Temper optimism for Detroit with reality

The Detroit News: February 28, 2014

“If Detroit is left to fend for itself, it will face troubles,” Sugrue, the David Boies professor of history and sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, told the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Detroit Policy Conference Thursday. “Region matters now more than ever. Detroit does not have the resources — it has the will — to go it alone.”

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Detroit Regional Chamber launches Startgrid entrepreneur website and platform

MLive: February 27, 2014

The Detroit Regional Chamber has been eager to help foster growth in southeast Michigan’s entrepreneur community…Enter Startgrid, a community platform for entrepreneurs to exchange ideas, gather feedback and make connections. The free website was officially unveiled by the Chamber Thursday at the Detroit Policy Conference. The New Economy Initiative has given the Chamber a $100,000 grant toward its launch.

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Dan Gilbert’s Down Payment on Detroit’s Revival

From: Free Enterprise
February 26, 2014

Sandy Baruah, president and chief executive of the Detroit Chamber, stressed the early role of private investment in creating conditions for the city’s turnaround. “There is not some federal program that is artificially creating this vibrancy,” he said. “These are private dollars coming in, private investors, private businesses, and private individuals who are moving downtown.”

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