Mayor Duggan, local leaders hold opening ceremony for Dakkota auto supplier plant
Mayor Mike Duggan joined Governor Gretchen Whitmer and other local leaders this week for a showcase of Dakkota Integrated Systems, a new 375,000-square-foot facility on the site of Detroit’s former Kettering High School.
Dakkota Integrated Systems, a major supplier to Chrysler-parent Stellantis’ Detroit assembly plants, is a Native American, woman-owned company that employs hundreds of residents from the surrounding neighborhood. The company is expected to bring 500 jobs, and another 75 projected at the plant alone, where 90 percent of employees identify as a minority.
Andra Rush, founder, chair and CEO of Dakkota’s parent and herself a Native American, said employing local residents was a goal for the site.
Locating in the city was important, Rush said, because Dakkota — which means “friend” or “ally” in the Native American Dakota language — values diversity and uplifting the community in which it does business.
The company made use of the City of Detroit Detroit at Work program, which screens applicants and recommends them to employers, with an emphasis on hiring Detroiters.
City encourages roofing & construction contractors to take part in $30M Renew Detroit program bid opportunities
As ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) related work ramps up, City leaders are encouraging roofers and construction contractors to take part in the massive amount of bid opportunities. Specifically, the $30-million Renew Detroit program has an open bid for roofing firms or contractors who can install up to 200 residential roofs. The bid closes on May 23. The program will replace 1000 roofs of homes of senior citizens.
Thanks to ARPA, a congressional measure signed into law by President Joe Biden last year, the City is spending millions of dollars in several areas from neighborhood beautification, to home repair, public safety, arts and culture, and closing the digital divide.
To date, the City has programmed 68 percent of its $826 million in ARPA funding. The public can track ARPA spending and progress on its recently launched website at detroitmi.gov/ARPA.
Read the full story on the City’s website at $30M Renew Detroit program (detroitmi.gov)
Spirit Plaza official season opening this weekend in Downtown Detroit
Spirit Plaza officially opens with a variety of activities for kids and families Saturday, May 7 from noon – 5 p.m. and activities for mothers on Sunday, May 8 from 1 – 3 p.m.
Spirit Plaza is a free event space providing Detroiters with a wide variety of events, operating seven days a week. Spirit Plaza is located at the foot of the iconic Spirit of Detroit statue at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, 2 Woodward Avenue.
The Plaza has programs Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday evenings.
For more information about Spirit Plaza programs and activities, go to detroitmi.gov/recreation
Residents in District 1 on Detroit’s northwest side will grab their rakes, shovels, bags and gloves to kick off Motor City Makeover this Saturday, May 7. The City’s annual cleanup, and beautification effort will take place on seven Saturdays in May and June.
Individuals and community groups must register with the City of Detroit Department of Neighborhoods (DON) in order to receive a limited supply of bags and gloves, as well as information regarding special pickups of brush, tires, bagged litter and roll-off containers. Debris will only be collected from pre-determined locations.
Cleaning will take place by districts on:
To register as a volunteer or to make a financial or in-kind contribution to the effort, go to motorcitymakeover.org.
City Relaunches Detroit ID Municipal Card Program after 2-Year Pandemic Hiatus
The City of Detroit Municipal Identification Program is being relaunched and is available once again after being idled for the past two years due to the pandemic.
The Detroit ID card provides all Detroiters with a photo ID so they are able to access City Services, open a checking/savings account, gain entry to City buildings, or establish a utility account with providers such as DTE Energy and Detroit Water & Sewerage Department.
The Detroit ID card is available to all Detroiters, including those experiencing homelessness and returning citizens, regardless of immigration status, age or gender identity. The cost is $25 for a new card application for adults ages 18-62; $10 for youths ages 17 and younger; seniors ages 62+ and for former and existing cardholders whose card is expired and want to renew.
Applicants under the age of 18 must have a legal guardian present during their application appointment. Fees are waived for the first 5,000 Detroiters who sign up.
For more information, read the story at Detroit ID Municipal Card Program (detroitmi.gov)
Adoption & License Fees Waived at Detroit Animal Care from May 2-15
Adoption and license fees are being waived at Detroit Animal Care from May 2-15, thanks to a partnership with BISSELL Pet Foundation’s national Empty the Shelters program.
Detroit Animal Care is one of 275+ shelters in more than 40 states that are participating in BISSELL Pet Foundation’s springtime Empty the Shelters event. The funding allows DAC to waive adoption and licensing fees for the two-week period in May. In addition, DAC is giving free flowers to anyone who adopts on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8 (while supplies last).
All Detroiters are welcome to come and visit Detroit Animal Care and check out the many dogs and cats in need of a “Furever home.” All animals are fully vaccinated, micro-chipped and neutered.
Detroit Animal Care is located at 7401 Chrysler Drive, Detroit. The shelter is open seven days a week from 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. For more information, read the full story on the City’s website at Detroit Animal Care (detroitmi.gov)
City residents can now get more great eats in the streets; Food truck vendors have more locations to dish up their faire
Under a new ordinance, the City of Detroit has outlined rules and guidelines for food truck vendors who want the opportunity to expand their business.
The Buildings, Safety Engineering and Environmental Department (BSEED) has also streamlined the permitting and licensing process for aspiring food truck entrepreneurs with rules, guidelines, and contact information located at www.detroitmi.gov/foodtruck
Additionally, the new ordinance creates 14 restricted commercial zones where food truck vendors are prohibited.
For more information, visit the City’s website at Food Truck vendors (detroitmi.gov)