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Case Study: Detroit, Michigan

How can cities build inclusive local innovation ecosystems?
Over the course of six months Forward Cities and ScaleUp Partners LLC visited four cities to learn about their efforts to build inclusive local economies. These cities, Durham, Detroit, Cleveland and New Orleans, all agreed to form their version of a Local Innovation Council through which organized efforts to stimulate and cultivate entrepreneurship would offer access to resources, improve business ownership, and connect diverse communities as viable pipelines of economic productivity to their local innovation ecosystem.

A case study for each city describes the approach taken and presents insights into the challenges faced and positive outcomes achieved.

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