create employment opportunities,” Norcia said. “That’s something we’re going to work really hard at as corporate partners.”

The panelists included: Jerry Norcia, DTE Energy president and chief operating officer; Maurice Cox, planning director, city of Detroit; Susan Mosey, executive director, Midtown Detroit, Inc.; and Keith Owens, senior editor, Michigan Chronicle. The session was moderated by Jerry Davis, University of Michigan professor of Management and Organizations.

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