On Thursday, June 24th The Collaborative Group launched its first initiative, Challenge Detroit, a contest aimed at developing and rejuvenating Detroit’s core and continuing to grow an attractive urban center that will strengthen the surrounding region. Doyle Mosher, founder and president, and Deirdre Greene Groves, executive director, expressed that the greater Detroit region is experiencing an alarming loss of young talent to other vibrant urban centers around the country.
The mission of Challenge Detroit is to retain and attract young leaders and provide them with the opportunity to contribute to the growth and revitalization of the Greater Detroit region. As a contest and nonprofit initiative facilitated by The Collaborative Group, Challenge Detroit will seek young, talented individuals who demonstrate a strong vision for how they can contribute to the region. 15 to 30 winners will be provided a job, housing, and the opportunity to contribute intellectual capital to some of the region’s toughest challenges.
Companies that provide jobs for the winners must be located in Metropolitan Detroit and be forward-thinking leaders in their industry that value the importance of retaining and attracting young, talented individuals to the region. Participating companies should be reflective of the regions diverse marketplace, including small businesses, Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, government entities and non-profit organizations.
Beyond their jobs, contestants will bring various talents and perspectives to the challenges facing Detroit such as working on the M-1 RAIL, assisting with the development of workforce preparation and education programs aimed at spurring economic and social movements, and providing insights to enhance public safety in the city.
To join the challenge, please email email@example.com.
UPDATE February 1, 2011: Challenge Detroit’s beta website it up! Check it out at www.challengedetroit.org.