The new affiliation will provide the opportunity for D3 and MNA to effectively support the nonprofit, civic and business communities with research and services in Detroit and the state of Michigan.
Data Driven Detroit enlisted the help of an Advisory Council in early 2012 to explore the new venture with MNA and received approval in the fall. The affiliation with MNA became official on November 30, 2012.
In light of the holiday season, both organizations thought it would be exciting to make the partnership public. “We are very excited about the opportunity to affiliate with MNA. We share significant values, including a commitment to excellence, a strong emphasis on data collection, information sharing, and providing tools and resources to empower and inform communities and those serving them”, expressed Kurt Metzger through the official MNA and D3 press release.
To celebrate the new affiliation, MNA staff from the Lansing and Detroit offices met Data Driven Detroit’s staff at the Garden Bowl in Detroit for an evening full of holiday camaraderie. The event began with an ice breaker game and quickly moved to bowling. The teams were pre-selected so teams were equal parts D3 staff and MNA staff, allowing ample time for everyone to become acquainted with one another. D3 is happy to have had the opportunity to celebrate the holiday season and new venture with MNA and look forward to what the New Year will bring.