Detroit Community Forum Building a Strong and More Equitable Future

This forum is part of Project Hometown, a new initiative from the Chicago Fed that aims to foster discussion around the challenges and opportunities confronting hometowns in the Seventh District.

This virtual event will bring together government, community, health, and business leaders to discuss visions for how Detroit recovers from the Covid-19 crisis. Charles Evans, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, will moderate a discussion exploring how Detroit can meet the public health challenge of the Covid-19 pandemic, rebuild the economy, and ensure all residents share in a strong future for the city.

In this one-hour virtual convening, experts will discuss:

  • How the public health challenges have been experienced in both Detroit and Michigan, and the prognosis for public health as we move forward.
  • Where the economic crisis has been felt most acutely and what that means for the future of economic activity, development, and revitalization.
  • How Detroit and Michigan can address the long legacy of racial and other barriers that have limited opportunities for too many people even in good times.
  • The long-term implications of the pandemic for vulnerable residents of Detroit, including children, and how these can be addressed or ameliorated.
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