About the Downtown Detroit Partnership

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The Downtown Detroit Partnership is a group of diverse business and community leaders committed to supporting a vibrant, thriving and welcoming urban center through innovation, investment, philanthropy and community building.

DDP strengthens and supports Downtown Detroit through strategic initiatives and programs. We convene business, philanthropic and government partners to create a vibrant and resilient urban core for Detroit and the region. The DDP provides thought leadership on a broad range of timely issues affecting our community and advocates on behalf of Detroit residents and small and local businesses and convenes corporate philanthropic and government partners. 


The mission of the Downtown Detroit Partnership is to cultivate economic and social impact in Downtown Detroit by connecting public, private and philanthropic sectors, providing stewardship of public spaces, and developing programs that engage and benefit all.


Detroit is a city that welcomes everyone to work, live, play and visit.

Core Values

Promoter of diversity, equity and inclusion

Passion for Detroit and a steward of Downtown 

Integrity in everything we do and providing a balanced voice in the community

Striving for excellence in our work every day

DDP Divisions

DDP Corporate

We take an active role in development, planning and placemaking decisions that increase the city’s economic prosperity. We also work with key stakeholders in the public and private sectors on multiple programs and projects to enhance Downtown’s appeal to businesses, residents and visitors. Additionally, we provide direct services that make Downtown a cleaner and safer place.

Business Improvement Zone

The Downtown Detroit Business Improvement Zone (BIZ), established in 2014, is a special assessment district funded by Downtown Detroit’s commercial property owners. The BIZ team works to create a clean, safe, beautiful, and welcoming environment by leveraging the collective resources of property owners, the City of Detroit, and other stakeholders.

Downtown Detroit Parks

DDP programs and manages nearly 2,000 events annually in Downtown Detroit Parks + Public Spaces, including: Campus Martius Park, Cadillac Square, Beacon Park, Capitol Park, Grand Circus Park, and the Woodward Esplanade. These award-winning public spaces attract residents, visitors, and businesses and serve as catalysts for new investments and developments in the city.

The Downtown Detroit Partnership (DDP) collaborates with the Business Improvement Zone (BIZ) to leverage local business and community leaders to provide a vibrant Downtown Detroit that is welcoming to all.

The DDP is honored to have top business and community leaders serve on its Board of Directors. These leaders are committed to a vibrant Detroit, and their experience and continued investment help create a better . . .

DDP’s team are urban innovation experts that bring programming, management, and events to the Downtown throughout the year.

We believe that inclusion, diversity, and equity is about creating a culture that embraces the uniqueness of individuals and is representative of our Downtown Detroit stakeholders.

The Downtown Detroit Partnership is a member-based nonprofit committed to creating a vibrant and world-class urban core in Downtown Detroit. As Downtown Detroit continues to expand its story, we invite you to become a member . . .

Future opportunities for DDP projects

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All Detroit’s a Stage

December 12, 2022

All Detroit’s a Stage

“Detroit is big enough to matter in the world and small enough for you to matter in it.” That quote is from a conversation with Jeanette Pierce, CEO of the . . .

100 is Much More Than a Number

August 23, 2022

Eric B. Larson

100 is Much More Than a Number

By Eric B. Larson As we put the final touches on our Centennial Celebration, I can’t help but reflect on what it means for the organization. There is some inherent . . .

Shifting Detroit Into the Future

July 26, 2022

Shifting Detroit Into the Future

By Eric B. Larson You may have noticed that I close each CEO Update with “See you in the parks.” This statement has a deeper purpose and meaning than simply . . .

CEO Eric Larson and CAO Lila Asante-Appiah talk about DEI within DDP

June 15, 2022

Eric B. Larson

CEO Eric Larson and CAO Lila Asante-Appiah talk about DEI within DDP

Earlier this summer, I asked our Chief Administrative Officer, Lila Asante-Appiah, to take some time to talk about Juneteenth and more broadly about diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) programs. DEI . . .

Downtown Detroit Perceptions Survey

April 8, 2022

Downtown Detroit Perceptions Survey

The 2022 Downtown Detroit Perceptions Survey is ready and needs your input! This biannual survey aims to gather input from people who live in, work in, and visit Detroit and use . . .

Survey Says: Metro Detroiters Love Downtown Detroit

February 4, 2015

Survey Says: Metro Detroiters Love Downtown Detroit

Survey says: Metro Detroiters love downtown Downtown Detroit Partnership survey sets new benchmarks for progress DETROIT, Mich., February 24, 2015 – Downtown Detroit received rave reviews in a recent survey . . .

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