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The first Downtown Job Fair of 2024 took place on March 20 at the historic Fox Theatre, showcasing the city’s commitment to fostering economic growth and creating employment opportunities.  

The Downtown Job Fair, organized by the Downtown Detroit Partnership (DDP), supported by the Downtown Detroit Business Improvement Zone (BIZ) and in collaboration with Detroit at Work, attracted a turnout of more than 375 participants, marking the event as DDP’s second most attended Downtown Job Fair. This event was made possible through sponsorship from The District Detroit Opportunity CenterIlitch Sports + Entertainment, and Little Caesars Enterprises, highlighting the strong support from local businesses and organizations. 

“It was a pleasure to service the residents of Detroit and meet the different businesses and vendors who are committed to helping so many Detroiters find gainful employment. We are looking forward to our continued partnership and the next hiring event with DDP and The District Detroit Opportunity Center,” said Dwayne Walker, community engagement specialist with Detroit at Work.

During the Downtown Job Fair, 32 employers and three service providers – including The District Detroit Opportunity Center’s partner, the Secretary of State – offered a wide range of employment opportunities. The engagement from both employers and attendees underscored the growing momentum in Detroit’s job market.

Post-event statistics revealed the positive impact of the Downtown Job Fair. Ilitch Sports + Entertainment extended job offers to many who interviewed for positions at Comerica Park, including roles in housekeeping, guest services and security. Similarly, Little Caesars and Blue Line Foodservice Distribution received dozens of applications for warehouse, driver and restaurant positions.

“The success of our Downtown Job Fair shows that many local businesses are ready to hire, and we are answering the call by hosting this event as well as future events in order to facilitate connections between employees and employers,” said Eric B. Larson, CEO of the Downtown Detroit Partnership. 

The Downtown Job Fair not only provided immediate job opportunities but also served as a platform for networking and collaboration, reinforcing the city’s position as a hub for economic growth and opportunity and DDP’s commitment to the community. Events like the Downtown Job Fair continue to play a pivotal role in empowering Detroit’s workforce and driving sustainable economic development within Downtown Detroit, The District Detroit and the entire city.