Community engagement and government relations company specializing in economic development in Detroit

Creating visionary connections that
build impact and opportunity

We have a heart for the city — and we know how it works, from city government to individual communities. We also understand the needs of companies, organizations, and projects of all sizes looking to be part of the reinvigorated prominence and potential of Detroit and its neighbors. Our mission is to unlock Detroit for our clients in ways that benefit them and the community.


With nearly 100 years of collective experience working in and around Detroit, we have everything it takes to bring projects to life. It’s all about connections and community, and being a strategic thought partner with the vision to see how our clients’ dreams can fit into Detroit’s vibrant business and nonprofit landscape. We pride ourselves on being advocates, for both our clients and the communities where they work.

We have established a reputation as an economic development company in Detroit for inspiring, motivating, and informing our clients — helping them make an impact in Detroit through trust, relationships, and innovative strategic thinking. When we take you on as a client, it’s because we know we can get you to a “yes” that’s good for both you and the community — no matter how steep the climb may seem at the start.

Where We Activate

Each marker on the map represents a client or project collaborating with ActivateDetroit. We are skilled, flexible project managers and urban planners who help our clients unlock Detroit. We are influencers in the community who get people excited about and engaged in our clients’ projects. We adapt our approach to the needs of each client, bringing creativity and innovation to every project, and we manage every detail from the first step to successful completion. Perhaps most important, we are strategic partners who leverage the countless relationships we’ve built over the years.

From community engagement to government relations and access, from economic development and land use planning to corporate social responsibility and value propositions, Activate Detroit provides the full range of expertise our clients need to achieve their goals. To learn more about our economic policy development in Detroit, explore our Service Areas.

Spotlight Projects


Activate Detroit helped Amazon build relationships with the community during the process of bringing a new facility to Detroit.

Founders Brewing Co.

In need of a change in company culture, Activate Detroit stepped in to provide leadership and expertise in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Activation Network

Activate Detroit is an economic development company that strives to integrate neighborhoods’ needs into the business plans we help build. Our Activation Network is more than a client list and transactional projects. We’ve spent decades building up our network by listening to the diverse voices throughout the city. We can take opponents and turn them into advocates. It’s how we can take a good idea and make it a great one.


More About Activation Network

If you are a business or community member trying to accomplish a project, joining the Activation Network should be your first step.