A summer jobs program for young Detroiters exceeded its goal and will provide work experience for nearly 5,600 kids, Mayor Mike Duggan said today.
"Detroit’s Public Lighting Authority is about six months ahead of its ambitious timetable to relight all neighborhoods by the end of the year. Officials say the installation of nearly 40,000 LED streetlights will be complete by the end of July." (The Detroit News, 6/15/2015)
“Every day, we are seeing increasing interest among people who want to live in Detroit, especially city employees,” Mayor Duggan said. “This great new program from Flagstar, along with our 50% Land Bank discount for city workers and improving city services, is helping Detroit to bring back home many of its workers.”
The app "marks a fundamental change in the way city government operates," Duggan said this morning, adding that the app allows residents to become city government's "eyes and ears" for problems that develop, from running water in basements at abandoned homes and nonworking traffic signals to missing manhole covers, downed streetlight poles and broken fire hydrants.
"Motor City Match pairs the best businesses from the city and around the world with Detroit’s best available real estate. The program helps businesses locate and thrive in Detroit by providing competitive grants, loans and counseling to building owners and business owners."
For the first time since 2005, the Detroit Housing Commission is under local control. In 2014, the Detroit Housing Commission "received a passing HUD inspection score for every public housing development for the first time in more than two decades."
Mayor Mike Duggan joined city, community and nonprofit partners to unveil the Detroit 0% Interest Home Repair Loan Program, which provides $8 million in financing for eligible homeowners looking to patch roofs, replace windows, upgrade plumbing and address structural or safety issues.
"Mayor Mike Duggan’s office says the increased hiring is part of his plan to cut Detroit’s EMS response time to the national average of eight minutes for high-priority runs. A year ago, the average response time was 20 minutes. Duggan’s office says it’s now down to about 11 minutes."
DPOA President Mark Diaz credited Mayor Duggan for his role in bringing all sides together to complete the contract. “Had the mayor not intervened and taken an active approach in this process, the DPOA would not have an agreement today,” said Diaz.
"I have said to you for the last month that when this came down to crunch time, it would be done smoothly and without drama," Duggan said at a press conference after the council unanimously approved the deal. "I expect tonight you will see Mr. Orr sign four or five orders, the most important of which is returning democracy back to the city of Detroit."