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Mayor Mike Duggan recently created a new role designed to coordinate neighborhood commercial corridor revitalization efforts  with Amanda Elias appointed to the newly-created role of Deputy Group Executive for Neighborhood Economic Development within the administration’s Jobs and Economy Team (JET). The Mayor’s ongoing plan to enhance neighborhoods by reviving their business corridors is strengthened by the creation of the new position. New streetscapes, targeted commercial investment, the assistance of small companies through initiatives like Motor City Match and most recently the start of a commercial corridor blight blitz have all been part of the commercial corridor strategy in recent years. “Over the past few years, we have begun to see a resurgence along some of our commercial corridors like Livernois, Grand River and Kercheval, and Amanda’s role is going to be to build on that success and bring it to more neighborhoods,” said Mayor Duggan. “Amanda has been incredibly effective working with residents, developers and funding partners, and we’re excited for her to bring her energy to neighborhood-level opportunities.” . . . “There are a lot of ways city departments are working to improve our neighborhood corridors and we plan to bring all of those efforts together into one central strategy and approach,” said Elias. “We also plan to make sure every vacant lot and building has a plan that nearby residents support.” . . . The city is also using $100 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds to help Detroiters prepare for good-paying jobs and start new careers.“There is a job available today for every Detroiter who wants to work and half of them do not require a college education,” said Duggan. “Thanks to President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan Act, we have $100 million in adult scholarships that can help Detroiters who may have been unemployed for more than six months, or who want to be trained for a good paying job in a new industry, access those opportunities.”

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