Corktown | Ford Resource And Engagement Center


Michigan Central believes being a good neighbor means more than just participating in our community, it means elevating voices and ideas that come from the people who we call neighbors. Open dialogue, collaboration and a community-first approach: we believe this will help drive innovation and equitable outcomes for residents, businesses and innovators.

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Michigan Central Engagement Platform

The Michigan Central Engagement team is planning and designing early program opportunities and we are seeking public insight and feedback on the work in progress. With ongoing public input and dialogue, Michigan Central will become an integral part of the neighborhood – a place that is authentically Detroit, by everyone and for everyone. We are currently working to a design new, more comprehensive digital solution for capturing public feedback and sharing dialogue. If you have comments to share with us in the meantime, please click the link below to send us a message. We look forward to continuing the conversation.

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Michigan Central Art Program

The vision for the art program is to establish the project as a global destination where art is accessible for all and where the future of mobility includes the mobility of ideas and opportunity through art. Through partnership and collaboration, the art will celebrate and offer new platforms to local artists and audiences of adjacent communities, further connecting the people of Detroit to the world. Because innovative art and art programming aim to inspire audiences, create equity, and foster discovery. More details to come.

art exhibits at Michigan Central

Ford Resource & Engagement Center

Ford has been strengthening and investing in Detroit communities for more than 70 years through its philanthropic arm, Ford Fund. It opened its first Ford Resource and Engagement Center in Southwest Detroit in 2013 at the Mexicantown Mercado. It provides a community gathering space for residents to develop new talents, learn new skills and access essential services. Working with non-profit partners, the center offers a Gleaners food hub, legal assistance, income tax preparation, education and job initiatives as well as cultural activities for individuals and families in the surrounding neighborhoods. To date, the center in Southwest Detroit has assisted more than 100,000 local residents, distributed more than 2.7 million pounds of food and helped complete over 11,000 tax returns. 

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MCS Events Sidewalk Art

Being a Good Neighbor

While we work to create Michigan Central, we want to be thoughtful about how we listen, collaborate and empower residents, business owners, and community leaders to be part of the district.  We hold multiple update meetings as well as panel discussions and workshops focused on mobility, innovation and design.

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Good Neighbor


As an active neighbor in the community we want to be part of bringing together residents in an authentically Detroit way.  We do this through Michigan Central sponsored and hosted events that support the local economy, provide activities for visitors and foster a sense of community.

  • Events Outdoor Fire
    Michigan Central Winter Festival

    A 3D light and music show with over 20K attendees

  • Events Parade
    St. Patrick’s Day

    Celebrating Irish History in Corktown

  • Events Corktown
    Corktown Aglow

    Supporting small businesses during the Holiday season

  • Michigan Central Station Halloween
    Halloween Festivities

    Observing Halloween with historic Michigan Central Station as the backdrop

Creating Equity

Thoughtfully creating equity through culture, education, work and innovation.

  • Fast Track MCS
    Fast Track Job Program

    Creating jobs for Detroiters in the skilled trades.

  • City meeting
    The City: One MCS Challenge

    Open Innovation competition to fund community-created solutions to today’s transportation challenges.

  • Capturing beliefs
    Community Grants

    Grants to highlight and support the best of local community and culture.

Community Benefits Ordinance

Under the City of Detroit’s Community Benefits Ordinance, Ford is investing $10 million to support residents of the Michigan Central impact area with key programs that meet the needs of Corktown and Southwest Detroit such as economic growth, housing affordability, workforce development, neighborhood safety and preserving the neighborhood’s culture and quality of life.

These benefits are both in response to the community’s requests and build on Ford’s values which include putting people first, equity, inclusiveness, and innovation. These investments also complement our already $14+ million annual support from Ford’s philanthropic arm, the Ford Fund, to Detroit.

Visit the City of Detroit’s CBO webpage for more information.

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