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The Detroit River Coalton is the only binational environmental resource hub coordinating communities for the purpose of litter removal and protection of the shared Detroit River. Our vision is to bring together and provide a platform for researchers, universities, nonprofits, practitioners, environmentalists, artists and designers to be thought leaders and brainstorm tangible solutions for the region. We serve as a vehicle for solutions-based networking with a focus on single-use plastic pollution and microplastics as it relates to local, regional, and global effort for impactful collaboration and representation of the binational region.



    Global Ties Detroit is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that hosts international exchange programs on behalf of the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and other governmental organizations, universities, and think tanks that promote global exchange and citizen diplomacy. 

    Our goal is to connect international professionals and emerging leaders in a variety of fields with their Detroit counterparts for the purpose of forging lasting relationships that may one day become a powerful tool for addressing some of our biggest global challenges.  To achieve this goal, Global Ties Detroit visitors meet with our extensive network of Detroit-area institutions, organizations, companies, and individuals who specialize in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. This network includes leading voices in over 50 fields, guaranteeing meaningful exchanges centered on topics such as entrepreneurship, innovation, civic engagement, immigration, education, economic development, public health, and more. 

    While in Detroit, we aim to provide our international visitors with opportunities to cultivate deeper connections and more meaningful cross-cultural exchange. This includes pairing 70% of our visitors with homestay host families and arranging Delegate Dinners for volunteer hosts to share a meal with visitors during their stay in Detroit. Global Ties Detroit also organizes international speaker programs, cultural dinners, and  #globalhangout networking events to engage Detroit’s diverse, globally minded citizens. 

      design core DETROIT


      Our mission is to establish Detroit as a recognized and valued world-class resource for creative talent by strengthening and promoting design-driven businesses and positioning Detroit design as having unique value.

      As the steward of Detroit's UNESCO

      City of Design designation, Design Core, uplifts and supports regional design talent and assets to drive sustainable and equitable economic growth across southeast Michigan.


        The mission of Belle Isle Conservancy is to protect, preserve, restore and enhance the natural environment, historic structures, and unique character of Belle Isle as a public park for the enjoyment of all – now and forever.

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