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About our Detroit Strategy

Knight Foundation is driving Detroit’s revitalization by investing in places that accelerate talent and advance opportunity. Some of our initial investments emphasize the Eastern Market and TechTown districts, but we are also seeking prototype investments in other areas of Detroit primed to accelerate talent and advance opportunity.

We invest in residents—including immigrants and entrepreneurs—as drivers of economic growth, job creation and neighborhood revitalization. In this area, investments will primarily accelerate the work of intermediaries such as the New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan and Global Detroit.

We invest in innovation in governance and civic capacity, supporting the emergence of a new civic infrastructure following Detroit’s bankruptcy. We seek to work in partnership with the public and private sectors, and are especially interested in projects that strengthen civic engagement.

If you’re interested in our arts program, learn more about our arts strategy and Knight Arts Challenge Detroit.

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We invest in civic innovators who help cities attract and keep talented people, expand economic opportunity and create a culture of engagement.






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Detroit Community Advisory Committee

• Sheila Cockrel
• Phillip Cooley
• Lisa Dancsok
• James Feagin
• Stephen Henderson
• Sarida Scott