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. 

Mission

The mission of the Downtown Detroit Partnership is cultivating 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.

Vision

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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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 . . .

The 11th Annual Quicken Loans Season of Winter Magic at Campus Martius Park Hosts “WJR’s 49th Annual Christmas Sing” as it Returns to Downtown Detroit!

December 10, 2014

The 11th Annual Quicken Loans Season of Winter Magic at Campus Martius Park Hosts “WJR’s 49th Annual Christmas Sing” as it Returns to Downtown Detroit!

“Showcase D’Holidays” enters its final two weeks with newly featured restaurants and musical headliners; holiday shopping continues at Somerset Collection CityLoft DETROIT, Mich., December 8, 2014 – Returning to Detroit . . .

Downtown Detroit Partnership Introduces New Website and “Insider’s Guide” Mobile Application

May 21, 2014

Downtown Detroit Partnership Introduces New Website and “Insider’s Guide” Mobile Application

Website & Mobile Guide Helps Locals, Visitors Explore Downtown Detroit DETROIT— May 21, 2014 — The Downtown Detroit Partnership (DDP) today introduced a refreshed website and the Detroit Insider’s Guide . . .

Downtown Detroit Property Owners Approve Business Improvement Zone Catalyzing Downtown Revitalization

April 16, 2014

Downtown Detroit Property Owners Approve Business Improvement Zone Catalyzing Downtown Revitalization

Detroit – It was announced, today, that Downtown Detroit property owners have voted to create a Business Improvement Zone (BIZ), passing with 86% approval. The announcement came from the Downtown . . .

Downtown Detroit Partnership Brings More Placemaking To Urban Core; Basketball Court Opens In Cadillac Square

September 17, 2013

Downtown Detroit Partnership Brings More Placemaking To Urban Core; Basketball Court Opens In Cadillac Square

The Downtown Detroit Partnership (DDP) today announced it is bringing more placemaking to the city’s urban core, including a new basketball court that will open this week in Cadillac Square . . .

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