Lordstown Motors Establishing Research & Development Facility in Farmington Hills

Lordstown Motors establishing R&D facility in Farmington Hills, building on Michigan’s leadership in design and production of autonomous and electric vehicles LANSING, Mich. – Michigan continues...

Detroit Regional Partnership Receives Two IEDC Excellence in Economic Development Awards

DETROIT (October 20, 2020) – The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) honored the Detroit Regional Partnership (DRP) with two gold awards during their 2020 virtual IEDC Annual...

Detroit Regional Partnership Launches Financial Services Interactive Story Map

The 11-county Detroit Region is a historic and growing epicenter for banking, consumer insurance and fintech (financial technology). Overall the financial services industry has grown 24% in the past...

Economic Development Leaders for Michigan Form Partnership to Accelerate State Economy

Leaders aim to grow Michigan’s competitive initiatives with state and local business incentives, reopening, recovery efforts, and reshoring Lansing, Mich., (October 1, 2020) - Economic developers...

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Lordstown Motors Establishing Research & Development Facility in Farmington Hills

Lordstown Motors Corp. , a leader in electric light-duty trucks, is developing the world’s first all-electric pickup truck, the Lordstown Endurance.™ Founded over a year ago, Lordstown Motors officially debuted the Endurance at its Ohio headquarters over the summer and has received more than 50,000 pre-orders for the vehicle.

Lordstown Motors plans to establish an automotive R&D center in Farmington Hills that will consist of offices, space for vehicle inspection and benchmarking, and labs for testing, validation and prototyping. The company’s decision to locate its R&D headquarters in Michigan is part of its long-term vision of establishing an electric vehicle epicenter in the Midwest.

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Detroit Regional Partnership Receives Two IEDC Excellence in Economic Development Awards

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) honored the Detroit Regional Partnership (DRP) with two gold awards during their 2020 Excellence in Economic Development awards ceremony at the IEDC Annual Conference.

DRP received a gold category award for its RED Talent Cluster Program, a project in the Innovation Programs and Initiatives category as well as a gold category award for its Pathway Jobs, a project in Economic Equity and Inclusion category.

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EDLM Leaders aim to grow Michigan’s competitive initiatives with state and local business incentives, reopening, recovery efforts and reshoring

The priority of the EDLM is to drive long-term economic growth and keep Michigan competitive in terms of state and local incentives for business retention, expansion, attraction, startup creation, and support for early stage companies.

The 12-member coalition is led by CEOs with over 350 years of economic development experience. Representing 84% of Michigan’s population and 89% of the state gross domestic product (GDP), the CEOs and organizations include: Paul Krutko, President & CEO, Ann Arbor Spark; Rob Cleveland, President & CEO, Cornerstone Alliance; Kevin Johnson, President & CEO, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation; Maureen Donohue Krauss, President & CEO, Detroit Regional Partnership; Marty Fittante, CEO, InvestUP; Amy Clickner, CEO, Lake Superior Community Partnership; Jennifer Owens, President, Lakeshore Advantage; Bob Trezise, President & CEO, Lansing Economic Area Partnership; James McBryde, President & CEO, Middle Michigan Economic Corporation; JoAnn Crary, President, Saginaw Future; Ron Kitchens, Senior Partner & CEO, Southwest Michigan First; and Birgit Klohs, President & CEO The Right Place, Inc.

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Excel Engineering Opens Engineering and Testing Facility in Detroit Region

Following today’s annoucement that Excel Engineering has opened their second U.S. engineering and testing facility in Van Buren Township, creating an estimated 28 jobs and investing $3 million in the 11-county Detroit Region over the next 12 months.

Excel Engineering was initially discovered through the research conducted by the Detroit Regional Partnership’s (DRP) Business Intelligence Team that identified the company as a potential target. DRP Business Development Manager Carlotta Gmachl lead the project.

“We’re very pleased to welcome Excel Engineering to the Detroit region – with our recent focus on recruiting Research Engineering and Design companies to our ecosystem, our team’s commitment to providing a best in class customer journey remains at the forefront of our services, “ said Maureen Donohue Kraus, President, Detroit Regional Partnership.

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Clearcover Selects Detroit for New Customer Operations Hub

Following today’s approval by the Michigan Strategic Fund, the rapidly growing insurance-tech company Clearcover announced their plans to hire up to 303 employees and establish a new customer operations hub in the city of Detroit, the company’s first large-scale expansion outside of its Chicago headquarters.

“The Detroit Regional Partnership is incredibly excited to welcome Clearcover to the Detroit Region. Clearcover joins a community of innovators in the region who have utilized new technology to improve the customer experience in traditional financial services industry,” said Maureen Donohue Krauss, President & CEO, Detroit Regional Partnership.

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Detroit Regional Partnership Announces Leadership Change: Maureen Krauss Named New CEO, Replacing Barry Matherly

The Detroit Regional Partnership (DRP) announced Maureen Krauss will become its new CEO. Krauss replaces Barry I. Matherly, who will be leaving the region due to family relocation requirements.

Matherly, who joined DRP in November 2018, was DRP’s first CEO and was hired to establish and staff the newly formed organization and develop an economic development strategy (now complete) to diversify Detroit’s regional economy.

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Detroit Regional Partnership Shares Results from Talent Insight Survey

In July, the Detroit Regional Partnership (DRP) launched a survey focusing on finding post-grad job opportunities. Today, Josh Carter, the DRP Business Intelligence Strategy & Development Intern and Student at Michigan State University, shared the findings of the study focusing on the state’s current students & recent college graduates’ career plans (ages 20–30).

To learn more about the Brain Drain findings of the region’s loss of skilled, intellectual and technical talent click below.

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DRP Launches Corporate & Professional Services Interactive Story Map

The Detroit Regional Partnership (DRP) has launched its fourth interactive story map (from a series of seven maps) aimed at diversifying the region’s economy while ensuring access to jobs for all in Southeast Michigan.

With more than 140,000 industry jobs in 2019, the 11-county Detroit Region is a top location for business talent. Corporate and professional services jobs growth in the region outpaced national growth from 2015 to 2019. Fastest growing occupations included a 28% growth in market research analysts and 19% growth in financial analysts.

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Detroit Regional Partnership Makes Statement on Racial Injustice and Discusses Deep Prosperity Initiative

As our hearts and condolences are with the families and community, we must truthfully confront our history of racial injustice before we can take the necessary steps to repair its painful legacy. We in turn must address and deal with the uncomfortable truth of systemic racism.

Deep Prosperity has been part of our original Guiding Principles. As an economic development organization, we strive to ensure intentional engagement for those traditionally left out of economic growth.

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DRP Launches Interactive Mobility and Automotive Industry Cluster Story Map

The Detroit Regional Partnership (DRP) has identified seven targeted industry clusters, incorporating 22 sub clusters, that will diversify the region’s economy, while ensuring access to jobs for all in Southeast Michigan. The Detroit region is globally known for being the motor city and the birthplace of the automobile, making the automotive industry a pillar to the region.

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Covid-19’s Impact on Detroit: A Q&A with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chiacgo's Paul Traub

In May 2020, Angela M. Ladetto, Vice President of Business Intelligence and Research, Detroit Regional Partnership, asked Paul Traub, an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Detroit Branch, a series of questions about how Covid-19 has affected the Detroit region, Michigan, and the U.S. and what may be in store in the coming months.

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Economic Development Week 2020 Digital Campaign

In celebration of Economic Development Week 2020 (May 4–9) — the Detroit Regional Partnership teamed up with local and state partners to launch a digital marketing campaign highlighting the significant work and contributions of economic development leaders across the 11-county region.

Economic Development Week was created by International Economic Development Council to increase awareness for local programs that create jobs, advance career development opportunities and increase the quality of life in communities everywhere.

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Site Selection Magazine Honors the DRP and the DEGC with Distinguished Award

Site Selection Magazine honors the Detroit Regional Partnership (DRP) and the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC) with the Distinguished Mac Conway Award for “Excellence in Economic Development” and job creation.

“At the Detroit Regional Partnership, we consider this a ‘pivotal moment’ to be recognized as one of the top EDOs in the U.S. alongside the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation,” said Barry I. Matherly, President and CEO, Detroit Regional Partnership. “Site Selection Magazine has featured DEGC and DRP among organizations that are the most successful in facilitating job growth and investment for the region. As we continue our mission to market, grow and support the economy of Southeast Michigan; it is a pleasure to see Michigan ranked as the 4th best state for the growth of jobs and investment in their communities.”

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DRP Launches Interactive Logistics Industry Story Map

The Detroit Regional Partnership has identified the strength of the Logistics industry cluster within the region with three targeted sub clusters: Transportation, Warehousing, and Wholesale. With an international border, a top ranked international airport, an extensive network of freeways, and a 500-mile market reach that encompasses almost half of the U.S. and Canadian populations; the 11-county Detroit Region is strategically positioned for logistics companies.

The region has always been a leader and innovator in moving people, products and goods around the world – allowing it to become the logistics powerhouse it is today. Traditionally strong in transportation, the region has experienced momentous growth in warehousing and wholesale in recent years, including 118% growth in general warehousing and storage jobs from 2015 to 2019.

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COVID-19 Resources & Information

The Detroit Regional Partnership has created an online resource center that provides a comprehensive list of information about COVID-19 from public health experts, business preparedness leaders, government officials and more.

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PMBC COVID-19 Emergency Access & Retooling Grants

Do you have the capability to produce critical health & human service supplies, but need assistance in scaling or purchasing equipment? Pure Michigan Business Connect is providing grant assistance to help companies or non-profits begin or ramp up production of critical supplies across a broad range of product categories.

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Motor City Partners with Space City to Recruit Suppliers for New NASA Lunar Rover

The Detroit Regional Partnership is working with NASA to help the space agency identify potential supplier partners for a new lunar rover vehicle for the Artemis Program whose goal is to return people to the moon by 2024.

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The New Head of the Detroit Regional Partnership Meets PWS

Barry Matherly talks to Paul W. Smith about the 2020 business activity in and around Detroit. 

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Inside the “New” Detroit Regional Partnership with CEO, Barry I. Matherly

WXYZ DETROIT — On Sunday, January 19, Spotlight on the News will introduce you to Barry I. Matherly, the leader of the “New” Detroit Regional Partnership.

What are his plans? We’ll also go inside the upcoming 2020 Detroit Policy Conference with Detroit Regional Chamber President & CEO Sandy Baruah and Conference Chair Dennis Archer, Jr. Together, how are they moving our region forward?

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Design and Mobility Could Be Key For Future Jobs in Detroit, SE Michigan

Jobs is the number one focus for Barry Matherly, president, and CEO at the Detroit Regional Partnership, an economic development nonprofit serving Southeast Michigan’s 11-county region. 

Matherly talked with WWJ’s Roberta Jasina, Tom Jordan, Charlie Langton, Vickie Thomas and Murray Feldman about a variety of issues including the focus on future jobs, design, and engineering. 

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Op-Ed: Economic Development Leaders for Michigan (EDLM)

We can’t lose sight of the importance of economic development.

Together, we (EDLM) have over 350 years of economic development experience. Our organizations represent 84% of Michigan’s population and 89% of state gross domestic product. We lead efforts which drive Michigan’s economic engine, generate revenue, and create quality jobs through business retention, expansion and attraction.

We connect businesses with the resources they need to grow by strengthening supply chains, supporting infrastructure improvements, launching entrepreneurs, linking talent and employers, and coordinating state and local incentives that encourage business growth.

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DRP Launches Financial Services Interactive Story Map

With the long-standing financial services industry, the 11-county Detroit Region continues to grow — encompassing a variety of unique community financial districts throughout the region.

Two of the #1 mortgage lenders have their headquarters in the Detroit Region including; the #1 U.S. retail lender (Quicken Loans in Detroit) and #1 wholesale mortgage lender (United Shore in Pontiac). The “big four” accounting firms (Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers) all have a strong presence in the region and recently TCF / Chemical Bank announced plans for a new headquarters in Detroit.

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Clearcover Selects Detroit for New Customer Operations Hub

The Detroit Regional Partnership (DRP) first engaged with Clearcover as part of its Chicago Trade Mission in February 2020. This is when the DRP team learned that Detroit was going to be considered for the company’s new customer operation hub and was engaged as the lead economic development agency to support the company’s investigation of the Detroit market.

The DRP aligned with the MEDC and DEGC to support the location search, including an impactful one-day market visit to Detroit in March 2020. 

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Excel Engineering Opens Engineering and Testing Facility in Detroit Region

Excel Engineering announces the acquisition of the former Ricardo test facility in Van Buren Township, as its second U.S. engineering and testing facility, creating an estimated 28 jobs and investing $3 million in the 11-county Detroit Region over the next 12 months.

Excel Engineering was initially discovered through the research conducted by the Detroit Regional Partnership’s (DRP) Business Intelligence Team that identified the company as a potential target. DRP Business Development Manager Carlotta Gmachl lead the project.

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Detroit Regional Partnership Announces Leadership Change; Maureen Krauss Named New CEO, Replacing Barry I. Matherly

The Detroit Regional Partnership (DRP) announced Maureen Krauss will become its new CEO. Krauss replaces Barry I. Matherly, who will be leaving the region due to family relocation requirements. Matherly will continue with DRP through the end of July as an advisor to Krauss, ensuring a smooth transition.

Matherly, who joined DRP in November 2018, was DRP’s first CEO and was hired to establish and staff the newly formed organization and develop an economic development strategy.

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DRP Launches Research, Engineering & Design Interactive Story Map

There’s nearly 100,000 people employed in the research, engineering & design (RED) industry in the 11-County Detroit Region, with jobs growing 8.1% from 2015-2019. Metro Detroit is #1 for engineering talent density and employs more industrial and commercial designers than any other metro in the United States.

The industry is supported by the third largest R&D university hub in the U.S. with more than $2.3 billion spending annually, clearly demonstrating the region’s strong and growing creative talent to support a hub of innovation.

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Detroit Regional Partnership Shares Results from Talent Insight Survey

The Detroit Regional Partnership’s Business Intelligence Strategy & Development Intern Josh Carter, shared the findings of the recent DRP study focusing on the state’s current students & recent college graduates’ career plans (ages 20–30). His findings revealed that although “Brain Drain” is a perceived issue in the 11-county Detroit Region, the state of Michigan actually falls in the mid-range among all the 50 states.

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auto mobility

Detroit Regional Partnership Launches Interactive Mobility and Automotive Industry Cluster Story Map

The Detroit Regional Partnership (DRP) has identified seven targeted industry clusters, incorporating 22 sub clusters, that will diversify the region’s economy, while ensuring access to jobs for all in Southeast Michigan. The Detroit region is globally known for being the motor city and the birthplace of the automobile, making the automotive industry a pillar to the region.

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Covid-19’s Impact on Detroit: A Q&A with the Chicago Fed’s Paul Traub

Covid-19’s Impact on Detroit: A Q&A with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago – Detroit Branch's Paul Traub

In May 2020, Angela M. Ladetto, Vice President of Business Intelligence and Research, Detroit Regional Partnership, asked Paul Traub, an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Detroit Branch, a series of questions about how Covid-19 has affected the Detroit region, Michigan, and the U.S. and what may be in store in the coming months

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Detroit Regional Partnership Makes Statement on Racial Injustice and Discusses Deep Prosperity Initiative

Like millions of Americans, the Detroit Regional Partnership is deeply disturbed, saddened and frustrated by the racially motivated murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery – who we’ll never forget. As our hearts and condolences are with the families and community, we must truthfully confront our history of racial injustice before we can take the necessary steps to repair its painful legacy.

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DRP Launches Digital Technology Interactive Story Map

The 11-county Detroit Region is known for powering innovation, whether that’s through automotive and mobility or advanced manufacturing, the landscape has always elevated technology.

The digital technology niche of the much broader technology industry is essential to powering the next generation of most businesses. Those industry subclusters in the Detroit Region are defined as software development, systems Ddsign & data storage – all which are growing strongly throughout our region.

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Twenty Percent of the Detroit Region’s Residents Work in Industries Impacted by COVID-19

According to an analysis conducted by The Brookings Institution, there are 63 industries that are suffering immediate effects from the economic shutdown as a result of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Annually, these industries contribute more than $32.5B in GRP and generate more than $21.8 billion in earnings and pay taxes in excess of $5.4 billion.

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‘The Motor City’ Partners with ‘Space City’ to Heighten Awareness for NASA’s Mission to Build the New Lunar Rover

The Detroit Regional Partnership steps up to support NASA by providing a key listing of Detroit automotive leaders, outreach efforts along with RFI distribution.

The RFI presents a winning opportunity to partner with the Houston, Texas community – a leader in energy, and aerospace offering strong infrastructure and support.

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Detroit Regional Partnership targets issues that keep companies away

The Detroit Regional Partnership has formed a problem-solving arm to target issues keeping companies from locating in Southeast Michigan.

It’s inviting groups from higher education, government and the nonprofit and business sectors to participate in solving the issues it’s hearing about from the companies that got away.

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What Are The Talent Clusters in a Talent-Focused World?

Where’s the talent? Ask a corporate executive or a site selection consultant the number-one factor driving location decisions and the response will be skilled labor. If talent is the number-one factor, why do so many economic development strategies focus on clusters of companies versus clusters of talent?

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Detroit Regional Partnership to recruit companies in industry and talent clusters

The Detroit Regional Partnership has solidified the types of industries it will proactively target as it moves full force into marketing and recruitment efforts in the coming year. 

Industries are based on the region’s existing strengths, rather than on aspirations. Not surprisingly, several focus on key strengths developed to serve the automotive industry. 

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The great transformation: From analog to digital, Detroit Regional Partnership leads new business

In the 130-plus year history of the automobile, the Detroit region has been a leader in the global industry. As the shift to electrification and autonomous control begins, Southeast Michigan is poised to keep and attract manufacturers and suppliers in this new era of transportation.

The newly formed Detroit Regional Partnership, a spin-off of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s business attraction efforts, acts as the first point of contact, coordinating efforts among development groups and businesses to stimulate economic growth in the 11-county area.

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New regional economic development nonprofit gets a name, starts meeting with leaders in 11-county area

The economic development nonprofit created by the “no-name” regional CEO group has a new name and has launched a monthlong “listening tour.”

Led by CEO Barry Matherly, the newly named Detroit Regional Partnership is meeting with stakeholders across 11 counties in Southeast Michigan to learn more about economic-development programs and priorities in each.

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From crime capital to America's most exciting city – the remarkable reinvention of Detroit

If Detroit has now turned a page, the chapter began, disastrously, in July 2013 when the city filed for bankruptcy.

For a metropolis that, for the first half of the 20th century, had been the most prosperous and innovative in America, it was the final ignominy.

But hitting rock bottom had a galvanizing effect: artists, entrepreneurs, and investors began to reimagine Detroit, righting the sinking ship.

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New regional economic development group, Detroit Regional Partnership, is up and running

A new organization dedicated to spurring job growth in Southeastern Michigan is up and running. The newly-named Detroit Regional Partnership is charged with creating a world-class marketing and attraction economic development arm for the 11-county region – sending a message to the world that Southeast Michigan is a united region with strong assets.

Led by CEO Barry Matherly, the group kicked off a 30-day listening tour with stakeholders across the 11-county region to learn more about each community’s economic development programs and priorities

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Economic development professionals named to Investment Advisory Council

Nine prominent economic development leaders, including past and present members of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) board of directors, were appointed earlier this month by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross to the Investment Advisory Council (IAC).

IEDC President and CEO Jeff Finkle, CEcD, board member Chris Camacho, and 2016 board chair Barry Matherly, CEcD, FM, HLM were appointed to the 25-member body, with Finkle and Camacho both serving their second term.

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'Jobs for all' goal drives Matherly, Detroit Regional Partnership

During a recent meeting to catch up on his first six months on the job, Barry Matherly, CEO of Southeast Michigan’s new economic development group, pulled out a notebook.

There, in the front cover, were five phrases or aspirations, as he called them, to ground him and his team as they work to develop economic development strategies for Southeast Michigan. Among them was the simple phrase “jobs for all.”

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VIRGINIA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT GURU TO HEAD NEW SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN BUSINESS ATTRACTION GROUP

The still-nameless nonprofit formed by a group of CEOs that’s looking to attract business to Southeast Michigan named its leader, and he’s coming from Virginia.

The regional CEO group led by among others DTE Energy Co. and its top executive, Gerry Anderson, has been planning to launch an economic development organization. The group made news for its regional transit push in the spring and its assertions that Southeast Michigan is lagging behind other regions that have concerted, united attraction efforts in place.

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Nameless regional economic group launches, selects CEO

A group of 15 CEOs from Southeast Michigan and the Detroit Regional Chamber have launched an unnamed regional economic entity dedicated to spurring job growth.

Barry Matherly, who heads a similar organization in Richmond, Virginia, will serve as the nonprofit’s CEO starting Jan. 3, working to attract out-of-state and international companies to the 11-county region. The organization will fill a need to attract new businesses to the region and create a single point of entry to connect businesses interested in opening up shop with the right resources.

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New Regional Economic Development Group Launches, Hires CEO and Forms Board

A new organization dedicated to spurring job growth in Southeastern Michigan has been launched and has hired its first CEO. Barry Matherly will join the group, transitioning from his role as president and CEO of a similar initiative in Virginia, and will lead the effort to ensure that Southeast Michigan’s 11 counties are served by a well-funded, world-class business attraction initiative.

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Justin Robinson, SVP of the Detroit Regional Partnership Joins the Conversation with Crain’s: How Metro Detroit is Ripe for Business?

Justin Robinson, senior vice president, business development at the Detroit Regional Partnership, points out a large labor pool and workforce of approximately 2.65 million people, meaning this region’s workforce is larger than 28 other states

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New regional economic development group gets name

The unnamed regional economic development group started by an unnamed regional CEO group finally has a name.

The Detroit Regional Partnership is up and running in its charge to market the 11-county region of Southeast Michigan and attract out-of-state business investment here, the nonprofit said in a news release Thursday after it kicked off a 30-day listening tour with stakeholders in the region.

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Detroit Regional Partnership, region's new business attraction entity, launches website

The newly-formed Detroit Regional Partnership has launched a website along with its brand and logo.

The idea to create a business development and attraction program began in early 2018 by a group of regional CEO’s, including DTE Energy Chairman Gerry Anderson and General Motors CEO Mary Barra, in partnership with the Detroit Regional Chamber

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Worth Cities 2018

For about three-quarters of a century after it was built in 1912-1913 for the then-daunting sum of $2.5 million, Michigan Central Station, just west of downtown Detroit, was one of the grandest train stations in the nation. A hub of travel throughout the Midwest during World War I and World War II and the arrival point for thousands of immigrants to Detroit, the magnificent Beaux-Arts building also made a statement about the stature of the city itself.

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