Doing Development Differently in Detroit
Doing Development Differently in Detroit (D4) is a diverse coalition of community, environmental, faith and organized labor organizations united to strengthen metro Detroit through meaningful community engagement in the creation of sustainable “win-win” economic development strategies and public policy. We seek engagement at all levels through dialogue, leadership development, collaboration and new models for organizing around good jobs, safe workplaces and quality of life issues.
Economy, Environment and Equity: Driving the Community Benefits Movement in Detroit | D4 and the Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice have been awarded a $400,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to build the capacities necessary to collectively reframe and intervene in regional economic and policy debates leading to strategies that create family-supporting, quality jobs and sustainable communities. The partners will work together to achieve equity, sustainability, transparency and accountability as development comes to Detroit. Engaging residents and other community stakeholders is at the center of the work.
On November 20th the Detroit City Council passed a resolution sponsored by council member Joann Watson supporting a Community Benefits Agreement on new medical warehouse and distribution center at the Henry Ford hospital. The council action — which included a delay in approving Henry Ford’s rezoning — request has helped push serious negotiations between the health system and the West Grand Boulevard Collaborative.
D4 Supported Campaigns
West Grand Boulevard Collaborative (WGBC)
D4 has been assisting the WGBC in their negotiations with Henry Ford Hospital Systems for a CBA relating to the hospital’s proposed investment in a medical supply distribution center to be built in their community – the first of what will be a multi-million dollar investment in the WGBC neighborhoods. D4 partners will work with WGBC to assist with various issues including construction and the impact on community, jobs/job training and job readiness, environmental concerns including air quality and truck traffic, social responsibility in business practices, social justice around property acquisition and safety and security.
New International Trade Crossing (NITC)
D4’s NITC campaign supports the community-led Southwest Detroit Community Benefits Coalition (CBC) that has been working on behalf of hundreds of residents and other community stakeholders to identify the community’s needs for mutually beneficial development in exchange for hosting this $1.8 billion infrastructure project. This project will bring economic growth to the Detroit region as well as redevelopment to the neighborhoods of Southwest Detroit. The CBC, with support from its D4 partners, is working to negotiate a Community Benefits Agreement that addresses jobs and business opportunities, housing, health, environmental concerns and other quality of life issues for those impacted by the project.
Good Jobs/ Good Food
Led by ROC- Michigan and its partners, this campaign focuses on linking basic food quality and workplace standards to Detroit’s liquor licensing process. The Good Food, Good Jobs Act would promote community-oriented, equitable economic development as well as access to healthy food and family-sustaining jobs. Other efforts are directed toward supporting ROC’s work to wind improved working conditions and opportunities for the advancement of the region’s 134,000 restaurant works, many of whom work for low pay with little or no benefits.