Type: Public event

Working Together to Achieve Detroit’s Future


Chase Cantrell, Executive Director and Founder of Building Community Value

Date & time

Oct 31, 2018, 2:30-3:50 pm EDT


Weill Hall, Annenberg Auditorium (1120)
735 S. State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Free and open to the public.

The Ford School’s Michigan Politics and Policy class (PubPol 475/750) will be joined by Chase Cantrell, Executive Director and Founder of Building Community Value for a discussion about the future of Detroit on Weds Oct 31, 2:30pm.

We have moved this class session to the larger Ford School Annenberg Auditorium (1120) so this lecture can be open to the public -- we hope to see you there!

About the talk
Civic actors in government, media, philanthropy, and academia measure Detroit’s progress through data and reports. As the numbers rise and fall, especially in this period of transition, we increasingly ask ourselves will we ever see 'one Detroit for all of us?’ Flipping the economic development switch in a city that experienced over a half century of painful loss is an insufficient response to enduring physical and psychological trauma. How can our city begin to treat such collective trauma? We start by talking.

Chase L. Cantrell is the executive director and founder of Building Community Value, a Detroit-based non-profit dedicated to implementing and facilitating real estate development projects in underserved Detroit neighborhoods. An alumnus of the University of Michigan Law School, Chase specialized in real estate and corporate law and has facilitated corporate and real estate acquisitions, sales, and other complex transactions for clients of all sizes (from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies). Through Building Community Value, and in collaboration with academic and community partners, Chase seeks to be a catalyst for sustainable social and economic development that engages distressed communities in creating impactful, resident-led change but, more specifically, that improves livability for all Detroiters. Chase is also currently a non-partisan candidate for the Detroit Charter Revision Commission.”

This class session and discussion is open to the public, we hope to see you there. 


Listen to the talk (MP3)