Biden later said that small businesses are among the largest job creators. They are central in sustaining Detroit growth, and not just in the city center, Biden added. “Motor City Match is doing that,” said the vice president said, adding Duggan was the visionary who moved the program forward.
"Detroit’s bus system is making significant improvements, enough that the U.S. government is lifting financial restrictions on how the agency can access federal funding." On-time bus departures rose to 98% in November 2016, up from 62% in January 2014.
Detroit's mayor is pushing for more membership in local trade unions. This all ties back to the construction boom in Detroit. Mayor Mike Duggan wants more Detroiters involved in that boom and getting the work.
Today, the last of 65,000 new LED streetlights were installed, making Detroit the largest city in the country to be entirely lit by LED streetlights. This project finished under budget and ahead of schedule.
“I want to put Detroiters to work rebuilding Detroit,” Duggan told The Detroit News.
When fully implemented in January, the service expansion is expected to add approximately 1,500 trips per week for DDOT customers. DDOT is rolling out six new 24-hour routes, for a total of nine 24-hour routes citywide. DDOT did not offer 24-hour service prior to 2016. DDOT is also adding five new express routes to help Detroiters get to important job centers.
“The magnitude of the blight problem in the city is enormous; but instead of whining about it, we got to work on it,” said Mayor Duggan.
“A summer job can make all the difference in the life of one of our youths,” Mayor Mike Duggan said. “It provides skills, experience and confidence, and it prepares them for bright futures and prosperous careers.
Detroit average EMS response time hit 8 minutes – the national benchmark – today for the first time in years. Ambulance response times averaged more than 15 minutes when Mayor Duggan took office in January 2014.
"After 13 years of being watched by the federal government, scrutinized over how it handles arrests and lockups, the Detroit Police Department is officially free from Big Brother oversight."