The Office of Economic Development works to attract and retain talented professionals impacting Detroit's civic, community and economic development. We foster their growth as leaders, deepening their understanding of and investment in the city.

Detroit Revitalization Fellows

Detroit Revitalization Fellows are talented mid-career leaders stimulating progress within Detroit's civic, community and economic development landscape. This select group of doers engages in a rigorous two-year leadership development program while serving full time at organizations working to further key programs and projects across Detroit and the region.

Detroit Orientation Institute

The Detroit Orientation Institute engages business, community, media, nonprofit, political, civic and student leaders in immersive events that illuminate Detroit and foster connections. Participants visit the city's neighborhoods and key institutions, interacting with change makers as they dig deep into the region's history and current landscape. 

Van Dusen Urban Leadership Forum

The Van Dusen Urban Leadership Forum brings together national experts with existing and emerging local leadership to demonstrate new ways of thinking, sharing and problem-solving in urban communities.