In July, State Budget Solutions (SBS) went to the Motor City to host and participate in two panels and community outreach that highlighted the local people who are helping to rebuild Detroit. Our two events, “Detroit Rising” and “Hope for Cities on the Brink,” featured members of the community and policy leaders who came together to tell a different story about the city.
In case you missed the recap, check out this month’s SPN News cover story that featured our Detroit efforts. Here’s a brief excerpt:
“At the same time, leaders from state think tanks, including the Mackinac Center, Illinois Policy Institute, California Policy Center, and Texas Public Policy Foundation, joined the Manhattan Institute, State Budget Solutions, and activists across the free-market network in Detroit. They hit the ground to tell behind-the-scenes stories of the entrepreneurs who are rebuilding the iconic city.
They visited community activists, artists, social entrepreneurs, tech start-up whiz kids, private security forces, and neighborhood revitalization leaders. Time after time, the same message resonated: Detroit is on the rise. It is a city of doers. We aren’t waiting for government to rush in and save us.”
SBS will continue telling the story of Detroit’s rebuilding during a panel at SPN’s 22nd Annual Meeting in Denver, Colo. later this month, titled “Community Change Agents: Coalition Case Study from Detroit.” Along with Rachel Kopec of the SPN and Holly Carter of SBS, the panel will feature two seasoned community engagement veterans, the Manhattan Institute’s Michael Allegretti and the Commonwealth Foundation’s Dawn Meling. For more information, click here.