A welcome center, a job connector, a home-finder, a small-business developer, a tour guide, all-encompassing, all things to all people, all Detroit, all right now. The plan was to connect newcomers and long-time residents to the budding startup and cultural communities in downtown and across the city.
But after three years of funding from the Hudson Webber Foundation in partnership with the Downtown Detroit Partnership, D:hive is splitting into two organizations: Detroit Experience Factory and theBuild Institute. Hudson Webber funded D:hive as a three-year experiment so it could assess its work and then decide whether the city still needed a one-stop welcome shop.
“It’s really terrific and evidence of its success that the three-year trial has expanded into something more permanent,” said Eric Larson, CEO of the Downtown Detroit Partnership.