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July 12, 2022
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ICYMI: TIME names Detroit as one of the greatest places in the world in 2022
LANSING, Mich. – Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist II celebrated Detroit’s selection as one of The greatest places in the world in 2022. The announcement highlights the success of investments in the city of Detroit and its people made by public and private entities, which has helped the city earn recent honors such as the 2024 NFL Draft, top emerging startup ecosystem , and more.
“The Motor City is on the move and will continue to showcase the world as a premier destination to live, work, play and visit,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “Already recognized as the number one emerging ecosystem for startups and selected as the home of the 2024 NFL Draft, Detroit continues to grow, attracting talent, events and investment from across the country and around the world. In Michigan, we will continue to push the agenda on the kitchen table issues that matter most so we can continue to grow the state’s economy, ensure families have a great quality of life at a good cost of living. and take advantage of our rich and diverse culture. . Detroit’s history over the past century is one of resilience and strength, and the future looks bright.
“As a Detroiter, it means the world to me,” said Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist II. “Detroit is one of the best places to raise a family, enjoy world-class entertainment, and live a full life. It’s full of diverse, talented, spirited, resilient, and deeply friendly people. It’s a center of arts, culture and innovation, where Detroiters pursue their dreams and blaze new paths to a bright future. Governor Whitmer and I are proud of the strong partnership we have forged with the people of Detroit and we celebrate this unique achievement. We are committed to continuing our work to put Detroit not only on the list of best places, but at the very top.”
In addition to showcasing destinations, TIME also highlighted its selection as the site of the nation’s first electric vehicle charging route announced by Governor Whitmer in 2021, cementing its title as the Motor City for the Modern Age.
“Detroit really is the classic definition of a great American city, and not just because it’s Michigan’s largest city,” said Wayne County Executive Warren Evans. “What powers Detroit is the same energy that powers Wayne County; the inherent strength of our cultural and ethnic diversity, our history of facing and overcoming near crippling adversity, and our fierce spirit. The Spirit of Detroit is a flame that can never be extinguished.
“It is gratifying that TIME has recognized what Detroit residents have always known: that Detroit is a great city with an extraordinary history,” said Mayor Mike Duggan. “We still have work to do, but Detroit is in the midst of a true renaissance – a renaissance that many thought was impossible just a few years ago. Thanks to the efforts of city residents and employees, and the support of our business and philanthropic community, the reinvestment that began in our downtown has spread to neighborhoods across the city.Opportunities are more abundant and equitable today than at any time in the past. history of our city. It all adds up to more people seeing Detroit as a great place to live, work, visit and invest.”
“Visitors come to Detroit to experience our world-changing music scene, the heartbeat of American innovation, and vibrant culinary possibilities, but they fall in love with the people and stories of our region,” said Visit Detroit President and CEO Claude Molinari. “Visit Detroit proudly carries our role in attracting millions of visitors each year, and now that TIME has named Detroit one of the greatest places in the world, we look forward to welcoming even more.”
The TIME article highlights many foodie destinations that are unique to Detroit, including the midnight templeRosemary, What is Crackin, and Bashan. Each of these restaurants offers authentic cuisine from various cultural backgrounds. In addition to Detroit’s cuisine, TIME also encouraged tourists to visit Detroit’s plethora of museums, including the Motown Musuem, which is set to reopen this summer after a $55 million renovation and expansion. For more information on places to explore in Motor City, click here.
From “tragedy” to one of the “greatest places in the world”
In 2009, Detroit was featured in a TIME special report titled “The Detroit Tragedy – How a great city fell and how it can rise againwhich gave a year-long look into Detroit’s past and a hopeful look into its future.
Detroit Recognized as the Number One Emerging Startup Ecosystem
In addition to being named one of the most beautiful places in the world, Detroit has been named the world’s first “emerging ecosystem” for startups by Startup Genome.
This comes just months after Governor Whitmer joined private and public partners to announce a $126 million investment in the Michigan Central Innovation District. This new neighborhood, anchored by Michigan’s iconic Central Station, will serve as a globally recognized hub for talent, mobility innovation, entrepreneurship, sustainability, affordable housing, small business opportunity and community. community engagement. The State of Michigan, coordinated by the Office of Future Mobility and Electrification, will support the launch and growth of programs in the district that create conditions for high-skill job creation, startup growth, venture capital and technology commercialization, among other activities.
The report looked at four different categories: performance, funding, connectivity and talent. Detroit received a perfect score in three of those categories and an eight in funding.
Detroit Innovation Center
The Detroit Innovation Center (DCI) will be a world-class center for research, education and entrepreneurship. It is a collaboration between the University of Michigan, related companies and Olympia Development to advance community development focused on innovation and talent, propelling job creation in the city and at scale of the state and inclusive economic growth. Funding of $100 million for the DCI was also included in the bipartisan budget signed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
The DCI will be anchored by the University of Michigan, which will operate an approximately $300 million, 200,000 square foot center focused on academic programs and research related to fields in which advanced technology is increasingly essential. Development of the Innovation Center will also include a new hotel, retail space on the surface facing Woodward, more retail development along Columbia Street, and affordable, market-priced residential space along Park Avenue.
World Economic Forum Global Center for Urban Transformation
In August, the World Economic Forum announced a new Urban Transformation Center with Governor Whitmer, headquartered in Detroit. The Center seeks to increase public-private collaboration in cities and advance more inclusive and sustainable urban development models.
This includes mobilizing the global business community and other stakeholders to engage expertise and resources in support of local communities, promoting inclusive urban development models, and exploring new approaches to expand urban services and economic opportunities in low-income and traditionally marginalized communities.
Selected to host the 2024 NFL Draft
In April, Governor Whitmer and Lieutenant Governor Gilchrist II joined the National Football League (NFL), Detroit Lions and local leaders to announce that the city had been chosen to host the 2024 NFL Draft. The selection came a year after Governor Whitmer and numerous other partners urged the NFL to consider Detroit for the event. The NFL selection reflects the spirit of Detroit and marks another great organization making a historic investment in Michigan.