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TechTown’s SWOT City program combines economic development and start-up acceleration strategies to transform historically underserved neighborhoods into vibrant and dense communities. Currently, TechTown works in Detroit’s Brightmoor, East Jefferson, Grandmont Rosedale, Hope Village, Osborn, Southwest, and University District neighborhoods.

Rather than serving businesses alone, TechTown sees a broader obligation to create an enabling environment for economic development — one that addresses five pillars of neighborhood stability: Economy and Employment, Safety, Education, Housing and Social/Civic Engagement.

Over the course of a three-year neighborhood engagement, TechTown assesses the current state of each pillar, develops a comprehensive stabilization and growth strategy for improvement, then works to execute the strategy through its proven programs and a host of program delivery partners.

Together, TechTown and its partners work to create a new economic reality — a liveable and walkable community with the support infrastructure necessary for businesses and residents to thrive in the place they call home.

Want to bring SWOT City to your neighborhood? Email us at

Interested in meeting with our SWOT City team? Make an appointment during our Open Office Hours

SWOT City is supported by the Ford Motor Company Fund,  JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Marjorie S. Fisher Endowment Fund of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, the New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.



August 2012 – August 2014