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There are signs of economic recovery all around Detroit. Just one year after emerging from bankruptcy, tax revenues are increasing and the city posted a budget surplus in 2015. The fficial unemployment rate has fallen to 10.7%, and housing prices are on the rise in many neighborhoods. Midtown and Downtown Detroit are crowded with construction activity, including the M1 light rail system and the Red Wings hockey stadium, with additional large infrastructure projects on deck. After the upheaval of the Great Recession and transformations brought on by longer-term structural shifts in the labor market, these indicators of economic vitality are very welcome. But there is still much work to do. To keep this momentum going and ensure that economic expansion improves the lives of all Detroit residents, it is critical to invest in the skills the city needs to compete and prosper. Detroit’s workers, job seekers, businesses, education and training institutions, and government leaders, including the reconstituted Mayor’s Detroit Workforce Development Board, need a workforce development system designed for the realities and challenges of Detroit’s new labor market. Making the best possible decisions about how to build a skilled and competitive workforce will require a comprehensive and data-driven understanding of Detroit’s workforce development assets and opportunities, as well as the challenges it faces.