Detroit seeking more young professionals to continue revitalization

     Detroit seeking more young professionals to continue revitalization

PR Newswire

DETROIT, Feb. 7, 2013

DETROIT, Feb. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The Detroit Revitalization
Fellows Program is looking for a few more good men and women to help advance
the renewal of Detroit and build upon the ongoing success of its 2011-13
cohort. In 2011, 650 young professionals from across the country applied for
29 opportunities to move to Detroit and work for a variety of local
organizations. Those fellows have made significant contributions to their
employers, and the vast majority plans to remain in Detroit when their
two-year commitments end in August.

Wayne State University, which administers the program, is now accepting
applications for the next class of fellows, who will begin their assignments
in August 2013. The deadline to apply is March 1. Both fellows and employers
are encouraged to apply. Additional information, eligibility requirements and
the application form can be found at

The Detroit Revitalization Fellows Program seeks to build capacity for key
organizations focused on the revitalization of Detroit, provide leadership
development and training for fellows working in these organizations, and
develop a network that fosters inter-agency connections and organizational
collaboration. The Kresge Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Hudson-Webber
Foundation, the Skillman Foundation, the DTE Energy Foundation and Wayne State
University have funded the program.

In addition to two years of full-time employment in a job that can enhance
Detroit, fellows are assigned a mentor and a professional coach, take three
study trips around the country, and meet monthly to learn more about
leadership, urban planning, community and economic development, and
residential and commercial real estate development.

"Our current fellows are well educated and talented professionals," said Ned
Staebler, WSU vice president for economic development. "We see the impact they
are making and we are anxious to recruit more of these leaders to join in the
revitalization of Detroit."

Organizations are encouraged to apply to participate in the Detroit
Revitalization Fellows as employers. Fellows will be placed in organizations
that contribute to the revitalization of the city, with a focus on:

  oReal estate finance and development
  oCommunity and economic development
  oLand use planning/implementation of the Detroit Future City Strategic
  oWorkforce development

Employers receive a stipend to pay for a portion of a fellow's salary.

The Detroit Revitalization Fellows Program is modeled after the successful
Rockefeller Foundation Redevelopment Fellowships launched in 2007 in New
Orleans. That program, administered by the Center for Urban Redevelopment
Excellence at the University of Pennsylvania, enabled key redevelopment
organizations in New Orleans to recruit qualified professionals from across
the country to work on the rebuilding process there.

Wayne State University is a premier urban research institution offering more
than 370 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 29,000

SOURCE Wayne State University

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