A key component of Detroit's revitalization involves attracting talent from across the nation to relocate to the 313. This idea just received a huge boost with the announcement of Wayne State's Detroit Fellows Program. Initial funding from the Kresge Foundation and the Hudson-Weber Foundation will make it possible for WSU to recruit and develop up to 25 outstanding mid-level candidates in the nonprofit and economic development spheres to relocate to Detroit for two years of grant-funded professional work.
During the first phase, Fellows will receive executive development training, as well as a two-year stint at participating organizations, including the University Cultural Center Association, NextEnergy, Downtown Detroit Partnership, Invest Detroit, the City of Detroit, the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation and the Woodward Corridor Initiative.
"The Kresge Foundation is pleased to support Wayne State University in this unique endeavor to advance the revitalization of Detroit. As we align efforts to re-imagine Detroit, we hope to include a new generation of leaders from within the city and beyond," says Rip Rapson, President and CEO. "The Detroit Fellows Program will provide vital energy, high performance and capacity-building resources for Detroit as we maximize the opportunities before us."
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