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Mayor's Update to Residents - August 26, 2022

Saturday, August 27, 2022 11:13 AM | Helen Gales (Administrator)

DDOT to receive $6.9 million as part of Infrastructure Law Funding for Clean Transit Buses 

  • DDOT to receive $6.9 million in FTA funding for electric buses 

  • Four electric buses and charging equipment will be purchased with funding 

  • Grant will double DDOT’s total electric fleet from four to eight buses 

One of four Proterra electric buses DDOT brought online earlier this year. 

The Detroit Department of Transportation will receive Federal Transit Administration funding to buy four battery electric buses and charging equipment, the FTA announced earlier this week. 

The $6.9 million will be used to purchase two 40-foot and two articulated 60-foot buses from manufacturer New Flyer, said DDOT Executive Director of Transit Mikel Oglesby. Funds will also be used to purchase and install charging equipment for the new buses. 

The purchase will double DDOT’s electric fleet from four to eight. DDOT brought into service four electric buses from manufacturer Proterra earlier this year. The FTA funding allows DDOT to test which buses are best suited for Detroit’s climate, charging conditions, and other real-world factors before a larger scale investment is made in electric technology.

The funding supports the State of Michigan's plan to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, according to an FTA statement at https://www.transit.dot.gov/1800buses. Greenhouse gases and their effect on the environment disproportionately impact the historically disadvantaged communities that DDOT serves. 

U of M Forecast shows Detroit’s economy holding steady in face of national economic headwinds

  • Report says most measures of real economic activity, especially in the labor market, have remained strong through the second quarter of the year

  • Growth continues as Detroit development projects and demand among automakers drive city’s economic recovery, risks remain

  • More money in Detroiters’ pockets as wages are expected to grow

The Detroit Economic Outlook for 2021-2027 released this week shows the city’s economy holding up in the face of national economic headwinds, as development projects in Detroit and pent-up demand in the auto industry prove to be major drivers in the city’s ongoing economic recovery.

The forecast report acknowledges that “most measures of real economic activity, especially in the labor market, have remained strong through the second quarter of the year.”

The forecast maintains a faster recovery for Detroit than the state of Michigan overall through 2023. Jobs at establishments within city boundaries are projected to surpass pre-COVID pandemic numbers by the end of 2023. Specifically, job growth is predicted to increase from 3 percent in 2021 to 5.4 percent this year, then cool down to 2.7 percent in 2023, but more development projects could help sustain robust growth.  

Economic growth is expected to moderate to a steady state starting in 2025 as major projects like the Gordie Howe bridge and the Hudson site come online. Blue-collar jobs in manufacturing, construction, and transportation continue to be key drivers for economic growth through 2027. These job gains are the ongoing economic benefits from major city-led projects, such as the Stellantis and General Motors automotive plant expansions and Amazon’s new distribution center.  

Detroit’s unemployment rate dropped to 10.6 percent in May 2022, a significant decline from a nearly 40 percent high in the early days of the COVID pandemic. 

The economic outlook will be discussed at the Detroit Revenue Estimating Conference at 1 p.m. Monday, September 12 in the 13th Floor Erma L. Henderson Auditorium. The public is invited to attend in person or virtually at https://cityofdetroit.zoom.us/j/83125587117.

For more information, read the full story at U of M Forecast Detroit’s economy (detroitmi.gov)

Mayor Mike Duggan spoke this week with student members of the AmeriCorps Detroit Youth Service Corps (DYSC) at Wayne State University. The program engages youth ages 17-24 in 10 weeks of service learning, while providing life skills training and mentoring.

Detroit Animal Care celebrates National Dog Day with free adoptions through August 28

  • Adoption and licensing fees waived through Aug. 28; all dogs are neutered, microchipped, vaccinated and cleared for common diseases

    Buddy is one of the many dogs looking for a home this weekend as Detroit Animal Care celebrates National Dog Day.

    August 26 is National Dog Day, and Detroit Animal Care is celebrating with free adoptions. All adoption and licensing fees are waived through Sunday, August 28. All available dogs are microchipped, neutered and receive a veterinary exam, which includes heartworm testing and vaccinations to prevent dog-related diseases, such as PARVO and distemper.

    Listings of pets available to adopt and foster are updated throughout the week on the Detroit Health Department’s Detroit Animal Care Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/daccadoptables.

    Detroiters are welcome to visit Detroit Animal Care at 7401 Chrysler Drive.  The facility is open to the public for adoptions daily from 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 


    Detroit remains in a high COVID-19 Community Level. Residents can help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by continuing to wear a well-fitting mask indoors in public regardless of vaccination status.

    For residents who are immunocompromised, please consider avoiding non-essential indoor activities in public where they can be exposed.

    Everyone should:

    • Wear a mask or respirator that provides you with greater protection

    • Have a plan for rapid testing if needed

    • If you get COVID, talk to your healthcare provider about whether you are a candidate for treatments like oral antivirals and monoclonal antibodies

    For more information, visit Detroit Health Department (detroitmi.gov).


    Join the Detroit Bike Challenge Strava Club at bit.ly/detbikechallenge.

    Detroit Health Department sponsors final Back-to-School August clinic

    The Detroit Health Department is inviting parents and children to its final Back-to-School August Health Blitz event.  The clinic is set for August 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kemeny Recreation Center, 2260 S. Fort.

    For more information, call (313) 774-5233.

    The City of Detroit is promoting a new nonpartisan program, Detroit Votes 2022, to make civic participation a core priority for the City.

    Detroit Votes 2022 will provide voter registration and voting information to citizens via businesses, colleges, civic organizations and sports teams during the 2022 general election.  

    Detroit Votes 2022 workers began just before the August primary election, knocking on more than 15,000 doors. Between now and the November general election, they expect to reach 100,000 homes.

    For more information, visit Nonpartisan Detroit Votes 2022 Program (detroitmi.gov)

    Do Your Part to Keep Detroit Clean

    The City of Detroit collects bulk items (all year) and yard waste (April - December) every other week at the curb. Here are some reminders:

    Bulk Items
    Bulk items and yard waste should not be mixed. Those items should be placed in separate piles at the curb. 

    Yard Waste
    Yard waste (grass clippings, leaves, twigs, etc.) should be placed in paper lawn bags. Yard waste in plastic bags will not be collected. 

    When items exceed the bulk limit or include materials not collected at the curb (like construction debris), residents have options.

    DPW Paid Pickup Service
    The Department of Public Works will pick up items for $40 per cubic yard. Call (313) 876-0004 for details.

    Use FREE Drop-Off Locations
    Residents can dispose of their bulk, yard waste, and household hazardous items for free. Go here for details.

    For more information on how to keep Detroit clean, visit keepdetroitclean.com.

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