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City of Detroit begins $6M remake of Roosevelt Park in front of Michigan Central Station
July 19, 2022
Joining Mayor Mike Duggan and other city officials were dozens of community members, business owners and also Joshua Sirefman, CEO of Michigan Central, a 30-acre walkable community anchored by The Station in development by Michigan Central Innovation District LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ford Motor Company.
Michigan Central Creates $500,000 Resource for Neighboring Detroit Businesses
June 8, 2022
As many as 25 local businesses will be selected for the Advancing Community Businesses program, which kicks off this month in a partnership with the Build Institute and Prosperous Detroit
Detroit Riverfront Conservancy and Partners Break Ground on Southwest Greenway
April 6, 2022
Southwest Greenway is being designed as a beautiful public space connecting the Detroit Riverfront and future Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park with Michigan Central and neighborhoods throughout Southwest Detroit, Mexicantown and Corktown.
Cross-Functional Teams at Ford Use 3D Printing to Capture Fine Details of Window Decorations, Ceiling Tiles for Michigan Central Station
April 5, 2022
While architectural restoration isn’t an area of expertise you might expect to find at an automobile company, several teams at Ford are collaborating to deploy their skills to restore some of the finest, most intricate details of Michigan Central Station, which will serve as the anchor of the Michigan Central mobility innovation district when it opens next year.
Michigan Central Shares Some of Its Ingredients for Impactful Innovation at SxSW
March 23, 2022
Carolina Pluszczynski, Michigan Central development director, was joined by Satish Rao, chief product officer of Newlab, and Tim Slusser, chief of mobility innovation for the city of Detroit, to discuss the process of designing the mobility innovation district with the technology-minded, solution-oriented attendees of South by Southwest (SxSW) in Austin, Texas.
Introducing Michigan Central’s New CEO – Joshua Sirefman
February 21, 2022
Michigan Central takes another important step today as it names Joshua Sirefman its new CEO.
Michigan Central Founding Member and Partnership Announcement
February 4, 2022
Three and a half years ago, we shared a bold vision for Michigan Central. We’re not just restoring an iconic building, we’re creating a unique mobility innovation district where the world will come to solve the mobility challenges of the future, together.
Michigan Central: Innovating Together for a Better Tomorrow
February 4, 2022
Michigan Central invites you to join us for exciting news on how we’re advancing the vision for our mobility innovation district. Join key public and private leaders from the region and varied industries as we share new details on the progress of the development including who will be joining us to help create this future.
Michigan Central Advances Plans for Mobility Innovation District; Google Joins Ford as Founding Member; State of Michigan, City of Detroit Make Critical New Commitments
February 4, 2022
Michigan Central – a mobility-focused innovation district connecting innovators with Fortune 500 companies, government entities and others – announces new commitments with the state of Michigan, the city of Detroit and tech leader Google to continue creating a hub for mobility innovation, entrepreneurship, sustainability and community development
Electrified Corridor to Serve as a Tool to Help Michigan Central Partners Solve Mobility Challenges
February 1, 2022
Michigan Central will soon be adding another valuable new resource to its mobility partners’ toolkit, as they tackle the mobility challenges of the future. Inductive charging will be coming to the district’s area, allowing for the testing of the next generation of battery-electric vehicle charging technology.
Governor Whitmer Announces Air Mobility Corridor Development in Michigan and Ontario
January 5, 2022
First-of-its-kind aerial mobility corridor study will test the feasibility of commercial drones and other aerial systems in three areas, including cross-border
November’s From Seed to Scale
December 20, 2021
Exploring the Fundraising Journey Panel
Ford plans to turn Michigan Central Station and grounds into a showplace for public art
November 19, 2021
A collection of public art will fill and surround Detroit’s Michigan Central Station once its renovation is complete thanks to a collaboration involving Ford Motor Co. and Detroit artists.
ACCESSIBLE STREETS STUDIO VIRTUAL SHOWCASE
November 9, 2021
In November we hosted a virtual showcase to celebrate the Accessible Streets Studio
Ford and Newlab Announce Startups to Pilot New Electric Vehicle Tech in Mobility Innovation Program
October 28, 2021
Ford and Newlab Announce Startups to Pilot New Electric Vehicle Tech in Mobility Innovation Program
Bamboo: Fall Mobility Show & Tell
October 12, 2021
In September we hosted our Fall Show & Tell meetup, where new mobility technologies that are being piloted and tested around the world were showcased.
Ford Land, Vokal Ventures and Detroit Opportunity Fund II to Form Joint Venture for Innovative Mobility Hub in Corktown
September 28, 2021
Ford Land, Vokal Ventures LLC and Detroit Opportunity Fund II, an entity controlled by the Rakolta family, have announced plans to form a joint venture to construct, operate and maintain the Bagley Mobility Hub, the first new build within Michigan Central, Ford Motor Company’s new mobility innovation district in Corktown.
Newlab Research Shows Detroit Is An Ideal Hub For Innovation
September 16, 2021
Newlab has its sights set on another major city with extraordinary potential to serve as a hub for transformative innovation: Detroit, where Newlab is currently working with Ford to help create an ambitious mobility innovation district anchored by Detroit’s iconic Michigan Central Station.
BAMBOO: CREATING EQUITY WITH MOBILITY INNOVATIONS
August 25, 2021
New solutions to mobility are launching in neighborhoods and communities across the world.
Michigan Central Innovation District Has Made Great Strides Since June 2018 Announcement
August 19, 2021
Despite a global pandemic, vision for that innovation district has only sharpened and grown, with new plans to welcome innovators from around the globe to design and prototype in one of the nation’s most important historical restoration projects, with deep roots in, and deep commitment to, the Detroit community.
BAMBOO: SUMMER MOBILITY SHOW & TELL
July 27, 2021
The Summer Show & Tell meetup is an event showcasing mobility technologies around the world piloting.
First Accessible Streets Studio Pilots Launch This Summer
July 14, 2021
Construction won’t be completed on Michigan Central Station until 2022, but the mobility innovation district around the iconic landmark is already coming to life with transportation pilots designed to serve the community.
Michigan Central: Future of Global Mobility | Ford
June 24, 2021
Michigan Central is a new mobility innovation district located in Corktown, Detroit’s oldest neighborhood. Ford Motor Company is restoring the city’s iconic train station to be the centerpiece of this district, where mobility innovators and disruptors from around the world will develop, test, and launch new urban transportation solutions. Michigan Central will become part of the fabric of the neighborhood, with new and revitalized buildings, public spaces, a mobility testing platform and locally inspired retail, restaurants, hospitality and community amenities. This video was created by Detroit filmmaker Stephen McGee and poet Jessica Care Moore.
First Major Renovation To Open At Michigan Central
June 4, 2021
The Book Depository will be the first major renovation at Michigan Central to open its doors, as one of several anchor buildings that will welcome entrepreneurs and startups as well as members of Ford’s mobility team from Detroit and around the world to develop, test and launch solutions to urban transportation challenges.
Message Mystery at Michigan Central Station
May 27, 2021
Days after unveiling the all-electric Ford F-150 Lightning, the next big reveal for Ford Motor Company is not a vehicle at all. Crews working at Michigan Central Station recently stumbled upon a pre-Prohibition-era Stroh’s beer bottle with a mysterious message neatly rolled and stuffed inside. Ford archivists removed the paper Thursday to reveal a message that is believed to have been written by two men who worked on the station’s original construction in 1913, though the entirety of the message is unclear.
The Accessible Streets Studio Announces First Cohort of Entrepreneurs
May 20, 2021
Michigan Central, Ford Motor Company’s new mobility innovation district in Corktown, and Newlab, a community of experts and innovators applying transformative technology to solve the world’s biggest challenges, today announced that seven companies from a competitive pool of global applicants have been selected as members of the inaugural cohort of the Accessible Streets Studio.
BAMBOO: VENTURE CAPITAL DISCUSSION
May 19, 2021
In May Bamboo hosted a panel discussion focused on opportunities in venture capital for mobility startups. During this event we heard from founders who’ve recently closed rounds and investors who’ve supported their journey, discussed when to take on investment, different strategies for fundraising, and how to find the right partners and capital type to grow.
SPRING SHOW & TELL – LESSONS IN PILOTING
April 27, 2021
The Spring Show & Tell meetup is an event showcasing mobility technologies around the world piloting.
Michigan Central: Meet the Book Depository Designer
February 9, 2021
Next door to Michigan Central Station, sits the Albert Kahn-designed former Detroit Public School Book Depository. Global architect firm Gensler is reimaging this long-vacant building into the industrial center of Ford’s Michigan Central innovation district, with maker spaces, co-working areas, labs and mobility studios. Lily Diego, design director at Gensler’s Detroit office, chats with Amanda Lewan, co-founder and CEO of local co-working space Bamboo, about how her team will transform this art deco structure into a modern work environment that will foster innovation, connection and community.
Michigan Central: Meet Our Architect
February 9, 2021
The 30-acre site plan for the Michigan Central mobility innovation district was developed by lead architect and strategic planner Practice for Architecture and Urbanism. Founder and creative director Vishaan Chakrabarti envisions an inclusive, vibrant and walkable community anchored by Detroit’s iconic train station. Hear his conversation with Corktown resident and community organizer Debra Walker about how the plan will improve connections to the neighborhood, preserve the history of the area with a mix of old and new and drive innovation.
The Bold Ones
December 4, 2020
In order to know the bones of city, you have to know every brick of it’s story.
Michigan Central: Meet our Landscape Designer
December 4, 2020
Award-winning Boston landscape architect Mikyoung Kim Design, working with Detroit-based livingLAB, has been tapped to design the mobility platform and other open spaces around Michigan Central into innovative civic centers that welcome the community in. Founder Mikyoung has a zoom conversation with Southwest Detroit resident and Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation Programs and Development director Alexis Zavala about how her team will approach this landmark project.
Stone Carver Re-Creates 11,500-Pound Limestone Capital For Michigan Central Station
November 19, 2020
A new 11,500-pound replica of an original capital stone has been created and installed in the Waiting Room façade of Detroit’s historic Michigan Central Station after more than 400 hours of work by a mid-Michigan stoneworker. Ford Motor Company is restoring the building to its original grandeur as the centerpiece of a new mobility innovation district in Corktown.
Ford Unveils Details of its Plans for Detroit’s Corktown
November 18, 2020
Two years ago, when Ford announced its intention to create the Michigan Central mobility innovation district, it created waves because the site included some of Detroit’s most iconic buildings—landmarks that had languished for decades.
Ford Unveils Michigan Central Site Plan for Corktown
November 17, 2020
Ford Motor Co. on Tuesday unveiled its site plan for Michigan Central, the project to transform the area around the historic former train depot in the city’s Corktown neighborhood into a campus focused on the mobility and transportation methods that will define the future of the automotive industry.
Ford to revamp Detroit book warehouse into innovation hub
November 17, 2020
Ford Motor Co. revealed plans Tuesday to transform a long-vacant book warehouse into a hub for automobile innovation in Detroit’s oldest neighborhood.
A Conversation with Ford – November 17, 2020
November 17, 2020
Recording of community presentation revealing Michigan Central Site Plan.
Ford Reveals Plans For Inclusive, Vibrant, Walkable Mobility Innovation District Around Michigan Central Station
November 17, 2020
Ford’s vision for a 30-acre walkable community anchored by iconic Michigan Central Station is part of its plan to reshape the future of global mobility, working with other partners and connecting to a broader network of city and regional assets and innovation.
Listen & Learn Series: Reimagining Open Space with Mikyoung Kim Design
November 9, 2020
November 9th Zoom Recording of the Michigan Central Listen and Learn Session
3D Scanning Technology Helps Transform Michigan Central Station
October 29, 2020
Ford Motor Company is using innovative 3D scanning technology to re-create some of the most precious pieces of 106-year-old Michigan Central Station, as transformation of the iconic building enters a phase of heavy masonry and interior restoration work.
Michigan Central Listen & Learn Series: Accessible Streets Studio with Newlab
October 27, 2020
October 27th Zoom Recording of the Michigan Central Listen and Learn Session
Detroit Residents Get Fast Track To Michigan Central Station
September 16, 2020
Ford Motor Company, Christman|Brinker, Detroit at Work, Workforce Development Institute, Barton Malow, SkillSmart and Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council yesterday launched the Fast Track Job Program at Michigan Central Station.
Plans for first self-driving corridor announced in Michigan from Detroit to Ann Arbor
August 13, 2020
Government officials and Ford Motor Company announced plans for a major transportation initiative in southeast Michigan – a first-of-its-kind autonomous vehicle corridor that would stretch from downtown Detroit to Ann Arbor.
Ford, Bedrock And Bosch Exploring Highly Automated Vehicle Technology In Detroit To Help Make Parking Easier
August 6, 2020
Ford Motor Company, Bedrock and Bosch are launching a demonstration project with connected Ford Escape test vehicles that can drive and park themselves inside Bedrock’s Assembly Garage in Detroit using Bosch smart infrastructure. This is the first U.S. infrastructure-based solution for automated valet parking where the vehicle will park itself inside a parking garage.
Michigan Central and the rebirth of Detroit
July 11, 2020
Rick Novasky has never forgotten the day back in the 1980s when he was working a shift in the ticket office at Detroit’s Michigan Central Station.
A Conversation with Ford – June 25th 2020
June 25, 2020
Recording of meeting between Michigan Central and the Detroit Community regarding the Michigan Central Mobility Innovation District
Ford’s Michigan Central And Newlab Collaborate To Drive Sustained Mobility Innovation Investment In Detroit
June 25, 2020
Michigan Central, Ford Motor Company’s development in Corktown, and Newlab, home to over 800 engineers, entrepreneurs, and inventors applying transformative technologies to things that matter, today announced a collaboration to foster an innovation ecosystem committed to helping shape the future of mobility in a way that benefits everyone. Pairing Ford’s automotive industry leadership with Newlab’s successful studio model, the alliance aims to tackle complex transportation problems related to connectivity, autonomy and electrification.
Detroit Announces Winners Of The City:One Challenge
January 20, 2020
After working collaboratively with residents in Detroit to identify transportation challenges and propose new ways to improve mobility in their communities, the city of Detroit announces the winning pilot proposals for the City:One Michigan Central Station Challenge.
A Century Later, Same Indiana Quarry Again Provides Limestone For Michigan Central Station
November 13, 2019
To retain the historical integrity of the station, which first opened in 1913, the limestone blocks being used to replace the deteriorating stone on the façade will be sourced from the same Indiana quarry that provided the limestone during the original construction. Some of those early blocks of limestone still lie in a field a few feet from where they were first mined more than 100 years ago.
Bill Ford Makes Employee’s Marriage Proposal Wish A Reality
October 22, 2019
In 2017, Wesley Burkman’s life took an unexpected – and tragic – turn. His wife, Aleea, passed away at age 29, within a few weeks of being diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer. In the time that followed, Burkman’s Ford colleagues gave him an outpouring of support to help him cope. People often asked him if his work was being flexible.
Dear Corktown, What Will the Future Hold with Ford Moving In?
October 18, 2019
When Ford Motor Company purchased Michigan Central Station in 2018 in Corktown, Detroit, the landmark had been vacant for years. Billionaire Matty Moroun’s company Controlled Terminals Inc. owned the station since 1992, promising restoration plans that never transpired. The station decayed over time from years of neglect and turned into a symbol of the blight representative of Detroit’s now-infamous past.
Ford Fund Shares The Joy And Celebration Of The Detroit Youth Choir With Scholarships, 15-Passenger Transit Van
September 29, 2019
Ford Motor Company Fund is investing in the future with scholarships for each member of the Detroit Youth Choir who participated in their inspiring run on America’s Got Talent. Ford Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company, is also helping to address the choir’s mobility needs by providing the group with a 15-passenger Transit van. Ford Fund is a longtime investor in the culture, arts and youth that help strengthen our communities, enrich the quality of life and bring people together
Ford And Its Michigan Central Station Contractors Bring Trade Jobs Back To Detroit
September 26, 2019
Seven young men from Detroit’s Randolph Technical School are among the team of workers helping RAM Construction Services with masonry and brick repairs at Michigan Central Station, which Ford Motor Company purchased last summer.
Ford, Detroit And PlanetM Launch $250,000 Community Challenge To Improve Mobility Around Michigan Central Station
June 20, 2019
The City of Detroit and PlanetM today are launching the City:One Michigan Central Station Challenge , a co-creation and crowdsourcing program for residents, businesses and community groups to propose and pilot solutions that improve mobility in the neighborhoods surrounding the historic train station.
Ford Opens Information Center In Corktown, A New Platform To Engage With The Community
June 19, 2019
Ford is opening an information center at The Factory at Corktown. Located at 1907 Michigan Avenue, the space will provide the public with access to project information, construction updates, mobility pilot programs and technologies, as well as community initiatives.
Ford Community Grants Celebrate The Diverse Culture And Vibrant Neighborhoods Surrounding Michigan Central Station
June 14, 2019
As part of its Celebrating Culture and Community Grants Program, Ford Motor Company is awarding $250,000 this year to support nonprofit projects that reflect the unique culture and history of the neighborhoods surrounding Michigan Central Station.
Michigan Central Station’s Masonry, Steel Structure Are The Focus Of Second Phase Of Construction
May 23, 2019
Ford announced today that the second phase of construction at Michigan Central Station is underway, including restoring eight acres of masonry and repairing the steel structure of the historic Beaux-Arts building. The masonry repairs are the most labor and time intensive part of the restoration project and will continue into 2021.
Plumb Gig: Ford Hires History-Making Detroit Plumber To Preserve Station
March 8, 2019
As Ford works to rebuild the historic Michigan Central Station, it is only fitting that one of its contractors has herself made history.
Four decades ago, when Adrienne Bennett earned her plumber’s license, she became the first woman in Michigan to successfully complete a plumbing apprenticeship program in the state. A few years later, when she became a licensed master plumber and plumbing contractor, she was the first female in North America to do so.
Ford Motor Company To Procure Locally Sourced Michigan Wind Energy Through Collaboration With Dte Energy
February 21, 2019
Ford Motor Company’s Dearborn Truck Plant, home of the Ford F-150 and Ford Raptor, Michigan Assembly Plant, home of the new 2019 Ford Ranger, and several new buildings on the Ford Research and Engineering Campus and Corktown campus, including Michigan Central Station, will soon be powered by 100 percent locally sourced renewable energy. This is in addition to the 500-kilowatt solar photovoltaic panel system already in place at Michigan Assembly.
Ford Hosts Winter Festival At Michigan Central Station
January 18, 2019
Ford’s Michigan Central Station Winter Festival opened today to a large crowd that braved the weather to enjoy a 3D light show on the iconic building, a night market and a first-of-its-kind exhibition of train station artifacts curated by the Detroit Historical Society. Other family-friendly activities include live graffiti painting, face painting, fire pits with s’mores, artist demonstrations, live performances, vendor shops, community booths and an ice sculpture of the train station.
Return Of More Artifacts Allows Ford To Create A New Michigan Central Station Exhibit
January 11, 2019
Since Ford announced plans to purchase the iconic train station last June as the centerpiece of its new mobility campus, residents from Metro Detroit and beyond have brought back a variety of artifacts and decorative parts taken from the historic building during the three decades it stood abandoned. From old mail chutes to fountains to light fixtures, these salvaged objects are not only helping Ford in its preservation efforts but play an important role in linking the station’s past to its future.
Ford Begins First Phase Of Construction At Michigan Central Station
December 4, 2018
This week, Ford begins its renovation of 105-year-old Michigan Central Station in the historic Corktown neighborhood. In revitalizing this Detroit landmark into the centerpiece of a new campus, Ford seeks to shape the future of transportation.
Ford Selects Restoration Design And Construction Partners For Michigan Central Station
November 8, 2018
Ford Motor Company is advancing its Corktown campus plans with the selection of its first architectural and construction partners that will work on restoring Michigan Central Station to its original grandeur. Quinn Evans Architects will lead the design work, while Christman and Brinker are teamed up in a joint venture to serve as construction manager for the Corktown transformation project.
Michigan Central Station Comes Alive For Halloween
October 31, 2018
Ford and its community partners today hosted a family friendly Halloween event at Michigan Central Station, Detroit’s most iconic landmark, for 800 neighborhood residents and Ford employees.
William Clay Ford Jr. Interview | A Drink With – Detroit
October 23, 2018
Welcome to the Season Finale of Season 2 of “A Drink With – Detroit!” This week we are pleased to be sharing a drink with someone we’ve been wanting to have on the show since the beginning, William Clay Ford Jr. Ford is the great grandson to the founder of Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford, and is the company’s current executive chairman.
Ford Opens Historic Train Station To Listen To New Ideas, Voices Of Corktown Community
August 18, 2018
Ford Motor Company sharpened its vision for Detroit’s Corktown community by inviting nearly 200 millennial leaders from across the region to participate in Reimagined Detroit Tech, a day of design challenges, workshops and community building ideas focused on shaping the future of Detroit’s oldest neighborhood.
Ford Delivers New Transit To Help Feed Detroit’s Homeless At Roosevelt Park Near Michigan Central Train Station
July 20, 2018
On Saturday, Ford Motor Company delivered a 12-passenger Transit van to The Ark Association. Every Saturday for the past 17 years they have set up shop at Detroit’s Roosevelt Park in front of Michigan Central Station to provide food, clothing and hope to the hungry and homeless.
Ford Acquires Iconic Michigan Central Station As Centerpiece Of New Detroit Campus To Usher In Ford’s Smart, Connected Future
June 19, 2018
In a week in which the company celebrated its 115th anniversary, Ford today formally announced the acquisition of Michigan Central Station. Ford employees, city and state officials, Corktown residents and Detroit civic leaders attended the ceremony at the iconic former train station.
Bill Ford shares vision for Corktown
June 17, 2018
Day after day, Bill Ford drove his Mustang GT along Michigan Avenue between Dearborn and Detroit, past the graffiti-covered train station. And he started to wonder about his legacy, his family’s legacy and the future of Ford Motor Co.
Inside the decaying Detroit train station Ford is transforming into its self-driving car hub
June 10, 2018
Ford Motor Company is stepping up its efforts to help Detroit compete with Silicon Valley. The automaker will reveal plans Tuesday morning to transform a 105-year-old train station into its high-tech base for the future of automotive mobility. Ford executive chairman Bill Ford Jr. recently gave “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King an exclusive tour of the historic space.