Earlier this year we published the “Inclusive Design Together: Detroit City of Design Monitoring Report,” which showcases the progress of 62 inclusive design projects across the city, reaching 70,000 people in 2018. You can read it in its entirety here. This report includes real stories that embody the hardworking culture of our community and the values of our initative — diverse experiences, accessible opportunities, and collaborative relationships. While there is still much work to do, our coalition of 52 partners are building momentum and we want to give you insight into some of these important case studies.
One of the major areas explored in this report is how investing in design can improve a city. Our own Road to Readiness Program was one of the three programs focused on increasing access to financing and other support for small businesses and entrepreneurs. The program educated small makers and manufacturers on positioning themselves for future capital acquisition, and served 20 participants in 2018. This project helped entrepreneurs expand their growth and understand the potential barriers to capital that exist. Road to Readiness 2019 is currently in full swing, and we look forward to seeing what outcomes occur this year.