30 chosen for inaugural Challenge Detroit program

Urban Revitalization project looks to attract new leaders, talent to Detroit

DETROIT - Thirty people from across the U.S. and Canada have been picked to take part in the inaugural Challenge Detroit program.

The urban revitalization project's goal is to help revitalize the Detroit region by attracting and retaining innovative leaders who will bring their intellectual capital and talents to the city.

More than 900 applicants vied for the 30 spots.

The participants are coming to Detroit from Arizona, Wisconsin, New York, Virginia, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Tennessee, North Carolina, Illinois and Ontario.

During their year in Detroit that starts in August, they'll work with nonprofits on initiatives such as developing opportunities for social entrepreneurship; addressing urban issues pertaining to regional planning; and distributing food to those in need.

Participants get a $500-a-month housing stipend and a $30,000 salary.

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