The Detroit Center for Innovation (DCI) is set to be a world-class research, education, and entrepreneurship center in the heart of the city. The center is a collaboration between the University of Michigan (U-M), Related Companies, and Olympia Development to promote innovation and talent-focused community development. The DCI will be a leading magnet for tech talent and innovation, attracting leading businesses to the area, and increasing the region’s and the nation’s global competitiveness. The academic building will educate students for a wide array of current and new economy jobs.
The approximately four-acre new DCI will be anchored by a world-class estimated $250 million, 200,000 square-foot research and education center operated by U-M. The DCI will also include a technology incubator, housing, and green space. Detroit’s leaders, community organizations, foundations, business, and citizens have been working together for years to move the city forward, and the DCI will build on this work and catalyze further momentum. The DCI will combine the academic and research prestige of the University of Michigan with Detroit’s innovative history and singular growth potential.
The DCI will be built in The District Detroit, where it will connect with the innovation corridor and help spur development, job creation, community engagement, and inspire the next generation of trailblazing Detroit talent. In May 2022, Related Companies and Olympia Development of Michigan shared a vision for future development in The District Detroit that will bring new opportunities for affordable and market-rate housing, as well as sustainable green spaces, commercial office space, retail, and restaurants.
The Detroit Center for Innovation is an exciting development for the city, and it is set to transform the landscape of innovation, research, and education in Detroit. The collaboration between the University of Michigan, Related Companies, and Olympia Development will create an inclusive economic growth that propels city-, region-, and statewide job creation. The DCI will build on the incredible work already underway and catalyze this momentum further, by combining the academic and research prestige of the University of Michigan with Detroit’s innovative history and singular growth potential. Keep updated on this exciting project and join the conversation to drive positive change in the city.
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