Home / About the DDP / We Make It Happen Together

We Make
Inclusion Experiences Growth Innovations The Action Development Incubations Connections Together
Happen Together

We Make The Action Happen Together

The Downtown Detroit Partnership (DDP) serves as a strategic partner and fiduciary for key, large-scale events including the Detroit Grand Prix, a subsidiary of the DDP and the 2024 NFL Draft. Our collaboration with public and private partnerships help to make the action happen in Downtown Detroit. Other key partnerships include, serving as fiduciary of the annual Crain’s Detroit Homecoming and more. In keeping the action alive, the DDP also stewards six of Downtown Detroit parks and public spaces.

We Make Connections Happen Together

DDP’s mission 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 the entire community. We are 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. We convene business, philanthropic and government partners to create a vibrant and resilient urban core for Detroit and the region.

We Make Development Happen Together

When it comes to improving public spaces and urban innovation, the Downtown Detroit Partnership is a trusted leader in convening public-private partnerships to move strategic projects forward. Most recently, DDP serves as a conduit to projects under the Revitalization and Placemaking Grant and the revisioning of I-375. Additionally, DDP works to improve mobility and accessibility throughout Downtown; specifically in Campus Martius Park and Grand Circus Park, as well as adding pedestrian bridges to support the large events like the Detroit Grand Prix, and more.

We Make Growth Happen Together

The Downtown Small Business community is an integral part of making growth happen for our city. We proudly share Small Business Spotlights, host Downtown Detroit BIZ Job Fairs throughout the year, and provide critical information and resources to our small business community all year-round.

The Spirit Card

The Spirit Card is the city-wide, digital gift card for the ultimate Detroit experience. With over 100+ participating merchants this e-gift card offers you endless possibilities to treat yourself, friends, family, or employees. When you purchase a Spirit Card, you’re not only buying a gift card but making a meaningful investment in the local economy. Click to purchase your Spirit Card today.

We Make Experiences Happen

The Downtown Detroit Partnership (DDP) creates four seasons of attractions and fun, as we produce more than 2,000 programs and events annually. Whether dropping into a “Yoga in the Park” session at Capitol and Grand Circus Park, attending the Grand Prix, Night Market or an end of the summer concert at Beacon Park, fall festivities, the Detroit Tree Lighting and The Rink at Campus Martius Park we make experiences happen all year-round.

2023 Grand Prix

Check out all that the Grand Prix had to offer when it returned to the streets of Downtown Detroit last year.

2024 Annual Meeting

The DDP held its first in-person Annual Meeting for the first time in two years. Watch the recap below.

We Make Holidays Happen

The Downtown Detroit Partnership produces the Detroit Tree Lighting presented by DTE Foundation. Now, celebrating its 20th anniversary at Campus Martius Park, this hallmark event will be held Nov. 17. Each year, nearly 100,000 attendees gather Downtown to kick-off the holidays just steps from the Cadillac Lodge, a cozy, family-friendly space right next to the Downtown Detroit Markets. As part of the event, attendees will enjoy a spectacular stage and ice show, assortment of festive food trucks, holiday drinks, visits with Santa, and many other attractions. This highly anticipated winter festival is made possible by our generous sponsors and the collective efforts of the Downtown Detroit business community, and civic and community partners. 

Detroit Tree Lighting

Deck out your holiday season in style and enjoy spectacular live entertainment, Olympic figure skaters, and award-winning local performers and skating clubs. The night will also feature amazing lighting attractions, horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday shopping, hot chocolate giveaways, food trucks, visits from Santa, and much more!

Beacon Park ground-breaking

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.

Downtown Detroit Parks

Orci eu lobortis elementum nibh tellus molestie nunc non blandit massa enim nec dui nunc mattis enim ut tellus elementum sagittis vitae et leo duis ut diam quam nulla porttitor massa id neque aliquam vestibulum.

DDP Signature Events

DDP hosts four signature events annually -- Annual Meeting, Party in the Park, Fall Forum: A Real Estate Update, and Detroit Aglow.

Featured Stories

Photo Gallery

Photo Gallery: Detroit Grand Prix

The Downtown welcomed the return of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear! Featuring an array of activities, vendors, concerts, and thrilling races, this was an incredibly executed national event in the heart of . . .

Downtown Stories

Summer in the Parks

DDP is at the forefront of Detroit’s transformation, creating, programming and managing seven award-winning and historically significant parks.

Downtown Stories

Downtown Detroit Job Fair Hits a Homerun

The Downtown Detroit Partnership (DDP) hosted its first Downtown Job Fair of the year on March 20, 2024. This event featured more than 30 employers that were looking to hire. . . .

Downtown Stories

RECAP: Downtown Detroit Partnership 2024 Annual Meeting 

The Downtown Detroit Partnership hosted its Annual Meeting on Thursday, February 22 at MGM Grand Detroit, another fully sold-out signature event. DDP CEO Eric B. Larson provided a welcome and opening remarks to the audience. . . .

Downtown Stories

Feb 2024 Around Downtown: DDP News & Events

At the Downtown Detroit Partnership, we work hard to ensure that we reflect the diverse communities we serve — Detroit’s businesses, employees, residents and visitors. From our board and employees, to . . .

Downtown Stories

2023 End of Year Note

It’s hard to believe that this is our last newsletter of the year, but what a year 2023 has been. This month seemed an excellent opportunity to celebrate how vital . . .

We Make Inclusion Happen Together

From the DDP board to our members, partners, vendors and hiring practices; inclusivity is an integral part of our organization. To ensure a balanced voice, we make an intentional effort to have every part of our organization represents the communities in which we serve. As part of our Diversity and Inclusion initiative, we work collectively to build a vibrant Downtown community, we’re intentional about creating environments that are safe, clean and welcoming for all to access and enjoy.

Motor City Kwanzaa Celebration

The Downtown Detroit Partnership partnered with the City of Detroit’s Councilman Scott Benson, Alkebu-Lan Village, and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History to debut the largest Kwanzaa Kinara in the world. This kickoff event took place on the first day of Kwanzaa, Dec. 26.

We Make Clean Safe Vibrant Communities Together

For some Downtown Detroit is home, and for others it’s a workplace, weekend destination or a must-see attraction for out-of-towners; whatever you call Downtown — our goal is to ensure that it is clean, safe and welcoming while you’re here. We partner with public safety agencies to ensure that our Downtown is vibrant and safe. We contract the Downtown Detroit BIZ ambassadors to help with regular and supplemental beautification, safety and mental health supportive services throughout Downtown.

Plan Your Visit to Downtown Detroit

Find out more about DDP events happening year-round.

Search downtowndetroit.org