Detroit mayor reinstates major position at city's grant management office, hoping to tap into "huge wave of momentum" generated by the "Grand Bargain".
"With the advent of the grand bargain, the city continues to benefit profoundly from philanthropy’s investment in its downtown, neighborhoods and social services. The city’s plan of adjustment when it exited bankruptcy required the mayor to have a central person on staff to coordinate the solicitation of philanthropy initiatives.... 'We wanted there to be a central point to tell the department heads who was out there in philanthropy to work with, and to make sure to stay close with heads of philanthropy groups so if there were problems, we could get an early warning,' [Mayor Mike] Duggan said of [Ryan] Friedrichs’ job. The last two mayoral administrations — Kwame Kilpatrick and Dave Bing — did not have a person focusing on philanthropic investment." -- Jennifer Chambers, the Detroit News (via the Elkhart [IN] Truth)