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Job training programs. Penalizing companies who favor automation. Detroit: The New Motor City. Detroit, Motown, the Motor City.

Detroit: The New Motor City

Michigan and Detroit in particular became the center of the auto industry at the beginning of the twentieth century due to a number of factors. Steel, the Great Lakes shipping industries, and a large and growing workforce all contributed. Perhaps the most striking force though was the unique collection of inventors, dreamers, and designers that made the Detroit area their home. Ransom E. Olds, Henry Ford, the Dodge brothers, David Dunbar Buick, Walter P. Beyond Bankruptcy: How the Detroit Economy has Recovered. Even though “failing forward” has become clichéd jargon around conference tables, it’s still both exciting and encouraging to watch someone (or something) rise out of a slump and come back stronger.

Beyond Bankruptcy: How the Detroit Economy has Recovered

And there’s no better example than Detroit, Michigan: the nation’s underdog upstart. In 2013, Detroit declared bankruptcy and became the media’s go-to example for struggling cities. But despite great difficulty, it has managed over $2.4 billion in investment and development since January of that year. And in many key economic categories—including gross domestic product, private sector job growth, and per capita income—the Detroit region is now outperforming national averages. So how did Detroit do it? In a pair of reports (State of the Region and Michigan is Auto), the Detroit Regional Chamber used EMSI’s labor market and education data, among other sources, to market its region, demonstrate economic progress, identify shortfalls, and strategize for the future.

Michigan is Auto Workforce Wages. The rise and fall of Detroit: A timeline. Sign Up for Our free email newsletters On Thursday, Detroit made history — and not in a good way.

The rise and fall of Detroit: A timeline

The heart of the U.S. auto industry and home to the Detroit Tigers, Eminem and the White Stripes, Motown, and (maybe) Jimmy Hoffa's body became the largest city ever to file for bankruptcy. In many ways, this financial crisis is 60 years in the making. As the Motor City faces an uncertain future, here's a look back at some key dates in the long, storied past of one of America's great cities: July 24, 1701Antoine de La Mothe Cadillac establishes a French settlement, Fort Ponchartrain du Détroit (the strait), along with 100 French soldiers and an equal number of Algonquins.

Anatomy of Detroit’s Decline - Interactive Feature. Mayor Coleman A. Young of Detroit at an event in 1980. Richard Sheinwald/Associated Press The financial crisis facing Detroit was decades in the making, caused in part by a trail of missteps, suspected corruption and inaction. Here is a sampling of some city leaders who trimmed too little, too late and, rather than tackling problems head on, hoped that deep-rooted structural problems would turn out to be cyclical downturns.

Charles E. Edward Jeffries, who served as mayor from 1940 to 1948, developed the Detroit Plan, which involved razing 100 blighted acres and preparing the land for redevelopment. Albert Cobo was considered a candidate of the wealthy and of the white during his tenure from 1950 to 1957. Coleman A. Kwame M. Dave Bing, a former professional basketball star, took office in 2009 pledging to solve Detroit’s fiscal problems, which by then were already overwhelming. Related. Motor City: The Story of Detroit. From Motor City to Motor Metropolis: Becoming the Motor City. From Motor City to Motor Metropolis: How the Automobile Industry Reshaped Urban America by Thomas J.

From Motor City to Motor Metropolis: Becoming the Motor City

Sugrue Becoming the Motor City: Immigrants, Migrants, and the Auto Industry No technology has had a greater impact on American everyday life than the automobile. Where we live, how we work, how we travel, what our landscape looks like, our environment have all been profoundly shaped by the car. Detroit rose and fell with the automobile industry. Detroit was ideally situated to be a center of the American automobile industry. Detroit's first auto plants were small operations, but as Ford pioneered the techniques of mass production at the new Highland Park Plant, with its cutting-edge assembly line techniques, the scope and scale of auto production grew accordingly.

Right from the outset, the automobile industry was labor-hungry. Word of mouth was at least as powerful a recruiting tool. <<Previous Section - Next Section>> The History of the Economy of Detroit. 1.

The History of the Economy of Detroit

Detroit was founded as Fort Detroit on the Detroit River north of Lake Erie as a trading post. 2. Detroit's initial growth, in the 1820's and 1830's, came from its economic base in flour milling. There also developed there, in addition to the establishments serving the local consumer market, workshops for repairing and supplying goods and equipment used in the flour industry. These included shipyards. 3. (To be continued.)