Tune in live below to watch Mayor Mike Duggan’s 2019 Mackinac Policy Conference keynote address. The speech will be Thursday, May 30 at 10:45 am.
Mike Duggan is the 75th mayor of the City of Detroit. He has been in office since January 2014 and currently is serving his third four-year term, which will expire at the end of 2025. Born in Detroit, Duggan has spent his entire career working in the city to solve some of the most complex issues facing Detroiters, including crime, blight, transportation, health care and access to jobs.
When he was first elected, Detroit was in the midst of bankruptcy and could not deliver the most basic services due to broken processes and loss of tax base. It also was faced with more than 40,000 abandoned homes dragging down neighborhoods. Under Mayor Duggan’s leadership so far, 35,000 of the vacant homes have been removed or renovated, City services are reliable, and the City’s strong financial stewardship has brought the City’s credit rating to within one notch of investment grade.
In recent years, the Mayor’s success in landing major employers, such as Stellantis’ new Jeep assembly -plant, GM’s Factory Zero, Ford’s Michigan Central campus and a new 4-million-square-foot Amazon fulfillment center, helped drive down Detroit’s unemployment rate to its lowest level (4.8%) in recorded history. Through Duggan’s workforce development program, Detroit At Work, and President Biden’s American Rescue Plan Act, Detroiters now have access to $100 million in job readiness programs to help make them eligible for the abundant job opportunities in the city.
In his third term, Mayor Duggan has shifted the City’s focus from removing blight to creating beauty through more than 160 renovated parks, hundreds of City-sponsored public murals and the conversion of miles of largely abandoned railroad lines as part of the 26-mile recreational loop, the Joe Louis Greenway.
Mayor Duggan married Dr. Sonia Hassan in 2021 and has four adult children.