For six years, Inside Detroit has been showcasing the city’s assets through experiential tours. Next week the great work they do will be taken on by the D:hive. The D:hive, which began co-locating within the Inside Detroit Welcome Center last November, will expand Inside Detroit’s offerings by providing information and other resources related to real estate, jobs, important city data, retail, small business and more, becoming an air traffic control hub for people wishing to live, work and engage in the city.
Inside Detroit and D:hive have a shared goal to demystify Detroit for both existing residents and those new to Detroit. By joining forces, they seek to ensure that the information supplied to the public about the city is comprehensive, easily understood and readily accessible.
“We’ve been working with the D:hive for a few months now and it became apparent that we could do more together than we could separately,” says Jeanette Pierce, Executive Director of Inside Detroit. “Too often people and organizations put their individual needs ahead of the needs of the community. We want to be an example of how collaboration can have a powerful and positive impact.”
Some changes you can expect to take place this month include the Inside Detroit Welcome Center becoming the D:hive Welcome Center and undergoing a major redesign and renovation. Pertinent content, including booking of public and private tours, will be moved to the D:hive website; and Jeanette Pierce will move into the role of Director of Community Relations at the D:hive.
Leading the D:hive Team will be Jeff Aronoff. Aronoff comes to the D:hive from the law firm of Miller Canfield, where he has been a principal in the Public Law practice group. “D:hive is one of the most engaging and collaborative projects I’ve seen in a long time. I think it is exactly what Detroit needs right now, and I am excited to be a part of it.”
Josh McManus, Construction Superintendent of the D:hive came from Chattanooga to Detroit in November to launch the D:hive after completing a hugely successful 5-year nonprofit project called CreateHere. “We’re looking forward to taking the great work Inside Detroit has done and building on it to not only introduce people to Detroit, but to follow through on making sure they have all the resources they need to live, work and engage in the city.” McManus is in Detroit for 6 months to help set up the D:hive and will advise the project moving forward.
The D:hive is under the umbrella of the Downtown Detroit Partnership. If you are looking to start a business or project, check out the D:hive BUILD classes. If you already own a business or run an enterprise, the D:hive GROW Peer Roundtables can help. If you are looking for an engaging and high intensity entry level opportunity, then the D:hive Residency Program might be for you. If you want to get involved and engaged in Detroit, D:hive wants to make it happen. Please peruse our temporary Tumblr page, visit the D:hive Welcome Center at 1253 Woodward or call at 313-962-4590.
We look forward to helping you get to know Detroit.
Josh, Jeff, April, Megan, Jeanette, and Erika
The D:hive Construction Team