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Tuesday, 14 September 2021 15:24

GM to Invest $50 Million in Detroit Nonprofit Programs

In 1996, General Motors acquired the Renaissance Center to house its world headquarters and began a transformation, including a revamped Jefferson Avenue Lobby, the addition of GM Plaza and Wintergarden and enhanced public spaces along the Detroit International RiverWalk. Following 25 years of continued enhancements, Detroit’s signature riverside complex is a much different and more vibrant place that has helped spark a downtown renaissance and enhance public spaces along the Detroit River. In 1996, General Motors acquired the Renaissance Center to house its world headquarters and began a transformation, including a revamped Jefferson Avenue Lobby, the addition of GM Plaza and Wintergarden and enhanced public spaces along the Detroit International RiverWalk. Following 25 years of continued enhancements, Detroit’s signature riverside complex is a much different and more vibrant place that has helped spark a downtown renaissance and enhance public spaces along the Detroit River. Steve Fecht for General Motors

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General Motors on Sept. 14 announced it will invest $50 million into Detroit-based nonprofit programs that expand access to education and employment opportunities and strengthen city neighborhoods.

The initiative, launched in collaboration with the City of Detroit, is part of GM’s strategy to promote sustainable solutions through projects that help Detroiters learn, work and thrive.

 

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and GM Chair and CEO Mary Barra discussed the commitment during a fireside chat Sept. 14 at Durfee Innovation Society. They were joined by key nonprofit leaders whose organizations recently have been awarded a total of $4 million in grant funding from GM.

 

“As the home of our headquarters for more than a century, Detroit has always been a priority for General Motors,” said Barra. “We’re invested in supporting a strong future for this community. Our new commitment will help break down barriers and promote growth through education and economic success.”

 

Duggan said, "GM has been a part of this community for the last century, providing good-paying, middle-class jobs for Detroiters. Today's commitment by GM solidifies the company's investment in the people of Detroit, ensuring Detroiters have the skills they need to access these kinds of opportunities for years to come."

 

Of the $50 million commitment, key grants made thus far include:

 

  • $1.25 million to support Human-I-T’s work connecting Detroiters to a comprehensive digital support system that includes internet connectivity, devices, tech support and digital literacy skills to create greater access to education and employment.
  • $1 million to the Detroit at Work People Plan and Community Health Corps to support a multifaceted approach to employment, health and well-being resources coordinated across the city with key agencies.
  • $1 million to United Way’s Ride United, a mobility initiative that aims to address transportation barriers for workers through ongoing partnerships with on-demand ride services and United Way for Southeastern Michigan’s local social service agency partners.
  • $750,000 to Beyond Basics to provide critical literacy education for students at Cody and Mumford High Schools and support adults at the Family Literacy Center at Durfee Innovation Society.

 

“We are honored and excited to work with nonprofit organizations that share our ambition to help Detroit thrive, especially through...


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