Detroit & Vegas – A Tale of Two Cities as Our Comeback Kids

It’s always good to hear some good news about cities making a comeback.  Looking at Detroit and Las Vegas is a great way to explore how cities can envision a brighter future for us all.  

View of the Detroit Renaissance Center from within the Detroit Athletic Club, 2012

In this case, Detroit makes a recent Top 10 List highlighting a good bit of what Michigan’s economic centers are doing best lately, as well as back in the good old days of innovating over things like electricity (Thomas Edison) and transportation  (Henry Ford.)

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“The Career Builder study looked at jobs created in the most most populous metros from 2010 to 2012.  Detroit is number 4 on the list, jobs up 5%.”

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Here are some excerpts from the study, featuring Detroit in particular.

Excerpts:

 “There is a close correlation between the top locations for job growth and the concentration of fast-growing industries in those markets,” said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder, in the study released Wednesday.

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…The rebound in manufacturing helped to land Detroit in the top ten.   ~ Career Builder 2012 study

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“Technology hiring is a big contributor for growth in the Bay Area and Raleigh and while Texas cities, Oklahoma and Salt Lake are benefiting from strong oil and gas activity.

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Detroit tops the nation …as the area that’s added the most manufacturing jobs in the country from January 2010 through 2011.  ~ Career Builder 2012 study

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…The rebound in manufacturing helped to land Detroit in the top ten while healthcare continues to thrive in Phoenix.”

The study looked at jobs created in the most most populous metros from 2010 to 2012.

4. Detroit, Mich.

Jobs added from 2010 through 2012: 92,407 (up 5 percent)

According to a report published by think tank Brookings Institution, Detroit tops the nation — coming second only to Charleston, SC — as the area that’s added the most manufacturing jobs in the country from January 2010 through 2011.

Read the full article here.  Via Finance – Yahoo.com - October 29

Surely any Top 10 list is arguable.  The research-minded among us will ask about such things as survey methods, sample size, formats, and scholarship of good question.  Yet it DOES highlight something unmistakable in Michigan, the entrepreneurial spirit

Adding a 2014 update, in spite of a bankruptcy, Detroit IS coming back.  Check out the State of Michigan dashboards, put out by Open Michigan and the Office of Good Government.  Detroit is a big player in the restoration of the health of Michigan.  Here’s an excerpt of ONE of the many Open Michigan dashboards.

To find additional Michigan dashboards, go to:  http://www.michigan.gov/midashboard/

To find additional Michigan dashboards, go to: http://www.michigan.gov/midashboard/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Detroit, Michigan spirit is captured well by a short YouTube video I developed last year after attending TEDxDetroit  (Technology, Education, Design):

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For a different perspective on another scrappy city, how about Vegas, Baby!

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The first American city of the new century is a dazzling metaphor for our collapse & may point the way to a glittering triumph of the cities.

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As for me, this past year, I thought I’d never want to visit Vegas, in my lifetime.   Not. EVER.

But then…

I’m now officially on a panel and a facilitator for an Open Space event at a global change practitioner’s conference this past April in VEGAS.  With that, and 5 days in what I knew of “Sin City – Meets Family Friendly” – I was open to possibly changing my mind.  It helped that I was to meet a friend there who knows Vegas.

What captures some of my hopeful experience there is this recent article in the Atlantic which resonates hope in cities that adapt and change.

Excerpts and some of my own photos:

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“Vegas was the rest of the country, but with its foot on the gas…”   ~ Robert Lang, Brookings Mountain West at UNLV

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WE ARE ALL VEGAS  

…financial industry critics have taken to calling Wall Street a giant casino.   …The Las Vegas economy remains a basket case, with an unemployment rate of 12 percent, plus clogged bankruptcy courts and a ravaged real estate market. The American economy isn’t doing much better.

A drive down the Las Vegas strip in 2012

THE NEW VEGAS

This being America though …Las Vegas might be coming back. There’s a recognition among elites that the good old days aren’t returning. (And …champagne of the good times had castor beans in it anyway.)

Below is our panel presenting in Las Vegas on the subject of Trusted Change Advisors.

Us, the panel for the Global Assn. for Change Management Practitioners Conference, 2012 discussing “Success Secrets of Trusted Change Advisors”

Source for the Las Vegas overview:  The Atlantic,
here.

One of the most impressive pieces, by artist Dale Chihuly at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. What a treat to see the real deal.

With the passage of the Detroit Institute of Arts millage by Metro Detroiters this past Tuesday keeping the museum open and accessible, Dan Gilbert’s (Quicken Loans)  and others’ support of Detroit, a Triumph of the Cities and our own improving fortunes and health may be possible in the USA.

Thanks for visiting!   ~  Deb

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