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DRP Press Release: Detroit Regional Partnership Board Adds Two New Board Members

October 8, 2019 Detroit, MI – During the Detroit Regional Partnership’s board meeting today, the board voted unanimously to add two new directors to the board: Oakland County Executive David...

DRP Press Release: Israeli Mobility Startups to visit Detroit, Michigan

DETROIT - September 12, 2019 – DRIVE TLV Innovation Center visit to Detroit will enhance mobility connections between Michigan and Israel. In collaboration with PlanetM/The Michigan Economic...

DRP Press Release: DRP CEO inducted into Virginia Tech Alumni Hall of Fame

July 30, 2019 Detroit, MI –The Detroit Regional Partnerships President and CEO, Barry Matherly, was recently inducted into the Virginia Tech’s School of Public and International Affairs Alumni...


Economic development professionals named to Investment Advisory Council

Nine prominent economic development leaders, including past and present members of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) board of directors, were appointed earlier this month by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross to the Investment Advisory Council (IAC).

IEDC President and CEO Jeff Finkle, CEcD, board member Chris Camacho, and 2016 board chair Barry Matherly, CEcD, FM, HLM were appointed to the 25-member body, with Finkle and Camacho both serving their second term.

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Detroit Regional Partnership targets issues that keep companies away

The Detroit Regional Partnership has formed a problem-solving arm to target issues keeping companies from locating in Southeast Michigan.

It’s inviting groups from higher education, government and the nonprofit and business sectors to participate in solving the issues it’s hearing about from the companies that got away.


'Jobs for all' goal drives Matherly, Detroit Regional Partnership

During a recent meeting to catch up on his first six months on the job, Barry Matherly, CEO of Southeast Michigan’s new economic development group, pulled out a notebook.

There, in the front cover, were five phrases or aspirations, as he called them, to ground him and his team as they work to develop economic development strategies for Southeast Michigan. Among them was the simple phrase “jobs for all.”


From crime capital to America's most exciting city – the remarkable reinvention of Detroit

If Detroit has now turned a page, the chapter began, disastrously, in July 2013 when the city filed for bankruptcy. For a metropolis that, for the first half of the 20th century, had been the most prosperous and innovative in America, it was the final ignominy. But hitting rock bottom had a galvanizing effect: artists, entrepreneurs, and investors began to reimagine Detroit, righting the sinking ship. 


The great transformation: From analog to digital, Detroit Regional Partnership leads new business

In the 130-plus year history of the automobile, the Detroit region has been a leader in the global industry. As the shift to electrification and autonomous control begins, Southeast Michigan is poised to keep and attract manufacturers and suppliers in this new era of transportation.

The newly formed Detroit Regional Partnership, a spin-off of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s business attraction efforts, acts as the first point of contact, coordinating efforts among development groups and businesses to stimulate economic growth in the 11-county area.


Detroit Regional Partnership, region's new business attraction entity, launches website

The newly-formed Detroit Regional Partnership has launched a website along with its brand and logo.

The idea to create a business development and attraction program began in early 2018 by a group of regional CEO’s, including DTE Energy Chairman Gerry Anderson and General Motors CEO Mary Barra, in partnership with the Detroit Regional Chamber




New regional economic development nonprofit gets a name, starts meeting with leaders in 11-county area

The economic development nonprofit created by the “no-name” regional CEO group has a new name and has launched a monthlong “listening tour.”

Led by CEO Barry Matherly, the newly named Detroit Regional Partnership is meeting with stakeholders across 11 counties in Southeast Michigan to learn more about economic-development programs and priorities in each.




New regional economic development group, Detroit Regional Partnership, is up and running

A new organization dedicated to spurring job growth in Southeastern Michigan is up and running. The newly-named Detroit Regional Partnership is charged with creating a world-class marketing and attraction economic development arm for the 11-county region – sending a message to the world that Southeast Michigan is a united region with strong assets.

Led by CEO Barry Matherly, the group kicked off a 30-day listening tour with stakeholders across the 11-county region to learn more about each community’s economic development programs and priorities




New regional economic development group gets name

The unnamed regional economic development group started by an unnamed regional CEO group finally has a name.

The Detroit Regional Partnership is up and running in its charge to market the 11-county region of Southeast Michigan and attract out-of-state business investment here, the nonprofit said in a news release Thursday after it kicked off a 30-day listening tour with stakeholders in the region.




Worth Cities 2018

For about three-quarters of a century after it was built in 1912-1913 for the then-daunting sum of $2.5 million, Michigan Central Station, just west of downtown Detroit, was one of the grandest train stations in the nation. A hub of travel throughout the Midwest during World War I and World War II and the arrival point for thousands of immigrants to Detroit, the magnificent Beaux-Arts building also made a statement about the stature of the city itself.




New Regional Economic Development Group Launches, Hires CEO and Forms Board

A new organization dedicated to spurring job growth in Southeastern Michigan has been launched and has hired its first CEO. Barry Matherly will join the group, transitioning from his role as president and CEO of a similar initiative in Virginia, and will lead the effort to ensure that Southeast Michigan’s 11 counties are served by a well-funded, world-class business attraction initiative.





The still-nameless nonprofit formed by a group of CEOs that’s looking to attract business to Southeast Michigan named its leader, and he’s coming from Virginia.

The regional CEO group led by among others DTE Energy Co. and its top executive, Gerry Anderson, has been planning to launch an economic development organization. The group made news for its regional transit push in the spring and its assertions that Southeast Michigan is lagging behind other regions that have concerted, united attraction efforts in place.




Nameless regional economic group launches, selects CEO

A group of 15 CEOs from Southeast Michigan and the Detroit Regional Chamber have launched an unnamed regional economic entity dedicated to spurring job growth.

Barry Matherly, who heads a similar organization in Richmond, Virginia, will serve as the nonprofit’s CEO starting Jan. 3, working to attract out-of-state and international companies to the 11-county region. The organization will fill a need to attract new businesses to the region and create a single point of entry to connect businesses interested in opening up shop with the right resources.