Detroit Regional Partnership: COVID-19 Resources and Information

Communities, businesses and families across the country are grappling with the impacts associated with COVID-19, and the Detroit Regional Partnership (DRP) is continuing to track the latest...

GIS Planning Overview

The Detroit Regional Partnership recently launched a comprehensive properties portal on its website, allowing potential investors to easily access site selection data. Utilizing the award-winning...

Detroit Regional Partnership Announces New Hires

The Detroit Regional Partnership, an economic development nonprofit focused on marketing the region to out-of-state and international companies, is pleased to announce the hiring of multiple team members.

German Developer and Manufacturer Announces First North American Operations Facility in Detroit Region

Detroit Region Selected over a Competing Location in Georgia

AKASOL Expected to Generate $40M Investment and Create 224 Jobs


COVID-19 Information, Best Practices & Resources

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.


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.


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. 


Research, Engineering, and Design: The Talent Cluster in a Talent-Focused World

Economic development organizations that identify their “talent clusters” can help companies to find the skilled labor they require.


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?


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. 


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?


‘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.


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


Detroit Regional Partnership to recruit companies in industry and talent clusters

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

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


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.


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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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.


'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.”


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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.



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.


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.