Partners & Initiatives
Global Detroit is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation that revitalizes Michigan’s economy by pursuing strategies that strengthen Detroit’s connections to the world to make the region more attractive and welcoming to immigrants, internationals, and foreign trade and investment as a means to produce jobs and regional economic growth.
Global Detroit began as a 2010 study to determine how immigrants, internationals, and global connections impact the region’s economic growth and development, and to develop, implement, and support the strategies that create jobs and build prosperity amongst all that live here. To this end, since 2010 Global Detroit has worked with a vast array of interests and partners to leverage more than $7 million of philanthropic, corporate, individual, and government funding into a wide range of initiatives conceived in the Global Detroit study.
Specifically, Global Detroit has helped to launch five partner initiatives (programs that were recommended in the Global Detroit report, but which are run by third-party partner organizations) and continues to run several initiatives in-house to help grow our regional economy, produce jobs, and restore prosperity to Detroit and southeast Michigan. Click on the buttons below to learn more about Global Detroit Partners & Initiatives.
Welcoming Michigan helps build mutual respect between foreign-born and U.S. born people who call Michigan home.Read More
GTRI focuses on strengthening and diversifying Michigan’s economy through the retention of top international talent. By retaining international students, GTRI is a catalyst to lessening the skills gap, especially in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), and cultivating a climate in which Michigan businesses can be competitive in the new economy.Read More
Upwardly Global works with more than 1,500 immigrants, refugees, and asylees every year to provide job search training and to connect them with employers looking to develop a pipeline of global talent. To date, UpGlo has placed more than 2,200 new Americans who had been unemployed or underemployed working as janitors, taxi drivers, and nannies back into professional jobs as engineers, software developers, and business professionals.Read More
Michigan now has nearly a dozen pre-approved EB-5 Investor Visa Regional Centers that enable international investors to obtain legal residency in the U.S. for a $500,000 investment in a U.S. business that produces 10 jobs over a five-year period. Global Detroit has helped connect potential investors to these centers, as well as champion the use of these investment vehicles as low-cost capital to spur the region’s economic growth, as has been done in Dallas, Philadelphia, and other regions.Read More
Global Detroit has partnered with regional economic development partners, as well as with our friends in Windsor, Canada to develop an analysis of a regional nearshoring initiative that would aggressively recruit firms that want to expand operations in the U.S., but who are restrained by our immigration caps on skilled international workers. Detroit-Windsor can become the leading “nearshoring” base for the new economy. Not other U.S. region is as close, as large, or possesses as much binational business acumen developed over years of cooperative work on automotive manufacturing and other industries.Read More
The WE Global Network, a project of Welcoming America in partnership with Global Detroit, is comprised of over a dozen regional economic development initiatives from across the Midwest working to tap into the economic opportunities created by immigrants. Immigrant communities, when welcomed in their new home, can generate greater economic growth, job creation, and prosperity for an entire city or region.Read More