Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s 2018 State of the City address


>>>GOOD EVENING. WELCOME TO OUR SPECIAL COVERAGE
OF DETROIT MAYOR’S STATE OF THE
CITY ADDRESS.>>THIS IS THE MAYOR’S FIFTH
ADDRESS. HE IS EXPECTED TO DISCUSS HOW TO
IMPROVE EDUCATION IN THE CITY,
AMONG OTHER THINGS. HE’S ACTUALLY ALREADY TAKEN THE
STAGE. LET’S GO AHEAD AND LISTEN IN TO
WHAT HE HAS TO SAY.>>– BY MRS. PATRICK DUGGAN
BACK IN TH 1920s THIS
COMMUNITY HAS BEEN VERY
IMPORTANT FOR A VERY LONG TIME. I WANT TO SAY TO THE PRINCIPAL
HERE, ANGEL GARCIA, AND TO THE
WESTERN HIGH SCHOOL COMMUNITY —
THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR HOSTING
ME, DR. VIDI, THANK YOU FOR THE
INTRODUCTION EARLIER. AND THIS IS GOING TO BE MAYBE A
KIND OF A STATE-OF SPEECH YOU
AREN’T USED TO. IT’S NOT GOING TO BE A LOT OF
RHETORIC. IT’S GOING TO BE A LOT OF
SUBSTANCE. I WANT TO TALK TO THE PEOPLE OF
DETROIT AND SAY WE HAVE A CLEAR
DIRECTION OF WHERE WE WANT TO GO
THE NEXT FOUR YEARS AND I WANT
TO TALK TO YOU TODAY IN GREAT
DETAIL ABOUT WHAT I SEE. BUT YOU HAVE TO START WITH WHERE
WE COME FROM. AND, THE PEOPLE WHO ARE MAKING
IT POSSIBLE. AND AT THIS POINT, I WOULD LIKE
TO ASK THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THIS
CITY’S CABINET TO STAND UP AND
BE INTRODUCED. THEY ARE WORKING 80-HOUR WEEKS,
THEY ARE DOING A GREAT JOB. FOR OUR 18 MEMBERS OF CABINET,
PLEASE STAND UP. [APPLAUS THANK YOU FOR YOUR
SERVICE. SO, WHERE DO WE COME FROM? THE NUMBERS I STILL CAN’T GET MY
MIND AROUND. THE 10 YEARS BEFORE I WAS
ELECTED, THIS CITY LOST 244,000
PEOPLE. IN 10 YEARS. AND SO, HOW BIG IS THAT? WE LOST 26%. THAT SAME DECADE, THE CITY OF
NEW ORLEANS HAD KATRINA. THE CITY LARGELY FLOODED. IN THE SAME DECADE NEW ORLEANS
HAD KATRINA, NEW ORLEANS ONLY
LOST 17% OF THEIR POPULATION. THAT’S HOW DEVASTATING THE
FINANCIAL AND SERVICES CRISIS
WAS TO THIS CITY. AND IF YOU LOOK AT THE 10
LARGEST POPULATIONS, CITIES, IN
MICHIGAN TODAY, DETROIT’S THE
LARGEST. GOES DOWN TO LEVONIA. YOU KNOW WHAT THE SECOND LARGEST
CITY WOULD BE? THE PEOPLE WHO LEFT DETROIT IN
10 YEARS. THEY WOULD CONSTITUTE THE SECOND
LARGEST CITY IN MICHIGAN. THAT’S WHAT WE ARE DEALING WITH. SO THAT MANY PEOPLE LEFT. IT LEFT BEHIND A CITY WITH THE
HIGHEST UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IN THE
UNITED STATES. IT LEFT BEHIND THE HIGHEST
POVERTY RATE. THE HIGHEST MURDER RATE. AND LEFT US IN A POSITION WHERE
WE WERE UNABLE TO PAY OUR BILLS. AND SO, WHEN I WAS SWORN IN FOUR
YEARS AGO, WE WERE STILL LOSING
A THOUSAND PEOPLE A MONTH. WHEN I STOOD HERE FOUR YEARS
AGO, I SAID GIVE US SIX MONTHS. PEOPLE THOUGHT I WAS CRAZY. WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO IN SIX
MONTHS? WE HAD TO STOP THE EXODUS. THERE’S NO WAY TO RUN THE CITY. I THINK I CAN GET THE
STREETLIGHTS ON. THE POLICE OUT. THE GRASS CUT IN THE PARKS. I WANT TO PAUSE AND THANK YOU
WHO STAYED. THAT WAS A GREAT MAJORITY
BECAUSE THAT DEPARTURE HAS
SLOWED TO A TRICKLE. I WANT TO TALK TO YOU TODAY
ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO SEE
BECAUSE YOU DID STAY. I WANT TO START WITH THE FUTURE
WITH THE ONES WHO HAVE BEEN MOST
FORGOTTEN IN THE LAST DECADE AND
THAT IS OUR CHILDREN. IT SEEMED LIKE EVERY TIME THERE
WERE BUDGET CUTS WHAT HAPPENED? SCHOOLS WERE DEVASTATED, PARKS
WERE CLOSED, REC CENTERS WERE
CLOSED. YOUTH PROGRAMS WERE CUT BACK AND
A HUGE PORTION OF THOSE 244,000
PEOPLE WHO LEFT WERE PARENTS
WITH SCHOOL-AGED KIDS. SO, WE ARE GOING TO START TODAY
BY SAYING TO THE CHILDREN — WE
WANT YOU TO STAY. AND FOR THOSE WHO DID STAY — WE
MAKE A REAL COMMITMENT. THE FIRST COMMITMENT WE MADE WAS
THAT EVERY DETROIT CHILD WHO
GRADUATES FROM A HIGH SCHOOL IN
DETROIT WILL HAVE COLLEGE
GUARANTEED TO BE PAID FOR. THAT’S A DETROIT PROMISE AND WE
HAVE IMPLEMENTED THAT. [APPLAUS WE BECAME THE FIRST
MAJOR CITY IN AMERICA WITH A
COLLEGE TUITION GUARANTEE. TODAY WE HAVE 1822 KIDS ENROLLED
TODAY IN COLLEGE UNDER THE
PROMISE. 723 IN COMMUNITY COLLEGE, 459 IN
FOUR-YEAR UNIVERSITIES. [APPLAUSE] AND I WANT TO SAY
THANK YOU TO SANDY FROM THE
DETROIT REGIONAL CHAMBER,
GOVERNOR SNYDER, RICH BAIRD AND
THE WHOLE TEAM THAT RAISED THE
MONEY TO GET THIS STARTED. THAT WAS REMARKABLE. AND NOW WITH THE ACTION OF CITY
COUNCIL, A LITTLE BIT OF ALL OF
THE PROPERTY TAX GROWTH THAT
EVERYBODY HERE PAYS GOES INTO
THE SCHOLARSHIPS PERMANENTLY. SO CHILDREN WHO ARE EIGHT, 10,
12 YEARS OLD KNOW THAT IF THEY
STUDY HARD, THE DETROIT PROMISE
WILL BE THERE FOR THEM. SO WHAT IT MEANS IS THIS. THAT — WE ARE GOING TO MAKE
SURE THAT OUR KIDS NOT ONLY GO
TO SCHOOL, THEY SUCCEED AT
SCHOOL. BECAUSE ACROSS THE COUNTRY,
PARTICULARLY AT COMMUNITY
COLLEGE, DROP-OUT RATES ARE
ASTRONOMICAL. WHAT WE SAW AS A PROBLEM, WE
ADDED COACHES WHO FOLLOW OUR
YOUNG PEOPLE TO COLLEGE AND
HERE’S WHAT THEY FOUND. LAST YEAR, 63% OF THE KIDS WHO
STARTED THE FIRST YEAR OF
COMMUNITY COLLEGE MADE IT TO THE
SECOND YEAR BECAUSE THESE
COACHES. DOUBLE THE NATIONAL AVERAGE. OUR KIDS ARE SUCCEEDING. AND IN THE FOUR-YEAR SCHOOLS AND
I KNOW I SEE PRESIDENT ROY
WILLIAMS HERE, WE ARE HAVING
GREAT SUCCESS AT WAYNE STATE. 89% ARE DOING THIS. WE HAVE SMART KIDS WHO JUST NEED
THE OPPORTUNITY. AND SO FOR OUR HIGH SCHOOL
SENIORS, YOU ARE GRADUATING THIS
MAY. SIGN UP NOW. GO TO DETROIT PROMISE.ORG. IF YOU ARE ACCEPTED TO A
COMMUNITY COLLEGE, YOU HAVE TWO
YEARS’ TUITION GUARANTEED. IF YOU GET A 3.0 GRADE POINT
AVERAGE, OR A 21 ON YOUR A.C.T.,
FOUR-YEAR UNIVERSITY TUITION
GUARANTEE. [APPLAUSE] AND, AS ONE OF OUR
SUPPORTERS LIKES TO SAY, ANYBODY
THINKING ABOUT SELLING THEIR
HOUSE IN DETROIT, AFTER YOU PUT
THE CENTURY 21 SIGN IN YOUR
FRONT LAWN, YOU OUGHT TO PUT ANOTHER SIGN. WITH THIS HOUSE COMES A FREE
COLLEGE EDUCATION BECAUSE THAT’S
WHAT IT MEANS TO BE IN THE CITY
OF DETROIT. [APPLAUSE]
>>I TALKED TO DR. VIDI AND I
SAID WHAT CAN I DO TO BE
HELPFUL? HE SAID THE BIGGEST THING WE
NEED RIGHT NOW IS OUR CAREER
TECHNICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM. IT’S JUST BEEN DEVASTATED OVER
THE YEARS SO WE PUT TOGETHER A
PARTNERSHIP. WITH JERRY ANDERSON AND D.T.E. AND THE RALPH WILSON FOUNDATION. GOT $10 MILLION IN DONATIONS TO
REBUILD THE RANDOLPH CENTER. ALL NEW EQUIPMENT AND NOW, OUR
YOUNG PEOPLE ARE LEARNING
ELECTRICAL AND PLUMBING AND
CARPENTRY AND NEXT YEAR WILL ADD
ROBOTICS AND WELDING. WE ARE DOING IT RIGHT HERE IN
THE CITY OF DETROIT. [APPLAUSE] 300 KIDS ENROLLED
THIS FALL. 400 MORE NEXT YEAR. AND IN THE FALL OF 18, WE WILL
RAISE ANOTHER $9 MILLION FOR THE
BRIGHT HOPE CENTER FOR ALL OF
THESE PROGRAMS. [APPLAUSE] SO THOSE WHO DON’T
WANT TO GO TO COLLEGE WHO MAY
WANT TO GO LATER HAVE ANOTHER
CAREER AND THANK YOU TO QUICKEN
FOR THE $1 MILLION THAT GOT US
GOING. BUT THE BIGGEST THING I WANT TO
TALK TO YOU ABOUT RIGHT NOW IS
THE ROLE OF THE MAYOR AND SPORT
FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION. BECAUSE, IN THIS CITY, WE HAVE
TODAY 198 SCHOOLS. 11 DPSCD AND 86 CHARTER. AND I HAVE SAID MANY TIMES I
BELIEVE IN CHOICE. I THINK WE NEED TO HAVE QUALITY
D.P.S. SCHOOLS AND WE NEED TO
HAVE QUALITY CHARTER SCHOOLS AND
I AM GOING TO SUPPORT BOTH OF
THOSE AND SO, TONYA ALLEN AND
150 VOLUNTEERS JUST CAME OUT WITH SOME RECOMMENDATIONS AND
THEY ASKED THE MAYOR TO GET
INVOLVED. SO, LAST WEEK, I’M NOT IMPOSING
MYSELF ON ANYBODY, I INVITED ALL
OUR CHARTER OPERATORS AND
DR. TAYLOR, PRESIDENT OF THE
SCHOOL BOARD, AND DR. VIDI, AND
WE HAD A MEETING. AND I SAID LET’S TALK ABOUT
WHETHER YOU WANT ME INVOLVED AND
I’M ONLY GOING TO ACT IF YOU
WANT ME TO. AND HERE’S THE FIRST THING. PARENTS NEED TO HAVE INFORMATION
TO CHOOSE THEIR SCHOOLS. WHERE THERE USED TO BE SOMETHING
AT EXCELLENT SCHOOLS DETROIT
THAT FELL BY THE WAYSIDE, THE
STATE WAS SUPPOSED TO DO
SOMETHING WHICH HASN’T BEEN
DONE. SO I SAID WHAT IF WE DO THIS? WHAT IF WE GOT REPRESENTATION
FROM D.P.S. AND THE CHARTERS. FROM THE PARENT COMMUNITY AND
ACADEMICS, AND WE PUT OUT REPORT
CARDS THAT PARENTS COULD RELY ON
EVERY YEAR. WE DID IT TOGETHER SO PARENTS
HAD A BASIS FOR COMPARING. WOULD YOU ALL SUPPORT THAT? AND THEY SAID IF THE STATE GETS
BEHIND THAT, WE WOULD LIKE TO
HAVE YOU PLAY THAT ROLE. THAT WAS VERY INTERESTING. I’VE GOT THE MOST FASCINATING
MEETING. IT’S ALMOST HISTORIC. THEY ARE GETTING ALONG. I’LL SHOW YOU THE REASON WHY THE
MEETING WENT SO WELL. BECAUSE, 32,000 DETROIT CHILDREN
TODAY ATTEND SCHOOL OUTSIDE OF
THE CITY. 51,000 TODAY GO TO DPSCD. 35,000 ATTEND CHARTERS. AND 32,500 GOT UP THIS MORNING
AND WENT TO SCHOOL IN A SCHOOL
IN THE SUBURBS. AND THAT SAYS THAT WHAT WE ARE
DOING IS NOT WORKING. AND SO — WHAT I — WHETHER THE
PARENTS FEEL WE DON’T HAVE GOOD
ENOUGH SCHOOLS OR WHETHER IT’S
TRANSPORTATION I’M NOT SURE. AS WE POINT OUT, THERE ARE SOME
GOOD TRANSPORTATIONS. WHEN WE LOOK AT THAT, ISN’T THAT
A GREAT SCHOOL BUS SYSTEM? COVERS THE WHOLE CITY OF
DETROIT. THAT SCHOOL BUS SYSTEM IS THE
RIVER ROUGE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
SCHOOL BUSES. I’M GOING TO SAY THAT AGAIN. THAT LITTLE GREEN IN THE BOTTOM
IS THE THREE SQUARE MILES OF
RIVER ROUGE. AND THEY RUN 200 MILES OF BUS
ROUTES THROUGH THE CITY OF
DETROIT EVERY DAY. NOW LEAVE ASIDE THE EDUCATION
POLICY OF THE STATE THAT
ENCOURAGED THAT. MY QUESTION IS WHY IS IT
WORKING? SO WHAT I SAID TO THE D.P.S. AND
CHARTERS IS, IT’S WORKING
BECAUSE WE AREN’T WORKING
TOGETHER. WE HAVE LOTS OF SCHOOLS NEARBY
WHO COULD SHARE RESOURCES. SO I SAID LET’S TAKE AN AREA IN
NORTHWEST DETROIT. SAY SOUTHFIELD, AND WE HAVE
ABOUT A DOZEN CHARTER AND D.P.S. SCHOOLS. LET’S HAVE A COMBINED BUS ROUTE
THAT SERVES BOTH OF THEM. AND MAYBE IT LOOKS LIKE THIS. THIS ISN’T A FINAL ROUTE. BUT GIVES YOU AN IDEA OF HOW THE
BUS ROUTE COULD WORK. THEY DO THIS IN DENVER. WE WILL FUND IT A THIRD WITH
PHILANTHROPE PEA, A THIRD
THROUGH THE CITY AND A THIRD
THROUGH THE SCHOOLS. IF YOU LIVE IF THIS PART OF
NORTHWEST DETROIT, YOU CAN GO TO
ANY OF THESE 10 SCHOOLS. YOU WALK OR RIDE TO THE NEAREST
SCHOOL, YOU GET ON THE BUS AND
IT T. CAN TAKE YOU TO THE
ACHIEVEMENT ACADEMY ON THE WEST
SIDE OVER TO BAGLY IF THEY HAVE
A MATH PROGRAM THAT YOU LIKE. YOU CAN CHOOSE ANY SCHOOL IN
THIS AREA. WE WILL RUN THE BUSS IN TWO
DIRECTIONS SO THAT THE RIDE
WON’T TAKE TOO LONG AND WE WILL
MAKE A COMMITMENT TO FIVE YEARS. WE ARE GOING TO MAKE CHOICE
AVAILABLE SO THEY AREN’T BEING
BUSSED AN HOUR AWAY TO RIVER
ROUGE. AND THEY SAID — WE LIKE THAT
IDEA. BUT IT’S NOT ENOUGH. ONE OF THE PROBLEMS WE HAVE IS
WE GOT PARENTS WHO GET HOME FROM
WORK AT 5:00, BUT THEIR KIDS GET
OUT OF SCHOOL AT 3:00. WE NEED A PLACE FOR THESE
CHILDREN TO GO. WHAT IF EVERYBODY ON THIS LOOP
GOT TOGETHER? YOUR LOOP’S GOT THE NORTHWEST
ACTIVITY CENTER. WHAT IF YOU RAN LICENSED DAY
CARE AFTER SCHOOL? THE CHILD COULD GET ON THE BUS,
RIDE TO THE NORTHWEST ACTIVITY
CENTER, STAY THERE UNTIL 5:00 OR
5:30 IN A SAFE ENVIRONMENT, RIDE
THEIR LOOP BACK. AND NOW EVERY SCHOOL HAS THAT
PROGRAM. AND THEN ANOTHER ONE SAID WELL
WAIT A MINUTE, THAT’S NOT
ENOUGH
WE CAN’T RUN EIGHT DIFFERENT
ROBOTICS PROGRAMS. BUT WHAT IF WE CAME TOGETHER AND
HAD AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS LIKE
ROBOTICS OR SOFTWARE
PROGRAMMING? ART? OR MUSIC? AND SOMEBODY SAID HOW ABOUT IF
WE JUST HELP THE KIDS WITH THEIR
HOMEWORK? WHAT IF WE ALL CAME TOGETHER? AND PROVIDED THOSE KINDS OF
AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS ON THESE
ROUTES? AND SO — THIS IS THE CONCEPT WE
ARE TALKING ABOUT. WE ARE SHOOTING TO GET IT DONE
THIS FALL. I DON’T KNOW IF IT WILL BE SIX
SCHOOLS OR 12 SCHOOLS BUT I CAN
TELL YOU FROM THE ENTHUSIASM
THAT IF WE COULD GET D.P.S. AND
THE CHARTER WORKING TOGETHER AND
COLLABORATING, WE COULD PROVIDE GOOD CHOICES RIGHT HERE IN THE
CITY OF DETROIT. AND MY RULE IS GOING TO BE TO
SUPPORT THEM NOT TO CHOOSE SIDES
BETWEEN THEM. AND IF THIS WORKS WE ARE GOING
TO REPLICATE THESE ROUTES IN ONE
AREA AFTER ANOTHER IN THE CITY
SO YOU NEVER AGAIN HAVE A KID
RIDING AN HOUR ON A BUS TO GO TO
ANOTHER LOCATION. [APPLAUS ONE OF THE OTHER
PROGRAMS OF COURSE GROW
DETROIT’S YOUNG TALENT AND WHAT
DO THE KIDS DO DURING SUMMER. I WANT IT THANK ALL OF OUR
BUSINESS COMMUNITY AND THE LIKE. BUT YOU CAN, 8,000 KIDS,
ENROLLED LAST SUMMER. IF YOUR COMPANY WANTS TO HIRE US
GO TO GDYT.ORG. IF YOU ARE A CHILD WHO WANTS TO
SIGN UP, WE HAVE SUMMER JOBS
WITH CAREER TRACKS FOR YOU. YOU WILL BE COVERED NOT JUST
DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR BUT
DURING THE SUMMER AS WEL
ONE OF THE BIGGEST ISSUES WE
FACE A MAKING DETROIT SAFER. I WANT TO TALK IN DETAIL ABOUT
OUR PLANS TO REDUCE GUN VIOLENCE
AND EVERYTHING STARTS WITH THE
OFFICERS WE HAVE LOST IN THE
LAST TWO YEARS THAT WE ARE NEVER
GOING TO FORGET. CAPTAIN KEN STYLE, CORPORAL
MYRON JARET, WAYNE STATE
SERGEANT COLIN ROSE AND THIS
LAST MONTH, OFFICER GLENN DOSS
JR. AND OFFICER DARIN WEATHERS
AND WE NEVER FORGET OFFICER JOHNSON WHO IS STILL IN A COMA
FIGHTING FOR HIS LIFE. THEY SACRIFICE FOR SOMETHING
THEY LOVED. TO MAKE THIS CITY SAFER FOR
EVERYBODY. AND THE REASON THEY DID IT IS
THEY KNOW THAT WE ARE MAKING
PROGRESS. THEY KNOW THAT THEY MADE A
DIFFERENCE. AND — I AM JUST SOMEBODY WHO
GOES BY FACTS. AND HERE WERE THE HOMICIDES. IN 2012, 386. HIGHEST HOMICIDE RATE IN THE
COUNTRY. WENT DOWN TO 332. AND THEN LAST YEAR, 267. WE ARE DOWN 30% IN THE LAST FIVE
YEARS. WE ARE NO LONGER THE HIGHEST
HOMICIDE RATE IN THE COUNTRY,
BUT IT’S NOTHING TO BE PROUD OF. BECAUSE NOW WE AREN’T TALKING
ABOUT WHO IS THE HIGHEST. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE
NATIONAL STANDARDS. WASHINGTON DC HAD 116 HOMICIDES
LAST YEAR. BOSTON HAD 49. WASHINGTON DC AND BOSTON HAVE
POPULATIONS ALMOST THE SAME SIZE
AS OURS. OK? EVERY CITY IN AMERICA DOES NOT
LIVE WITH THIS VIOLENCE. BUT WE WENT TO BOSTON, WHICH
SUCCEEDED ON A PROGRAM CALLED
CEASE-FIRE. WE BROUGHT IT HERE AND I WANT TO
TALK TO YOU ABOUT IT TONIGHT IN
SOME DETAIL. YOU MIGHT HAVE HEARD A LITTLE
BUT, WE HAVE BEEN RUNNING IT,
TALKING DIRECTLY TO THE
CRIMINALS. WE HAVEN’T SO MUCH TALKED ABOUT
IT IN PUBLIC. LET ME TALK ABOUT WHAT WE HAVE
DONE. WE TOO PRECINCTS FIVE AND NINE
ON THE EAST SIDE. WE STARTED PUTTING IN DEDICATED
GUN UNITS OF 12 OFFICERS,
GATHERED GANG INTELLIGENCE JUST
ON THAT. AND WE HAD A CONCEPT OF GROUP
RESPONSIBILITY. WE ALMOST ALWAYS KNOW WHICH
GROUPS ARE BEEPING WITH EACH
OTHER. IF ONE GROUP IS INVOLVEED IN A
SHOOTING WE PUT THOSE 10 TO 12
OFFICERS ON EVERYBODY RELATED TO
THAT GROUP. WE GOT COORDINATED LAW
ENFORCEMENT ACROSS ALL FRONTS. I’M REALLY PLEASED TO SEE
MATTHEW SCHNEIDER HERE TONIGHT,
THE U.S. ATTORNEY. THE U.S. ATTORNEY IN DETROIT IN
THE LAST FIVE YEARS HAS HAD THE
BEST RECORD IN AMERICA IN
BUSTING LOCAL DRUG AND GUN GANGS
AND I APPRECIATE THE ONGOING
COMMITMENT. [APPLAUSE] BUT WE ARE PARTNERED
WITH KIM WORTHY IN THE PROS
KITE’S OFFICE, THE STATE
DEPARTMENT, WE ALL WORK
TOGETHER. EVERY COUPLE OF MONTHS WE BRING
IN 30 PEOPLE THAT WE THINK ARE
LIKELY VIOLENT OFFENDERS. WE BRING THEM INTO A CHURCH AND
THE U.S. ATTORNEY AND THE
PROSECUTOR AND I SIT AND TALK
WITH THEM. AND THESE ARE THE SO-CALLED
CEASE-FIRE CALL-INS. AND WE SAY TO THESE INDIVIDUALS
— WE HAVE A LOT OF LAW
ENFORCEMENT COMING AFTER YOU IF
YOU COMMIT A CRIME WITH A GUN. WE ALSO HAVE RESOURCES FOR YOU. WE’VE GOT JOB TRAINING. WE’VE GOT SCHOOL. WE’VE GOT HELP WITH YOUR
DRIVER’S LICENSES AND IT’S A
VERY POWERFUL EVENING. FOR AN HOUR WE TALK ABOUT THE
CHOICES OF PRISON AND THE
CHOICES OF WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH
YOUR LIFE. USUALLY IT ENDS WITH A MOM WHO
HAS LOST A SON. TALKING ABOUT THE PAIN THAT’S
CAUSED. AND IF YOU CAN SEE WHAT OCCURS
AND AT THE END OF THE NIGHT,
THESE YOUNG INDIVIDUALS SIT DOWN
AND EAT DINNER. WITH THE POLICE AND THE LIKE. AND, A COMBINATION OF THE GUN
ENFORCEMENT WAS FIRST IN THOSE
PRECINCTS. THEN WE ADDED SIX, EIGHT AND 12. HOW IS IT WORKING? HERE ARE THE PRECINCTS THAT
DIDN’T HAVE CEASE-FIRE ON
HOMICIDE LAST YEAR. THEY ROSE 4%. HERE ARE THE PRECINCTS THAT HAD
CEASE-FIRE. DROPPED 26%. ON THE NONFATAL SHOOTINGS, THE
PRECINCTS THAT DIDN’T HAVE
CEASE-FIRE WERE OK. DOWN 8%. THE PRECINCTS THAT HAD
CEASE-FIRE, DOWN 15%. THIS PROGRAM IS WORKING. SO IN JANUARY WE EXTENDED TO
PRECINCTS 4 AND 7 AND BY THE END
OF THIS YEAR WE WILL GO INTO
EVERY PRECINCT. WE KNOW WHAT THE STRATEGY IS. BUT IT’S A PERSON-BY-PERSON
DECISION AND PARTNERSHIP WITH
THE CLERGY IS ABSOLUTELY
CRITICAL. THE PARTNER WITH THE JOB
TRAINING PROGRAM IS CRITICAL. EVERY MONTH FIVE OR SIX KID GAS
TO COMMUNITY COLLEGE TO GET A
JOB. ONE OF THEM IS COOKIN NOW AT A
DOWNTOWN RESTAURANT. ANOTHER IS A SUPERVISOR ON AN
ASSEMBLY LINE. THERE’S A LOT OF TALENT AND WE
ARE DOING OUR BEST TO GET THEM
GOING THE RIGHT DIRECTION. THEN OF COURSE, GREEN LIGHT
300 BUSINESSES IN THE LAST TWO
YEARS. AND SO NOW, WE ARE STARTING TO
DEVELOP A CORRIDOR. SO INSTEAD OF INDIVIDUAL
FLASHING GREEN LIGHTS YOU WILL
MORE AND MORE SEE ENTIRE
CORRIDORS WITH THE MORE SUBDUED
KIND OF LIGHTIN
AND, THESE CASES ARE BEING MONITORED, REAL TIME, AT POLICE
HEADQUARTERS. AND ALMOST EVERY WEEK, WE GET A
CASE WHERE SOMEBODY GETS A
LICENSE PLATE, A SHOOTER, AN
I.D. OFF OF ONE OF THESE, AND WE
HAVE TAKEN OFF IN THE LAST MONTH
CARJACKERS, ARM ROBBERS, IN SEVERAL CASES BECAUSE THIS IS
WORKIN
AND SINCE IT’S GOING LIVE TWO
YEARS AGO CARJACKING, WHICH IS
OUR TARGET, WE HAD 516. THIS IS 303. THIS ISN’T JUST AT GREEN LIGHT
STATIONS, THIS IS ACROSS THE
CITY. WE HAVE SEEN A 40% REDUCTION IN
CARJACKINGS. [APPLAUSE] SO, TO THOSE
INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE BEEN OUT
THERE, THE NEIGHBORS HAVE BEEN
GREAT. YOU DON’T HAVE TO EXPLAIN TO THE
PUBLIC THE VALUE OF THIS. GREEN LIGHT COSTS $8 OR $10
BUCKS A DAY TO A BUSINESS. IF YOU ALREADY HAVE CABLE, IT’S
$5 OR $6 BUCKS A DAY. THE NEIGHBORS HAVE GONE OUT TO
SOME OF THESE TROUBLED PLACES
AND HAVE HELPED PERSUADE THESE
DIFFERENT BUSINESSES TO DO IT. WE ARE PROBABLY GOING TO HAVE
500 BY THE END OF THE YEAR AND
WE THINK WE ARE GOING TO MAKE A
DIFFERENCE. WE’VE GOT ANOTHER 141 D.P.D. POSITIONS IN THE BUDGET THAT I
HOPE WILL BE ADOPTED IN THE NEXT
COUPLE WEEKS BY CITY COUNCIL. 150 OFFICERS BEING TRAINED IN
THE POLICE ACADEMY. THEY WILL BE ON THE STREET
PROTECTING US. WE ARE PUTTING THEM INTO THE
GREEN LIGHT. WE ARE PUTTING THEM INTO
CEASE-FIRE AND WE CAN DO THIS. IF WE STAY WITH THIS PROGRAM. SO — TO CHIEF CRAIG AND ALL THE
MEN AND WOMEN IN THE DETROIT
POLICE DEPARTMENT, THANK YOU FOR
ALL THAT YOU ARE DOING. [APPLAUSE]
>>>SOMETHING THAT I KNOW
EVERYBODY ON THIS STAGE SHARES
WITH ME IS TO MAKE SURE THAT
THOSE WHO STAYED IN DETROIT —
WANT TO TALK ABOUT THOSE WHO STAYED — CAN STAY IN THEIR
HOMES. AND WE REMEMBER THIS INCIDENT
WELL THAT HAPPENED IN GRISWOLD
IN 2013 THAT NOT ONLY DID THE
LAST ADMINISTRATION SUPPORT IT,
BUT THE COUNCIL VOTED A TAX
ABATEMENT TO MOVE OUT WHAT HAD BEEN SUBSIDIZED HOUSING. AND, THIS IS A WOMAN I MET BY
THE NAME OF STELLA BUCHANAN WHO
WAS IN THAT PROPERTY. GOT PUSHED OUT. SHE LIVED MOST OF HER LIFE IN
DETROIT. GRADUATED FROM SOUTHEASTERN. WORKED AT D.P.S., I MEAN, WORKED
AT D.P.S., WORKED AT CHRYSLER. RETIRED. GOT HER A LITTLE APARTMENT IN
DETROIT. 48 YEARS, EVICTED FROM GRISWOLD,
MOVED TO THE INDUSTRIAL SENIOR
BUILDING. NOW, WHEN THE H.U.D. CREDIT
EXPIRE, USUALLY THEY ARE FOR 15
OR 20 YEARS. THE OWNER OF THE BUILD SOMETHING
ENTITLED TO MOVE SUBSIDIZED
RENTS OUT AND PUT THEM IN. THAT HAPPENED TO HER AT
GRISWOLD. SHE WENT TO THE INDUSTRIAL
BUILDING ON WASHINGTON. THEY TOLD HER CREDITS RAN OUT. SHE COULD BE MOVING AGAIN. AND SHE SAID TO ME — I CAME
DOWNTOWN WHEN THERE WAS NOTHING
BUT ME AND THE PIGEONS. SHE SAID — THERE WAS NOTHING
HERE. NOW WE G PARKS, CAMPUS MARTIUS
AND — WHAT’S THE OTHER —
BEACON PLACE WHERE I CAN GO AND
LISTEN TO MUSIC, I CAN GO OVER
TO AVALON AND GET A SALAD, TIM
HORTON’S AND GET A COFFEE. PEOPLE ON THE STREET. NOW IT FEELS LIKE THE CITY I
LOVE IS PUSHING ME OUT. WE SAID THAT CAN’T HAPPEN. ARTHUR AND I SAT DOWN WITH THE
BUILDING, AND SAID WE GOT A NEW
POLICY. WE ARE NOT GOING TO MOVE PEOPL
AND, THEY AGREED. AND WE GOT A COMMITMENT THAT
MISS BUCHANON AND ALL 127 OF HER
FELLOW CITIZENS WILL BE ABLE TO
STAY IN THAT APARTMENT AT LOW
RENT ‘TIL THE YEAR 2047. SO, IS STELLA BUCHANAN HERE? MISS BUCHANAN, THANK YOU. YOU TOLD ME YOU PLAN TO STAY THE
WHOLE 30 YEARS. [APPLAUSE] SO, WE GOT THAT
BUILDING DONE AND THEN WE SAID
BUT THIS IS HAPPENING ALL OVER
THE CITY. WE COULD HAVE A COUPLE OF
THOUSANDS OF THESE. WE WENT TO VILLAGE CENTER AND
EXTENDED THEIRS. THEN WENT TO RYAN COURT AND
EXTENDED THEIRS UNTIL 2046 AND
THEN TO RESTORATION TOWERS IN
NORTHWEST DETROIT UNTIL 2031 AND
THIS ONE UNTIL 2031. RIVER CREST OUT ON THE EAST SIDE
NEAR ME AT 2046. BUILDING OWNER BY BUILDING
OWNER. MOST WERE GREAT IN WANTING TO DO
THIS. BUT WE ARE SAYING TO FOLKS FOR
THE NEXT 30 YEARS, YOU CAN BE
SURE THAT YOU CAN STAY HERE. AND ONE OF THE MOST INTERESTING
IS — THIS ONE, MILNER, WAS
NEVER A SUBSIDIZED PROGRAM. BOUGHT BY THE PEOPLE I GAVE A
LITTLE BIT OF DIFFICULTY TO
ABOUT THAT BUILDING ON GRISWOLD. THEY CAME TO ME AND SAID WE
BOUGHT THIS APARTMENT. I SAID THAT’S NOT H.U.D. SUBSIDIZED. THERE’S NO RULES HERE. THEY SAID WE WANT TO SET A
DIFFERENT STANDARD. EVEN THOUGH WE ARE USING OUR OWN
MONEY TO RENOVATE IT AND IT’S
NOT H.U.D. SUBSIS AVENUE
SIDIZED, EVERY PERSON IN THIS
APARTMENT MAKING LESS THAN
$40,000 WILL HAVE IT AT A SUBSIDIZED RATE FOR THE REST OF
THEIR LIVES [APPLAUSE SO WE ARE
STARTING TO BUILD A DIFFERENT
CULTURE. 1772 PEOPLE LIKE STELLA BUCHANAN
NOW KNOW THEIR HOMES ARE
PROTECTED FOR ANYWHERE FROM 15
TO 30 YEARS BECAUSE YOU STAYED. AND WE ARE GOING TO MAKE SURE
THAT YOU KNOW THAT YOU ARE
VALUED. [APPLAUSE] BUT, KEEPING WHAT WE
HAVE ISN’T ENOUGH. AND SO, WE NEED TO BUILD MORE
UNITS. AND SO WE MADE A COMMITMENT AND
NOW WITH THE SUPPORT IN
PARTICULAR OF COUNCIL MEMBER
SHEFFIELD, YOU WANT TO BUILD A
NEW UNIT WITH OUR SUPPORT. 20% HAS TO BE AFFORDABLE. AND SO THIS BEAUTIFUL BUILDING
IN MIDTOWN, 40% OF THE UNITS ARE
AFFORDABLE. AND THIS ON THE RIVERFRONT? ANOTHER 20%. THIS IS GOING UP RIGHT NOW IN
THE NEW CENTER AREA AT 20%. THE TREYMORE APARTMENTS, 28
UNITS AT MIDTOWN, 100%
AFFORDABLE. SO I WEST TO THE OPENING OF THE
TREYMORE AND I GOT A CHANCE TO
MEET A FELLOW BY THE NAME OF
ANTONIO MCCLURE. HE CAME UP AND HE SAYS — I WANT
YOU TO MEET MY DAUGHTER. HE HAS A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD ALMIRY
AND SIXTH-YEAR-OLD ALISSA. HE SAYS I GREW UP IN DETROIT
BUT, I CARE ABOUT MY DAUGHTERS. I SHARE CUSTODY WITH THEIR MOM. I PICK THEM UP FROM SCHOOL EVERY
DAY. THEY STAY WITH ME TWO DAYS A
WEEK. I NEED TO HAVE A PLACE THAT THEY
CAN BE PROUD OF. HE WORKS AS A VALET AT THE MOTOR
CITY CASINO. SO HE SAYS I WAS IN THE SUBURBS
BUT I WANTED TO BE IN THE CITY
BY WHERE I WORKED. HE SAYS AND WHEN I FOUND THESE
AFFORDABLE HOUSES, THESE
AFFORDABLE APARTMENTS AT THE
TREYMORE THAT I CAN HAVE THIS
BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN MIDTOWN
DETROIT AND BRING MY DAUGHTERS AND BE CLOSE TO WORK AND BE
PROUD, HE SAYS I CAME BACK HOME. WE MAY HAVE LOST 244,000 BUT WE
GOT THREE BACK. ANTONIO, YOU AND ALMIRA AND
ALISSA HERE? WELCOME BACK. [APPLAUSE] THIS IS THE CITY THAT
WE ARE WORKING TO BUILD. 600 NEW AFFORDABLE UNITS ARE
READY AND NOW WE ARE GOING TO
RAISE $250 MILLION TO SAVE
10,000 MORE UNITS THAT ARE
COMING UP IN THE COMING YEARS
LIKE STELLA BUCHANANS, BUILDING 2,000 MORE. AND WE HAVE ALREADY IDENTIFIED
$50 MILLION IN CITY FUNDS. WE ARE RAISING $50 MILLION IN
PHILANTHROPIC FUNDS AND WE ARE
GOING FOR LOW-INTEREST LOANS SO
THAT PEOPLE LIKE MAJOR
FOUNDATIONS CAN MAKE A
LOW-INTEREST LOAN. THE BUILDER CAN BORROW LOW
INTEREST AND PASS THOSE SAVE
SOMETHINGS ALONG IN SUBSIDIZED
RATES. WE BELIEVE WE CAN RAISE THIS. THIS IS WHAT CITY — A CITY
NEEDS TO DO IF YOU ARE GOING TO
BUILD A CITY THAT’S MEANT FOR
EVERYBODY. THE OTHER THING IS — WE ARE
GOING TO NEED THE AFFORDABLE
HOUSING FOR ALL THE JOBS MOVING
BACK. RIGHT? SO, DETROIT’S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE
WAS 28% IN 2009. AND, CNN DID A STUDY THAT SAID
FLTHAT YOUR SOLUTION, IF YOU LIV
IN DETROIT AND YOU WANTED A JOB
— THAT WAS THE SOLUTION. MOVE. 29% UNEMPLOYMENT RATE. YOU DON’T HAVE A CHANCE. I WAS WORKING AT D.M.C. AT THE
TIME, ONE OF THE FEW PEOPLE
HIRING. I WOULD DO THE ORIENTATION OF
THE NEW EMPLOYEES EVERY MONTH. AND THE STORIES WERE AMAZING. I WORKED AT A FACTORY. AUTO PLANT FOR 20 YEARS. GOT LAID OFF. TOOK MY BUY-OUT AND WENT TO
NURSING SCHOOL. BECAME A NURSE. I WORKED AT A BANK AS A BANK
TELLER AND THE BRANCH CLOSED. AND WHEN IT DID, I WENT AND
LEARNED TO RUN AN M.R.I. MACHINE. WHAT YOU HAD TO DO IN 2009 TO
GET A JOB IN THIS CITY WAS
HEROIC. AND SO, THAT WAS WHAT CNN HAD TO
SAY. BUT, THREE YEARS OUT OF
BANKRUPTCY, THINGS ARE A LITTLE
DIFFERENT. BECAUSE THOSE WHO STAYED HAVE
SEEN SOME REMARKABLE THINGS IT. FIFTH THIRD BANK MOVING THEIR
HEADQUARTERS. 500 JOBS. ALLIED BANK. MICROSOFT OPENING IN THE CITY OF
DETROIT. THE TWO LARGEST SEAT MAKERS. LEAR ADDED THEIR DESIGN CENTER
AND ADIAN MOVING FROM MILWAUKEE
RIGHT ACROSS FRO COBOL TO BE
PART OF THE CITY. [APPLAUSE]
>>SO THE MAJOR BUSINESSES
STARTED TO COME DOWNTOWN, BUT
NOW WE SERING THEM STARTING TO
SPREAD OUT A LITTLE BIT. SO THE OLD ABANDONED REDFORD
HIGH SCHOOL, YOU REMEMBER THIS,
IS NOW A MEIJER’S EMPLOYING 275
PEOPLE. AND, SOUTHWESTERN HIGH SCHOOL,
TERRIBLY A I BAN DONED, LEFT
WESTERN AS THE ONLY D.P.S. SCHOOL IN THIS PART OF DETROIT. IT’S NOW A NEW 500 EMPLOYEE AUTO
PARTS PLAN MAKING PARTS FOR FORD
AND G.M. CALLS CALLED SOKTI. THIS ABANDONED SITE ON ROSA
PARKS IS NOW A HEALTH CARE
WAREHOUSE EMPLOYING 140 PEOPL
THESE ARE THE JOBS THAT ARE
MOVING IN. THIS ABANDONED I-94 INDUSTRIAL
PARK, SOMETHING THAT THEY PLAYED
A KEY ROLE IN HAS 150 JOBS. AND RIGHT NEXT DOOR, A STEEL
COMPANY. THEY JUST OPENED A NEW PLANT
LAST WEEK WITH ANOTHER 125
WORKERS. IN SOUTHWEST DETROIT. NOT FAR FROM HERE. 200,000 SQUARE FOOT LOGISTICS
CENTER. THIS ALL HAPPENED IN THE LAST
THREE YEARS. FORD MOVING 220 EMPLOYEES INTO
CORK TOWN. DID YOU EVER THINK YOU WOULD SEE
THE DAY ALL THESE FOLKS ARE
MOVING IN? AND FLEXINGATE WILL BE THE
LARGEST PARTS PLANT IN THE CITY
IN 20 YEARS IN THE HIGHEST
UNEMPLOYMENT AREA IN THE CITY. IN THE LAST FOUR YEARS WE HAVE
HAD MORE THAN 25 COMPANIES OF
100 TO 500 JOBS MOVE INTO THE
CITY. WE HAVE NOT SEEN THIS TYPE OF
MOVEMENT IN THE CITY IN DECADES. IT’S BEEN GOING THE OTHER WAY. RIGHT? [APPLAUSE]
>>SO – NOW HERE’S A QUESTION. A QUESTION THAT EVERYBODY UP
HERE ASKS EVERY DAY. WE GOT ALL THESE COMPANIES
COMING BACK. WHO IS GOING TO GET THE JOBS? YOU KNOW WHAT MY ANSWER IS GOING
TO BE. HOW ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO STAYED? RIGHT? [APPLAUSE] CAN WE, AS A CITY,
GIVE THE PRIORITY OF THE PEOPLE
WHO STAYED? AND SO, HERE’S WHAT WE HAVE
DONE. AND WE ARE CENTERING ALL OF THE
ACTIVITY FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO
STAYED INTO SOMETHING WE CALL
DETROIT AT WORK. ALL OF THE JOB-TRAINING PROGRAMS
ARE CENTERED IN ONE PLACE. WE HAVE TAKEN THE C.E.O.s OF
EVERY MAJOR COMPANY THAT IS
HIRING IN DETROIT. THEY ARE ALL ON THE BOARD SAYING
— THESE ARE THE JOBS WE NEED
FILLED NOW. AND IF YOU WILL TRAIN FOR THEM,
WE WILL HIRE DETROITERS. AND SAY WELL OK. WHAT KIND OF JOBS ARE YOU
TALKING ABOUT? WELL I CAN TELL YOU THIS. TODAY, 4,000 JOBS OPEN TODAY THE
DETROIT AT WORK CAN PLACE YOU
IN, CAN TRAIN YOU FOR, IN ORDER
TO FILL THEM. AND SO, HERE’S ONE. HEALTH CARE. D.M.C. ST. JOHN’S. HEN ROW FORD. COULDN’T TRAIN THEIR NURSE
ASSISTANTS AND TECHS. SO I SAID OK, I TELL YOU WHAT. IF YOU WILL COMMIT TO HIRING 240
DETROITERS, WE WILL TRAIN THEM. WE WENT TO OAKLAND UNIVERSITY
NURSING SCHOOL AND THE OPERATOR
OVER ON OAKLAND NEAR DAVISON AND
WE HAVE NOW HAD 110 PEOPLE
GRADUATE THE FOUR TO NINE-WEEK
CLASS. [APPLAUSE] 91% OF THE FIRST TWO
CLASSES HAVE ALREADY BEEN PLACED
AND I GO TO THE GRADUATIONS AND
IT IS SO POWERFUL TO HEAR THESE
INDIVIDUALS SAYING I WAS
UNEMPLOYED. I LEARNED SO MUCH IN THIS
TRAINING. AND ONCE YOU GET IN AS A NURSE
ASSISTANT, YOU CAN DO SO MANY
THINGS IN HEALTH CARE. YOU CAN GO INTO RESEARCH. YOU CAN GO INTO — YOU CAN
BECOME AN R.N. YOU CAN GO INTO IMAGING. THERE’S ALL KINDS OF
OPPORTUNITIES AND I SAID WHEN
THEY GRADUATE, IN THIS WORLD
TODAY, YOU EARN WHAT YOU LEARN. YOU START OUT IN A 13 OR 14 AN
HOUR WITH BENEFITS, THAT IT’S
ALL RIGHT. BUT PICK UP OTHER SKILLS AND YOU
WILL BE INTO ONE LEVEL AFTER
ANOTHER. THAT’S WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO
BUILD. TRANSPORTATION TRAINING. WE ARE RUNNING TRAINING PROGRAMS
FOR DRIVERS. WE HIRED 55 YOU THIS THIS
PROGRAM AT DDOT LIKE SEAN MARTIN
LIKE YOU SAW EARLIER. ANOTHER HUNDRED SNOWPLOW AND
ROAD PATCHING HAVE BEEN HIRED. 91 OVER THE ROAD TRUCKERS. WE CAN’T FILL THESE POSITIONS. THEY ARE AVAILABLE NOW. 275 PEOPLE WE HAVE TRAINED IT
AND PLACED AT MEIJER AND ANOTHER
MEIJER IS COMING IN LAFAYETTE
PARK. WE’LL HAVE MORE OPPORTUNITIES. SOMEBODY LIKE MEIJER’S. ALL RIGHT. IN TECHNOLOGY, 29 TRAINEES IN
PLACE AT QUICKEN FOR PEOPLE WITH
SKILLS ON THE TECH SIDE AND THEY
CAN’T HIRE ENOUGH. MANUFACTURING, D.M.S. OVER AT
96th AND SOUTH FIELD, ALREADY
236 EMPLOYEES. SO WHATEVER KIND OF JOB IS IN
YOUR HEART, THERE’S A GOOD
CHANCE THAT WE HAVE THE TRAINING
PROGRAM FOR YOU. AND NOW WE ARE TRAINING FOR THE
400 JOBS AT FLEXINGATE. SO, THE OTHER THING WE ARE DOING
IS WE ARE DOING EVERYTHING WE
ARE LEGALLY ALLOWED TO DO TO
GIVE PREFERENCE TO DETROITERS. AND SO, I AM A LAWYER. WE STAY WITHIN THE BOUNDS OF THE
LAW. BUT WITHIN THOSE BOUNDS, I AM
GOING TO MAKE SURE EVERY CHANCE
I CAN A DETROITER GETS THE JOB. SO, IF YOU GO TO WORK AT
FLEXINGATE, THE CITY OF DETROIT
WILL PAY FOR TRAINING. IF YOU ARE FROM SOME PLACE ELSE,
THEY CAN GET SOMEBODY ELSE TO
PAY FOR IT. BUT WE ARE PAYING FOR THE
DETROITERS. ALL RIGHT? [APPLAUSE] SO HERE’S WHAT WE
HAVE DONE. YOU WILL BE GLAD TO KNOW THAT IN
2018, RON BRUNDAGE AND D.P.W. ARE GOING TO RESURFACE 88
MILLIONS OF ROAD, DO 99 MILLION
OF ROAD IMPROVEMENT. ANYBODY RUN ACROSS ANY POTHOLES? ALL RIGHT? RON’S DOING A GREAT JOB WITH THE
PAVING. BUT — HERE’S THE OTHER PIECE. EVERY ONE OF THOSE $90 MILLION
CONTRACTS ARE GOING TO BE
REQUIRED THAT 51% OF THE WORK
PERFORMED BE DONE BY DETROITERS. [APPLAUSE]
>>WE ARE GOING TO USE OUR
PURCHASING POWER TO GET JOBS FOR
OUR RESIDENTS. GARY BROWN OF THE WATER
DEPARTMENT IS GOING TO DO $400
MILLION IN WATER AND SEWER
IMPROVEMENTS. YOU ARE SEEING FEWER AND FEWER
WATER MAIN BREAKS BUT THEY HAVE
BEEN NEGLECTED FOR A LONG TIME
AND WE GOT A LOT OF WORK TO DO. WHEN THEY DO THOSE $400 MILLION
IN IMPROVEMENTS, 51% OF ALL THE
WORK WILL BE DONE BY DETROITERS. [APPLAUS WE ARE GOING TO DO $2
BILLION WORK ON T GORDIE HALL
BRIDGE BEING DRIVEN BY THE
CANADIANS. NO, I COULDN’T GET THE CANADIANS
TO AGREE TO HIRE 51% DETROITERS. I TRIED. RICH BAIRD WAS IN THE ROOM. BUT WE GOT A COMPROMISE. THEY WROTE US A $10 MILLION
CHECK TO TRAIN DETROITERS
OURSELVES SO THEY WOULD BE READY
FOR THE JOBS AT THE BRIDGE. [APPLAUS I THOUGHT THAT WAS A
PRETTY FAIR COMPROMISE. DAN GILBERT JUST BROKE GROUND ON
THE HUDSON SITE. BILLION DOLLAR CONSTRUCTION
PROJECT FOR THREE YEARS. AND — HE HAS TO HAVE 51% OF THE
WORK BE DONE BY DETROITERS. WE KNOW TODAY WE DON’T HAVE
ENOUGH CONSTRUCTION WORKERS IN
THIS TOWN IT MAKE THE 51%. THEY AREN’T GOING TO MAKE IT. SO WHY DO WE DO THIS? LET ME SHOW YOU. WE PUT THE SAME REQUIREMENT IN
FOR LITTLE CAESAR’S ARENA. WE KNEW THERE WAS NO WAY THEY
COULD MAKE IT. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT THEY DID? DETROITERS WORKED 700,000
CONSTRUCTION HOURS ON THAT
ARENA. PRETTY REMARKABLE. IT WAS ONLY 25% OF THE WORK. 350 DETROITERS GOT JOBS AS
APPRENTICES WHICH MEANS THEY ARE
ON THEIR WAY FOR A CAREER FOR
THE REST OF THEIR LIVES. THAT GOT LAUNCHED, 350 PEOPLE ON
THEIR CAREER BECAUSE OF LITTLE
CAESAR’S AREASON. THAT AFTER
ALL OF THAT, THE ILLICHES STILL
HAD TO PAY $5 MILLION IN FEES
BECAUSE THEY DIDN’T HIRE ENOUGH. WASN’T FOR LACK OF EFFORT. AND SO, IN THE PAST, THE CITY
WAS IN THE FEE-COLLECTION
BUSINESS. BRENDA JONES SAYS — WHY ARE WE
IN THE FEE-COLLECTING BUSINESS? LET’S TAKE THIS MONEY THAT WE
ARE GETTING, LET’S PUT IT BACK
INTO THE TRAINING. SO WE ARE TAKING EVERY DOLLAR
THAT THESE FOLKS ARE PAYING AND
WE ARE PUTTING IT INTO TRAINING. WE ARE PUTTING IT INTO RANDOLPH. REMEMBER I SHOWED YOU RANDOLPH
WHERE THE 300 KIDS ARE THERE? HERE’S WHAT WE ARE DOING. AT 3:00 THE KIDS GO HOME. WE ARE USING THE SAME EQUIPMENT,
THE SAME SPACE, WE ARE USING
THAT $5 MILLION TO HIRE TRAINS
AND 300 ADULTS ARE COMING INTO
THAT CLASS TO LEARN SKILLED
TRADES IN SAME BUILDING. [APPLAUSE] THESE ARE THE WAYS
THAT WE CAN USE OUR LEVERAGE. WE GOT GREAT PARTNERS. THE PLUMBERS UNION AND THE
CARPENTERS AND MILL WRIGHTS ARE
ACTIVELY RECRUITING. APPRENTICES FROM THE CITY OF
DETROIT. AND WE KNOW THAT HISTORICALLY,
MEN AND WOMEN OF COLOR HAVE NOT
ALWAYS BEEN WELCOMED IN ALL THE
TRADES. AND SO, WE ARE USING THE
PURCHASING POWER INVOLVED IN ALL
THESE CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS TO
SAY THINGS NEED TO CHANGE. AND YOU HAVE SEEN SOME VISIONARY
LEADERSHIP WITH THE PLUMBERS AND
CARPENTERS THAT SAYS WE KNOW. AND THEY AREN’T RECRUITING. AND WANT TO KEEP PUSHING UNTIL
EVERY SINGLE TRADE HAS
COMPLETELY OPENED THEIR DOORS TO
RESIDENTS OF OUR CITY. [APPLAUS NOW I HAVE BEEN
AMAZED AT HOW MANY TIMES WE GET
SOMEBODY TO GO THROUGH TRAINING,
THEY CAN’T GET TO THEIR JOB
BECAUSE THEY GOT $2,000 IN
DRIVER RESPONSIBILITY FEES. THIS WAS AN ILL-CONCEIVED IDEA
TO BALANCE THE BUDGET 10 YEARS
AGO AND — YOU HAD 76,000
DETROITERS AND 350,000 PEOPLE IN
MICHIGAN COULDN’T DRIVE BECAUSE
OF THESE FEES. THEY PAID THEIR FINES AND THEIR
TICKETS. WHAT DO YOU DO? YOU ARE CAUSING PEOPLE TO BE
UNEMPLOYED. THIS IS CRAZY. RIGHT? I MEAN HOW DOES THIS HELP THE
ECONOMY? AND SO WE PUSHED A STATE-WIDE
COALITION FOR CHANGE. THAT WAS A BIG PART OF AN EVERY
TORT SAY WE NEED TO GET OFF OF
THIS. AND THE MICHIGAN LEGISLATURE HAS
JUST ACTED TO RESCIND THE DRIVER
RESPONSIBILITY FEES IN THIS
STATE OCTOBER 1. [CHEERS AND APPLAUS
>>AND SO, IF YOU HAVE FEES,
DRIVER RESPONSIBILITY FEES GO TO
THE SECRETARY OF STATE’S OFFICE. IF YOU ARE ALREADY IN A PAYMENT
PLAN YOU CAN GET IT CANCELED
RIGHT NOW. IF YOU ARE NOT IN A PAYMENT
PLAN, YOU CAN GET IT CANCELED
OCTOBER 1. BUT YOU GO TO THE SECRETARY OF
STATE’S OFFICE AND THEY WILL
HELP YOU. I WANT TO THANK SOME OF THE
PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN ADVOCATING
FOR A VERY LONG TIM FOR THIS. SENATOR HOOD. STATE SENATOR HORN,
REPRESENTATIVE LESLIE LOVE. AND I WANT TO THANK THE PEOPLE
WHO HELPED PUSH IT OVER THE
FINISH LINE. ONE OF THEM IS HERE TODAY. SPEAKER TOM LEONARD, ALONG WITH
ARLEN MEKOFF, GOVERNOR RICK
SNYDER. MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH
FOR YOUR ROLE. [APPLAUSE] SO YOU SEE WHAT WE’RE
DOING. WE ARE CHIPPING AWAY AT THESE
BARRIERS. ONE AFTER ANOTHER. SO THAT WE CAN GET DETROIT
RESIDENTS TO WORK. WHAT IF YOU ARE A RETURNING
CITIZEN AND I HEAR THIS ALL THE
TIME. I CAN’T GET HIRED. IT IS REMARKABLE WHAT’S
HAPPENING NOW. BECAUSE THE LABOR MARKET IS SO
TIGHT, WE ARE SEEING A
SIGNIFICANT CHANGE IN ATTITUDES. WE HAVE 25 COMPANIES THAT ARE
RIGHT NOW SAYING TO DETROIT AT
WORK — WE WILL HIRE RETURNING
CITIZENS TODAY. ALL RIGHT? [APPLAUS SOCHTE, COMPAN IN
THE OLD SOUTHWESTERN HIGH SCHOOL
SITE HAS HIRED 200 RETURNING
CITIZENS THEMSELVES. [APPLAUSE] AND SO — AND WHAT
THE C.E.O. TELLS ME AT SOCHTE IS
WHEN YOU HIRE A RETURNING
CITIZEN THEY KNOW IF THEY LOSE A
JOB IT WILL BE HARD TO GET
ANOTHER ONE. THEY TENTED TO BE THE MOST
RELIABLE WORKERS, ON TIME,
SHOWING UP EVEN WHEN THEY AREN’T
FEELING WELL, WE ARE BUILDING
OUR COMPANY ON THEM. WE HAVE A LOT OF TALENT HERE. IF YOU GO TO DETROIT AT WORK AS
A RETURNING CITIZEN, WE WILL
STEER YOU TO THE TRAINING AND IF
YOU HAVE ONE FELONY, MORE THAN
FIVE YEARS AGO, WE WILL HELP YOU
WITH EXPUNGE MEANT SERVICES SO YOU CAN GET A CLEAR RECORD. BECAUSE — HERE’S THE THING. I WENT WITH THE GOVERNOR TO
JAPAN TO TRY TO CONVINCE FOX
CON, THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE THE
IPHONES, TO PUT THEIR PLANT IN
DETROIT OR SOMEWHERE IN
MICHIGAN. YOU KNOW WHAT THE BIG QUESTION
WAS? WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO GET THE
WORKERS? WE WERE PITCHING AMAZON TO COME
HERE AND THERE’S A LOT OF
FACTORS GOING ON. YOU KNOW WHAT THE NUMBER ONE
QUESTION WAS? WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO GET THE
WORKERS? THIS IS NOW A COMPETITIVE ISSUE. THE CITY OF DETROIT, WE NEED
EVERYBODY. WE NEED THE TALENTED PEOPLE WHO
HAVE BEEN OUT OF THE WORKFORCE
TO COME BACK IN SO WE CAN GO
AFTER AND LAND THESE BIG
COMPANIES. YOU WON’T BELIEVE THE PEOPLE WHO
ARE TALKING ABOUT COMING HERE
AND EVERYBODY SAYS THE SAME
THING. CAN YOU DELIVER THE WORKERS? AND SO DETROIT AT WORK IS GOING
TO BE THERE. READY BUT FOR YOU, YOU GOT TO DO
THE HARD PART. YOU GOT TO MAKE THE PHONE CALL. YOU GOT TO GET STARTED. AND IT’S SCARY. LEARNING A NEW SKILL AT A NEW
JOB. BUT, IF YOU HAD DONE IT IN 2009,
YOU ALMOST SURELY WOULD HAVE
BEEN UNEMPLOYED. IF YOU DO IT TODAY IN THE CITY
OF DETROIT BECAUSE YOU STAYED,
THERE’S A VERY GOOD CHANCE YOU
WILL BE LAUNCHED ON A NEW
CAREER
SO WHAT IF YOU WANT TO START YOUR OWN COMPANY? WELL IF YOU WANT TO, YOU OUGHT
TO BE IN THE CITY OF DETROIT. THERE’S NO PLACE THAT SUPPORTS
NEW BUSINESS START-UPS. AND WE SAW THESE COMPANIES
COMING IN AND I HAD A GROUP OF
FOLKS COME IN, PROBABLY 50 OR
60, AFRICAN AMERICAN AND LATINO
ENTREPRENEURS. AND THEY SAID WE LIKE THE FACT
THAT ALLIED BANK’S COMING BACK
AND WE LIKE THE FACT MICROSOFT’S
COMING BACK. BUT WHAT ABOUT US? WE STAYED HERE. AND A LOT OF TIMES WE DON’T HAVE
FAMILY WEALTH TO GO TO START UP
A BUSINESS. WE DON’T HAVE BANKING
RELATIONSHIPS. CAN YOU DO SOMETHING TO CREATE
AN ATMOSPHERE THAT DETROITERS
AND ENTREPRENEURS OF COLOR WHO
HAVE GOOD BUSINESS PLANS, WHO
ARE HARD WORKERS, TALENTED, CAN
GET AN OPPORTUNITY? AND SO — WE WENT TO LEGUNE AT
THE KELLOGG FOUNDATION AND JAMIE
DIAMOND, PRESIDENT OF THE
LARGEST BANK IN AMERICA, J.P. MORGAN CHASE, AND WE SAID AS
GOVERNMENT, WE CAN’T CREATE AN
ENTREPRENEUR — WE AREN’T
ALLOWEDDED TO MAKE THOSE
DISTINCTIONS BUT AS PRIVATE
COMPANIES YOU CAN FUND SOMETHING. AND SO THEY DID. THEY PUT IN A FUND WHERE THEY
MADE LOANS OF $50,000 TO
$200,000 TO ENTREPRENEURS OF
COLOR WHO COULDN’T GET
TRADITIONAL LOANS. 45 BUSINESS START-UPS IN THE
LAST TWO YEARS. $5 MILLION IN LOANS AND NOT ONE
SINGLE DEFAULT. [APPLAUS WE’VE GOT TALENTED
ENTREPRENEURS. THEY JUST NEED A CHANCE. AND SO I DECIDED DETROIT WAS
GOING TO BE THE PLACE WHERE YOU
COULD COME TO AN ENTREPRENEUR. SO THOSE ARE THE 45 BUSINESSES. LOOK AT HOW THEY ARE SPREAD OUT
AROUND THE CITY. THEY HAVE ALREADY PRODUCED 600
JOBS. AND, I AM GOING TO TELL YOU A
STORY ABOUT MELISSA BUTLER. WHO HERE HAS HEARD OF MELISSA
BUTLER? [APPLAUSE] OK. SO, MELISSA BUTLER GREW UP IN
DETROIT, WENT TO CASS TECH. GOT OUT OF TOWN AND WENT TO WALL
STREET. MAKING A LOT OF MONEY ON WALL
STREET. AND, SHE REALIZED THAT THE KINDS
OF VARIATION IN COLORS AND
MATERIALS AND LIPSTICK WASN’T
OUT THERE. SO — I HAVE NO IDEA WHY A WALL
STREET BANKER DOES THIS, BUT SHE
STARTS MAKING LIPSTICK IN HER
KITCHEN. AND THEN SHE STARTS SELLING IT
ON THE INTERNET. AND IT STARTS TO CATCH ON. SHE ENDS UP — BUT SHE’S IN NEW
YORK. AND SHE DOESN’T HAVE ANYBODY
THERE TO HELP HER. SHE GOES ON SHARK TANK. PITCHES SHARK TANK. PEOPLE ON SHARK TANK SAID YOU’RE
NUTS. NOBODY WANTS PURPLE LIPSTICK. THEY BLEW HER OFF. SHE SAID I DON’T WENT TO BE IN
NEW YORK. BUT SHE SAYS I HEAR THERE’S AN
ENTREPRENEURIAL CLIMATE BACK IN
DETROIT. SHE MOVES BACK HOME. COMES BACK TO THE CITY. AND SAYS — I THINK I CAN DO
THIS. GETS A LOT OF SUPPORT. BUSINESS TAKES IT OFF ON THE
INTERNET. TARGET CALLS. AND TARGET SAYS WE ARE GOING TO
PUT YOU IN 42 STORES. WE WANT TO ORDER 40,000 TUBES OF
LIPSTICK AND LIP GLOSS. [APPLAUSE] NOW – MELISSA SAYS
— I CAN’T MAKE 40,000 TUBES IN
MY KITCHEN. RIGHT? THIS IS WHERE ENTREPRENEURS
FAIL. SHE NEEDED A LOAN. SHE NEEDED THE MONEY TO GO OUT
AND BUY THESE 40 — MAKE THESE
40,000 TUBES IT. AND SHE TURNED TO THE
ENTREPRENEUR COLOR FUND, A PLACE
WHERE A BANK NEVER WOULD HAVE
GIVEN A LOAN. THEY GAVE HER A $75,000 LOAN. THEY SOLD OUT LIPSTICKS IN ALL
OF THE TARGETS. NOW THEY ARE ORDERING MORE. SHE HAS A $1 MILLION A YEAR IN
SALES. [APPLAUS AND SHE SAYS MY NEXT
THING IS, IT’S GOING TO FAST,
I’M GOING TO HAVE TO OPEN UP A
LIPSTICK MANUFACTURING COMPANY
HERE IN THE CITY OF DETROIT
HIRING DETROITERS. [APPLAUSE] BUT HERE’S THE THING. IF MELISSA BUTLER HAD STAYED IN
NEW YORK, SHE WOULD HAVE NEVER
HAD THAT LOAN. SHE CAME TO DETROIT. A PLACE WHERE WE SUPPORT OUR
ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT AND
BECAUSE OF THAT, THE WHOLE
WORLD’S GOING IT HEAR ABOUT HER. PLEASE GIVE A WARM WELCOME TO
MELISSA BUTLER. WELCOME HOM
MY FRIEND, JAMIE DIAMOND, J.P. MORGAN CHASE HAS BEEN
PHENOMENAL. I WAS IN NEW YORK WITH HIM. HE WAS GIVING A SPEECH. BRAGGING ABOUT THE ENTREPRENEUR
COLOR FUND. HE SAID ZERO DEFAULT. I SAID JAMIE, IT’S A $6 MILLION
FUND. IF THERE’S ZERO DEFAULTS THERE
OUGHT TO BE MORE MONEY. HE GOT TOGETHER WITH PARTNERS
AND THEY TRIPLE THE FUND AMOUNT
TO $18 MILLION. SO THERE’S GOING TO BE THREE
TIMES AS MANY MELISSA BUTLERS. AND EVERY QUARTER WE DO THE SAME
THING WITH MOTOR CITY MATCH. GRANTS OF $50,000. WE PICK 10 WINNERS EVERY QUARTER
ALL OVER THE CITY. NOW WE’VE ALREADY GOT $5 MILLION
IN GRANTS. $33 BUSINESSES HAVE BEEN OPEN. OVERWELMINGLY DETROITERS AND MEN
AND WOMEN OF COLOR, 32 MORE
UNDER CONSTRUCTION 40 MORE OFF
OF MOTOR CITY MATCH. DO YOU SEE HOW WE ARE LAYERING
THESE DIFFERENT BUSINESS
STRATEGIES. BUT YOU CAN GO ANYPLACE ELSE,
THERE ISN’T ANY MOTOR CITY MATCH
ENTREPRENEUR OF COLORS FUND,
THEY JUST STARTED IT IN SAN
FRANCISCO AND NEW YORK AFTER OUR
SUCCESS WHO WOULD FIGURE THAT SAN FRANCISCO WOULD COME HERE TO
GET ADVICE ON FINANCING.>>I WANT TO DO A SPECIAL THANK
YOU TO THREE CITY DEPARTMENTS
WITH EXTRORDINARY ACCOM
ACCOMPLISHMENTS TAPS LITTLE BIT
OFF THE VISION DISCUSSION, BUT I
THOUGHT IT WAS IMPORTANT. I WANT TO SAY SOMETHING ABOUT
THE DETROIT FIRE DEPARTMENT
[APPLAUS WE HAVE SEEN ARSONS
IN THIS CITY DROP 30% IN THE
LAST FOUR YEARS. THE DEMOLITIONS HAVE A LOT TO DO
WITH IT. THE ARSON INVESTIGATORS HAVE A
LOT TO DO WI IT FIREFIGHTERS
HAVE 37% FEWER FIRES TO GO TO. WHAT DO WE DO? IN OTHER PLACES YOU WOULD BE
TALKING ABOUT CUTTING BACK AND
LAYING OFF. BUT OUR FIREFIGHTERS STEPPED
FORWARD AND SAID WE WANT TO BE
TRAINED AS MEDICAL FIRST
RESPONDERS AND NOW EVERY ONE OF
OUR FIREFIGHTERS IS BEING
TRAINED AND THAT’S MIKE NEVIN THE UNION PRESIDENT. YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT A MAJOR
SHIFT IN THE UNION AND THE CITY,
THEY WERE FIRST ON THE SCENE
16,000 TIMES LAST YEAR SO NOW
WHEN YOU CALL 9-1-1, IF ONE OF
OUR 25 AMBULANCES IS CLOSEST TO YOU, THEY GET THERE FIRST. IF ONE OF OUR 40 FIRE HOUSES I
CLOSER, OUR FIRE TRUCKS GET
THERE FIRST AND STABILIZE YOU. AS A RESULT OF THIS PARTNERSHIP
WE HAVE E.M.S. RESPONSE TIMES
DOWN TO THE NATIONAL AVERAGE SO
THANK YOU TO THE MEN AND WOMEN
OF THE DETROIT FIRE DEPARTMENT
FOR WHAT YOU’VE DONE DDOT HAD MORE THAN 400,000 RIDES
A WEEK IN 2017. THEY ADDED 1500 TRIPS AND THESE
ARE PRETTY REMARKABLE NUMBERS. THEY ARE ADDING ANOTHER 300
TRIPS IN 2018. WE GOT 30 NEW BUSES COMING IN
2018. WARREN EVANS IS HERE AND HE’S
DONE A GREAT JOB AS FAR AS I AM
CONCERNED IN TRYING TO PUT
TOGETHER A REGIONAL PLAN THAT I
HOPE THIS REGION HAS A CHANCE TO
VOTE ON. BUT — [APPLAUSE] OTHER COUNTIES
MAY CHOOSE TO DO WHAT THEY WANT,
BUT I CAN TELL YOU THIS WE GOT A
WHOLE LOT OF JOBS COMING INTO
THE CITY AND I WANT TO MAKE SURE
WE ARE RUNNING A FIRST CLASS BUS SYSTEM SO WITHIN OUR CITY WE CAN
MOVE PEOPLE THERE UNTIL THE
CLIMATE IS RIGHT THAT WE FINALLY
SEE THAT WE ARE A REGION ON. WE ARE COMPETING AGAINST
PITTSBURGH AND INDIANAPOLIS AND
CHICAGO FOR THESE JOBS. WE NEED TO START TO THINK AND
FUNCTION LIKE A REGION. SO, IN THE MEANTIME, WE ARE
GOING TO BUILD UP DDOT INTO THE
BUS DRIVERS AND MECHANICS WHO
HAVE DONE SUCH A GREAT JOB WITH
THESE RECORD NUMBERS. THANK YOU FOR A VERY SUCCESSFUL
YEAR
2017 WAS A THIRD STRAIGHT
BALANCED BUDGET AND WHEN COUNSEL
ACTS WE ARE GOING TO BE OUT OF
ACTIVE STATE OVERSIGHT THIS SPRING ABOUT 30 YEARS AHEAD OF
SCHEDULE. [APPLAUS AND I GOT TO TELL YOU
IN DEALING WITH CITY COUNCIL FOR
THE LAST THREE YEARS WE HAVE
BEEN COMPLETELY UNIFIED. THIS WASN’T SOMETHING WHERE THEY
WERE TRYING TO SPEND MONEY AND I
WAS FIGHTING THEM. THESE COUNCIL MEMBERS HAVE BEEN
VIGILANT ABOUT SAYING WE’LL HAVE
A BALANCED BUDGE EACH AND EVERY
YEAR AND I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO
THE DAY. NEW YORK CITY STAYED IN STATE
OVERSIGHT FOR 30 YEARS AFTER
THEY CAME OUT. WE ARE OUT IN THREE YEARS. SOMETHING I’M VERY PROUD O
AND I DON’T KNOW HOW MANY TIMES
IT’S GOING IT TAKE BUT I WILL
STAY WITH THIS UNTIL WE GET THE
CAR INSURANCE. WE GOT REALLY CLOSE THIS TIME. AND I WANT TO SAY A SPECIAL
THANK YOU BECAUSE THE PRESSURE
THAT CAME DOWN FROM EXTREME
WELLEN-FUNDED TRIAL LAWYERS AND
HOSPITALS WAS OVERWELM BUG I
WANT TO SAY TO SENATOR CONYERS, LESLIE LOVE, REPRESENTATIVE COOK
SCOTT, REPRESENTATIVE SAN
FRANCISCO, REPRESENTATIVE BYRD,
THANK YOU FOR STANDING STRONG
AND I AM HEARING NOW THAT THERE
ARE RAPIDLY INCREASING CAR INSURANCE RATES IN THE INNER
RING OF SUBURBS. AND, IT IT’S ALMOST ALL OF THE
LEGISLATORS IN THAT RING RIGHT
AROUND US VOTED AGAINST IT. THEY THOUGHT IT WAS A DETROIT
PROBLEM. I GOT A FEELING THEIR
CONSTITUENTS ARE GOING TO LET
THEM — GOING TO LET THEM KNOW. BUT WE ARE GOING TO COME BACK IN
IT THIS YEAR, NEXT YEAR, WE HAVE
HAD GREAT SUPPORT BY PEOPLE LIKE
TI–WE WERE WITHIN A FEW VOTES T
TIME. WE WILL STAY WITH IT UNTIL WE
GET THERE. AND YOU REMEMBER THAT I RAN ON
SOMETHING WHERE I SAID EVERY
NEIGHBORHOOD HAS A FUTURE. AND SO — I’M GOING TO FINISH BY
CLOSING WITH THE NEIGHBORHOODS. YOU REMEMBER IT WAS JANUARY. THIS IS THE PAPEER FROM THE
LONDON DAILY MAIL. LONDON ENGLAND WANTS TO WRITE
ABOUT DETROIT’S 40,000 ABANDONED
HOUSES. WELL, WITH OUR PARTNER WITH THE
GOVERNOR AND THE STATE OF
MICHIGAN, WE HAVE DEMOLISHED
NEARLY 14,000 OF THEM. WE WERE HELPED ENORMOUSLY WHEN
SENATOR DEBBIE STABANAU PUSHED
THROUGH ANOTHER $250 MILLION
FUNDING IN WASHINGTON WHICH HAS
BEEN CRITICAL TO THIS AND WE OWE
HER ENORMOUSLY FOR THAT. BUT, THAT’S 14,000 DOWN. THERE
WAS A TIME I THOUGHT WE WITH
TAKE THIS 40,000, WE DO 8,000 A
YEAR, WE WOULD BE DONE IN FIVE
YEARS. I FEEL REALLY BAD ABOUT ALL THE
PEOPLE THAT GOT IN TROUBLE
BECAUSE I PUSHED THEM TO DO
8,000 A YEAR BUT THE TRUTH IS
WITH OUR CONTRACTOR CAPACITY, WE
CAN’T DO IT. AND SO, HERE’S THE PLAN THAT WE
ARE GOING TO DO. WE ARE GOING NOW FOUR TIMES RATE
OF ANY OTHER CITY IN AMERICA AND
THOSE BLUE DOTS ARE THE 14,000
WE HAVE TAKEN DOWN. WHEN WE TAKE THEM DOWN, WE SELL
THE VACANT LOT TO THE NEXT DOOR
NEIGHBORS. THEY STAYED. RIGHT? THEY LIVED NEXT TO IT. SO FOR $100, THESE ARE MY
FAVORITE DAYS OF THE YEAR, THE
SIDE LOT FAIRS WHERE THE
NEIGHBORS LEAVE WITH THEIR
DEEDS. 9,000 NEIGHBORS WHO STAYED
BOUGHT A SIDE LOT AND NOW THEY
GOT ROOM FOR A SWING SET OR A
GARDEN OR A YARD OR THE LIKE
BECAUSE THIS IS THE PEOPLE THAT
WE WANT TO BENEFIT. BUT SINCE I KNOW IT’S GOING TO TAKE US TIME
TO GET THROUGH THEM, BROAD DICK
AND HIS GROUP HAVE STARTED UP
BOARD-UP GANGS. WE HAVE BOARDED UP 5,000 IN THE
LAST SIX MONTHS AND THE THING
I’M MOST PROUD OF, WE SOLD MORE
THAN 3,000 HOUSES ON BUILDING
DETROIT.ORG. THIS IS THE AUCTION CENTER. IF YOU HAVEN’T CHECKED IT OUT,
IT’S WORTH DOING. THOSE ARE THE HOUSES. 3,000 VACANT HOUSES THAT
FAMILIES HAVE MOVED INTO NOW. CAN YOU IMAGINE WHAT THAT MEANT
TO 3,000 BLOCKS. HOW MUCH IT STABILIZED THE
COMMUNITY. BECAUSE OUR GOAL IS TO SAVE
EVERY HOUSE THAT WE CAN AND SO
HERE’S A HOUSE THAT HAD BEEN
VACANT FOR FIVE YEARS AND
THERE’S THOUSAND LOOKS TODAY
SO THIS IS WHAT WE HAVE DONE 3,000 TIMES AND HOW WOULD YOU
LIKE TO BE NEXT DOOR WHEN IT
GETS FIXED UP? BUT WE ALSO HAVE TO PREVENT NEW
VACANCIES AND THAT MEANS
STOPPING THE FORECLOSURE. WE HAVE TO STOP THE FOLKS FROM
LEAVING. AND SO — IN 2014, THE LAW OF
THE STATE SAID THAT THE
TREASURER WANTED TO GIVE YOU A
BREAK ON YOUR BACK TAXES HE TO
CHARGE YOU 18% INTEREST. IT WAS CRAZY. NOBODY WANTED IT. I WENT UP TO LANSING AND LED AN
EFFORT WITH A REP BY THE NAME OF
PH CAVANAUGH THAT SAID THE
TREASURER CAN SET UP A FOUR T
FIVE-MONTH PAYMENT PLAN AT SIX
MONTHS. AND OUR TREASURER, ERIC, IS LIKE
A MIRACLE WORKER AT PUSHING
THEM. HE’S EVERYWHERE. HE DOESN’T WANT TO TAKE YOUR
HOUSE. ALL RIGHT? [APPLAUSE] AND SO, THEN WE TOOK
PEOPLE LIKE TED PHILLIPS, UNITED
COMMUNITY HOUSING COALITION AND
15 GROUPS AND YOU KNOW WHAT THEY
DID? THESE ARE YOUR NEIGHBORS. THEY WENT OUT AND KNOCKED ON THE
DOORS DID OF EVERY SINGLE PERSON
UP FOR FORECLOSURE AND THEY SAID
YOU HAVE HELP. IT’S HERE. COME DOWN AND SEE THE TREASURER. AND WHEN THEY DID THAT, HERE’S
WHAT HAPPENED. IN 2015, YOU HAD 6400 PEOPLE WHO
OWNED THEIR HOMES. THEY GOT FORECLOSED ON. IT WAS HEART BREAKING. AND THEN 2016, IT WAS CUT IN
HALF. BUT LAST YEAR, WITH THE FULL
EFFECT OF THIS PROGRAM, WE WERE
DOWN TO 786. [APPLAUS AND WE ARE OUT NOW
GOING HOUSE TO HOUSE, PERSON TO
PERSON. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO LOSE THE
HOUSE. WE WANT YOU TO STAY. AND SO, IF YOU HAVE GOT A NOTICE
OR YOU KNOW SOMEBODY WHO WAS,
THEY SHOULD ACT BY APRIL 1. IF YOU WANT TO PAY BACK TAXES, I
KNOW ERIC WILL BE GLAD TO TAKE
THEM ONLINE. BUT IF YOU WANT A PAYMENT PLAN,
THE TREASURER WILL WORK WITH
YOU. AND PUT YOU IN A PROGRAM YOU CAN
AFFORD. AND IF YOU ARE A RENTER, AND
THEY STUCK THAT FORECLOSURE
NOTICE ON YOUR DOOR, YOU ARE
PAYING YOUR RENT, THAT LANDLORD
AIN’T PAYING THEIR TAXES, WE GOT
A PROGRAM FOR YOU. WHEN THE LANDLORD GETS
FORECLOSED ON, YOU CAN BUY THE
HOUSE AND MOVE IN. SO CALL THAT NUMBER. [APPLAUS AND SO FOR THE 22,000
LEFT, HERE’S THE PLAN. IN THE NEXT TWO YEARS WE WILL
DEMOLISH ABOUT 8,000. WE WILL SELL ANOTHER 2,000 IN
THE LAND BANK. OWNERS WE THINK WILL RENOVATE
ANOTHER THOUSAND. WE WILL BOARD UP 11,000. SO BY THE END OF 2019, EVERY
SINGLE ABANDONED HOUSE IN THIS
CITY IS GOING TO BE EITHER
DEMOLISHED, RENOVATED OR
BOARDED. THAT’S MY COMMITMEN.>>IT’S GOOD TO FILL IN THE
HOUSES. TWO YEARS AGO I TOLD YOU WHEN I
STARTED A $30 MILLION STRATEGIC
NEIGHBORHOOD FUND, WE GOT $42
MILLION. AND WE DID ALL OF THAT. I WANT TO THANK OUR PARTNERS AT
J.P. MORGAN AND KRESGE AND THE
GROUP WE DID IT. IT TOOK AN AREA LIKE WEST
VILLAGE TO CONTINUE TO BUILD ON
IT AND OPEN RIGHT NEXT DOOR. OVER AT 7 AND LIVERNOID, THAT’S
BEEN VACANT FOR AS LONG AS I CAN
REMEMBER. NOW BEING REBUILT FOR SHOPPING
AND APARTMENTS OUT OF THE
STRATEGIC NEIGHBORHOOD FUND. RIGHT HERE AT WESTERN HIGH
SCHOOL, ALL RIGHT — AROUND THE
CORNER, THE FOLKS FROM PERSON
KNOW THIS ON PORTER, THESE ROW
HOUSES HAVE BEEN ABANDONED FOR
PROBABLE 20 YEARS. THEY WILL BE FULLY RENOVATED BY
THE STRATEGIC NEIGHBORHOOD FUND
IN THE NEXT YEAR AND BE
OCCUPIED
AND THEN LOOK OUT YOUR FRONT
DOOR ACROSS CLARK PARK, WE’LL HAVE A GATHERING PLACE WITH NEW
SHOPPING AND RESIDENTIAL AT THE
CORNER OF CLARK AND VERNOR. THAT’S WHAT THE FIRST WAVE DID. WE SAID IF WE COULD DO IT IN THE
FIRST WAVE, THE INVESTORS ARE
MAKING MONEY. WE SAID ALL RIGHT. WILL [email protected]’S DO SOME MORE. SO NOW WE ARE GOING FOR $125
MILLION AND WE WILL ADD SEVEN
MORE NEIGHBORHOODS SO ALL OF
THESE AREAS ACROSS THE CITY, WE
WILL EXTEND EFFORTS. SO WHAT YOU WILL SEE IS A
NEIGHBORHOOD THAT LOOKS LIKE
THAT WILL GET RENOVATED TO THAT. AND THIS STRETCH WILL LOOK LIKE
THAT. AND THAT STRETCH WILL LOOK LIKE
THAT. THIS IS WHAT WE ARE GOING TO DO. SO THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU GOT. MOST OF US WHO HAVE BEEN IN THE
CITY REMEMBER THE DAYS WHEN YOU
WOULD WALK UP TO THE STORE AND
YOU COULD GET A CUP OF COFFEE,
GET A GALLON OF MILK, YOU COULD
GET THINGS, BECAUSE THE STORE FRONTS WERE THERE. YOU WALKED TO THEM. IF WE ARE GOING TO BRING THE
NEIGHBORHOODS BACK, WE HAVE TO
BRING THE COMMERCIAL STOREFRONTS
BACK. AND SO WE ARE GOING TO PUT $125
MILLION TOGETHER [APPLAUSE] TO
DO THAT. AND WE ARE GOING TO DO ALL OF
THESE PROJECTS AND THESE ARE THE
PLANNING MEETINGS THAT ARE GOING
ON RIGHT NOW, AND WE ARE GOING
TO DO IT WITH THE DETROITERS WHO
STAYED. THOSE WHO STAYED ARE GOING TO
HAVE THE SAY IN WHAT HAPPENS IN
THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD. AND SO, TO THE PEOPLE OF THIS
CITY, I AM JUST DEEPLY HONORED,
THE CONFIDENCE YOU GAVE IN ME
THIS LAST ELECTION. AND I TOLD YOU THE FIRST FOUR
YEARS WE WERE GOING TO TRY TO
FIX THE SERVICE. GET THE GRASS CUT AND
STREETLIGHTS ON. I’M NOT TALKING ABOUT THAT STUFF
ANY MORE. NOW WE ARE TALKING ABOUT
BUILDING ONE DETROIT FOR ALL OF
US AND WE ARE GOING TO DO IT
TOGETHER. GOD BLESS YOU AND GOOD EVENING.>>THERE, YOU GO. MAYOR DUGGAN STATE OF THE CITY
EVENT. IT KIND OF GOT STARTED, KIND OF
A WILL ROWING START. LIKE SPEED SKATING. WE WERE ALL TAKEN BY SURPR

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