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Building and Restoring Civic Capacity: The Obama Administrations Federal-Local Partnership with Detroit


In 2011, President Barack Obama assigned a team of federal officials to work with Detroit city government, state of Michigan agencies, business, philanthropy and community residents to study Detroit’s problems, engage with residents and deliver assistance tailored to the city’s needs. This report focuses on what the federal partnership contributed to the city’s revitalization efforts and how it helped build local capacity to accomplish long-term goals. Initiatives and projects detailed in the report in which The Kresge Foundation was involved include the Blight Task Force, the Detroit Home Mortgage program, creation of the city’s global engagement strategy and attracting support for sustainable recreation at Historic Fort Wayne.

Shaun Donovan, director of the federal Office of Management and Budget, discusses the report and the work that went into it, in a blog post published on the White House website.

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