What We Do

Bringing the Action

Detroit might seem like most other cities, but at Activate Detroit we know its unique character and complexities. Personalities, policies, and passionate neighborhoods can make completing a project challenging. After one of the biggest municipal bankruptcies in history, and years of neglect and poverty, Detroiters are understandably skeptical. Activate Detroit helps our clients get past that to make positive change happen.

Our decades of experience in the four areas below give us the skills to jump-start your project — and help you see it through. With Activate Detroit, you get more than access. You get action.

Service Areas

We bring vast experience in project management to every service area, so we’re able to help our clients navigate even the most complex projects with confidence.

GOVERNEMNT RELATIONS AND ACCESS

It’s often easier for a city to say “no” to a new idea — but we help our clients find their way through the complexity of Detroit’s government and policies, connecting them with the right people to get to “yes.” We unlock Detroit by working as strategic partners with our clients, bringing creativity and innovation to every project.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Community engagement is at the heart of everything we do. We believe the success of Detroit — and the organizations that establish a presence here — requires the input of community members and public decision-makers. We give everyone a voice, because
both organizations and individuals are the pulse of Detroit.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPEMENT AND LAND USE PLANNING

Detroit is a city that’s constantly rebuilding itself — and we’re proud of the part we play
in that. We not only help our clients turn their concepts into concrete, actionable business plans, but we also have a deep understanding of permits, planning, and zoning requirements necessary to establish a new presence.

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND VALUE PROPOSITIONS

CSR is a must-have in today’s world, and we know how to help organizations establish CSR programs for the good of the community. We also help clients — including educational institutions and nonprofits — recruit board members who will be good stewards of their mission. In addition, we’re skilled at creating value propositions that serve as a guiding light in everything an organization does, from internal operations to stakeholder relations to messaging.

Who we Activate with

Activate Detroit is proud to help companies and organizations, whether global or local, make an impact in Detroit. Some of our clients include:

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Spotlight Projects

AirBnb

Airbnb partnered with Activate Detroit to help build relationships with the community and provide our expertise of Detroit in the development of their experiences program.

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.