Articles by Dave Blaszkiewicz

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    Strategic Neighborhood Fund harnesses the power of partnerships to revitalize Detroit neighborhoods

    June 1, 2017 by Dave Blaszkiewicz

    Strategic Neighborhood Fund harnesses the power of partnerships to revitalize Detroit neighborhoods

    Photo credit: Alexa Bush.

    Dave Blaszkiewicz is president and CEO of Invest Detroit, a leading source of private-sector financing to support economic and community development in Detroit and a partner in the Reimagining the Civic Commons national initiative.

    With Invest Detroit’s 20-year history of economic development, we’ve learned that sustainable revitalization is based on two key pillars: leverage and leadership. Leverage is created by focusing the toolkits of collaborative partners on development strategies; and leadership is moving the process forward while being aligned with community partners and objectives. In Detroit, this premise is well represented by initiatives where the public, private and philanthropic sectors have worked together to provide the leadership and support which today is driving momentum in Greater Downtown.