The Craig Fahle Show

Bankruptcy Reporters Round-Up

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Bankruptcy reporter and Next Chapter Detroit blogger Sandra Svoboda and Bridge Magazine's Urban Affairs reporter Chastity Pratt Dawsey join Craig to recap important discussions from the Mackinac Policy Conference last week.

They discuss the cheerleading power of Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan at the conference. Dawsey and Svoboda tell Craig that Duggan’s charisma and ability to put the issues in perspective is much different than what many state legislators are used to from leaders in Detroit. He’s also brought Detroit’s City Council on board.

Even though there’s a long list of issues to address in Detroit, Svoboda points out that Mayor Duggan can’t do everything at once. The first Senate committee hearing on the package of bills to aid Detroit is set to begin this afternoon, and Duggan is also working on housing auctions and lighting with city committees. Duggan wasn’t the only city official at the conference last week. Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr was also there and discussed plans for the Detroit Water Department. During an interview with Craig last week, Orr said he’s negotiating with two large companies regarding potential management of Detroit’s water.

“People in Detroit know that neighborhoods have a long way to go, but Duggan is building a track record, he’s saying ‘Look at what I’m doing with the lights, look at what I’m doing with the buses,’” says Dawsey of the reaction from legislators at the conference.

There was also a big grant announcement at the conference with the Workforce Intelligence Network (WIN). Southeast Michigan was one of 12 areas to receive part of a $1.3 billion grant to encourage growth in manufacturing jobs. As soon as next fall, Dawsey says Southeast Michigan could see some of that funding coming to the region to provide job training.

--Annamarie Sysling

Find more coverage of Detroit's bankruptcy and its impact on people and neighborhoods on WDET's Next Chapter Detroit blog.

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