Detroit – Creating “Neighborhoods of Opportunity” is the focus of the 8th annual ARISE Detroit Neighborhoods Rising Summit, which will be held, Saturday, Nov. 4 at the downtown campus of Wayne County Community College District.

The summit’s purpose is to equip resident with strategies to improve their neighborhoods. The event is free and will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The   downtown campus  of WCCCD  is located at 1001 W. Fort Street, Detroit, 48226.  The summit will include a continental breakfast and lunch. People can still register for the summit at

The summit will feature discussions on steering development to improve neighborhoods and as well as promote inclusive and diverse opportunities for job training and neighborhood entrepreneurship.

“With all the talk about the so-called two Detroits, we thought it was important to highlight efforts and opportunities to build equity into Detroit development and job opportunities,” said Luther Keith, executive director of ARISE Detroit! “The summit offers a way for the community to learn about such opportunities and, more importantly, take advantage of them.”


Sponsored by the Kresge Foundation, the DTE Energy Foundation and Detroit Future City, the summit includes 12 workshops and more than 50 community leaders offering expertise in neighborhood transformation, including:

–Connecting neighborhood entrepreneurs to funding sources and promoting neighborhood entrepreneurship.

–Home buying through the Detroit Land Bank and other programs.

–Fighting crime and curtailing blight.

–Using community collaborations to procure volunteers and sponsors for community projects.

—Finding jobs and overcoming barriers to employment.

—Finding funding and strategic planning support for neighborhood projects.

–Pathways to create strong community leaders.

–Millennial leadership, focusing on what that millennial generation is doing to help neighborhoods..

Workshops will be held from 10:45 a.m. to noon.,  and from 1:45 p.m. to 3 p.m.


The summit will also feature community organization exhibitors with information and resources to help neighborhood residents.