DXF Summer Kick Off Party


Friday, May 6, 2016 from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM (EDT) - Add to Calendar


Detroit Experience Factory - 123 Monroe Avenue, Detroit, MI 48226 

Join us for our official Summer Kick Off Party! Be the first to pick up your copy of our dynamic Summer Tour Schedule. 

Enjoy Cookies and Coffee with us from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Happy Hour drinks and snacks from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. Festivities will also include lots of great raffle prizes, a chance to ride a Detroit Bike and outdoor sidewalk games throughout the day. Remarks from Executive Director and Founder, Jeanette Pierce, will begin at 4:30 p.m. 

Many thanks to our sponsors!

  • Atwater Brewery
  • Bonnie's Sundry Plus
  • Blumz
  • CK's Mediterennean Grille
  • Detroit Bikes
  • Hard Rock Cafe
  • McClary Brothers
  • Pulse Fitness 
  • Straight Outta Detroit
  • Zarkpas Purses & Accessories
  • Zipcar

Detroit Experience Factory celebrates ten years of tours by tripling number of tours offered this summer

April 27, 2016 - Detroit

Though it can sometimes seem like the interest in Detroit is new, the Detroit Experience Factory (DXF) recognizes that there have always been people with an interest in Detroit and they have been helping inform and channel that interest for the last 10 years.  

Although their name has changed, their passion for connecting locals and visitors to Detroit's people, places and projects has not. From launching as a grassroots nonprofit called Inside Detroit in 2006, to growing with D:hive as part of a 3-year collaborative project, to moving into their new Welcome Center space as the Detroit Experience Factory in 2015, the last decade has been nothing short of extraordinary. Since 2006, they have taken more than 70,000 people on experiential tours. Here are some other interesting stats:

  • In 2015, DXF conducted 538 separate tours for more than 17,000 individuals

  • More than 10,000 people visited the Welcome Center in 2015

  • 67% of DXF tour attendees live in Detroit or Metropolitan Detroit

  • 95% of DXF bus tours visited neighborhoods outside of Greater Downtown

  • 82% of DXF tours are custom experiences for groups or individuals

To celebrate this milestone and to launch their new expanded Summer Tour Schedule, DXF is hosting a Summer Kickoff Party on May 6th from 11am - 7pm with snacks, drinks, giveaways and games. The 2016 DXF Summer Tour Schedule is unprecedented as it triples their offerings from last year and includes 14 brand new public tours.

“There are literally thousands of amazing people, places and projects in this city and we want to showcase them all,” says Jeanette Pierce, Executive Director at DXF, “By tripling our public tour offerings and constantly creating new custom tours focused on all sorts of themes we hope to continue to show both locals and visitors that there is something for everyone in Detroit.

Some of the more anticipated tours include:

  • Innovation and Inspiration - Go inside some of Detroit’s most innovative projects where you’ll have the opportunity to meet the doers that are inspiring people near and far.

  • Detroit Bikes and Sights - Take in some of the best greater downtown has to offer while test driving a Detroit Bike manufactured right here in the city.

  • Strolling Supper - Get the inside scoop and enjoy wonderful food at 3 different hot spots...all in one evening.

  • Art in the Market - From local, national, and internationally acclaimed muralists to galleries galore, you’ll find a new reason to love the oldest and largest public market in the country!

  • Neighborhood Bus Tours - Detroit is much more than downtown and this series of tours will help you connect with some of the city’s most interesting neighborhoods from Grandmont-Rosedale to East English Village and everything in between. First up: Northwest Detroit

For details about the Summer Kickoff, to schedule a custom tour and for the full DXF Summer Tour Schedule visit www.detroitexperiencefactory.org. For media assets including infographics, hi-res photos and more visit: http://detroitexperiencefactory.org/media-kit.

As an affiliate of the Downtown Detroit Partnership, the Detroit Experience Factory uses interactive experiences and innovative resources to help newcomers and locals alike get more connected to the people, places and projects in Detroit. It operates Detroit’s community based Welcome Center at 123 Monroe.

The Downtown Detroit Partnership (DDP) is a nonprofit that strengthens and supports Downtown Detroit through strategic initiatives and programs. DDP convenes business, philanthropic and government partners to create a vibrant, resilient urban core for Detroit and the adjacent community. Build Institute and Detroit Experience Factory (DXF) are affiliate programs of the DDP. Build Institute provides access to education, resources and support for aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners. DXF uses interactive experiences and innovative resources to help newcomers and locals alike get more connected to the people, places and projects in Detroit. The Downtown Detroit Business Improvement Zone (BIZ), an initiative of Downtown Detroit Partnership, is a special assessment district formed by property owners to provide the necessary services that support a vibrant Downtown.


Sustaining Detroit’s Momentum at the Detroit Policy Conference, Feb. 24


For the first time in decades, Detroit has a sustainable path forward. The momentum is undeniable and a testament to an unwavering spirit and resilience. As Detroit’s businesses and downtown continue to thrive, maintaining the momentum requires ensuring opportunity reaches neighborhoods throughout the city. The 2016 Detroit Policy Conference brings business, civic and government leaders together to meet that challenge. 

Be a part of maintaining the Detroit momentum by attending the Conference on Wednesday, Feb. 24 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit. Programming will highlight key issues affecting Detroit's neighborhoods such as financial literacy, regional transit, education, government, safety, blight, technology and sustainability.

The Conference features an action-packed agenda with key business and community thought leaders who are leading Detroit’s new era, including Mayor Mike Duggan and Detroit native David Maraniss, best-selling author of “Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story” and associate editor of The Washington Post. 

The Detroit Regional Chamber, in partnership with Detroit Experience Factory, is pleased to offer all Chamber members a special rate of $159 to attend this event – a $66 savings over the nonmember rate. Just enter “DPCPtnrs” when registering to receive your Chamber discount. Please note, this special pricing will expire on Wednesday, Feb. For more information or to register, please visit www.detroitchamber.com/dpc.

10 Years of Tours!

Hello Friends,

Can you believe we’re celebrating 10 years of tours this month?!?! Although our name has changed our passion for connecting you to Detroit's people, places and projects has not. From launching as a grassroots nonprofit called Inside Detroit in 2006, to growing with D:hive as part of a 3-year collaborative project, to moving into our new Welcome Center space as the Detroit Experience Factory in 2015, the last decade has been nothing short of extraordinary. 

We wanted to take a minute to reflect on the last 10 years and to thank you for experiencing Detroit with us. None of this would be possible without the support ofeach of you. Thank you for all that you have done for us and for Detroit. We hope you can join us in celebrating our 10th Birthday on February 19th at the DXF Welcome Center.

One more thing, if you've joined us on a tour, stopped by the Welcome Center or partnered with us on a community event then you know how much we love facts and figures. Check out our new video and awesome infographics below and share them with your friends!

Looking forward,
The DXF Team

The last ten years of tours have been amazing and we're even more excited about the next ten! We hope you will be a part of it. You can check out our Public Tour Schedule, Contact our tour team to create a customized Detroit Experience or stop by the Welcome Center.

Meridian Winter Blast Announces Awesome Line-up:

Mark your calendars - Meridian Winter Blast presented by Quicken Loans returns to Downtown Detroit February 12-14, 2016!    Don’t miss these exciting features:

The Return of the Meridian Snow Slide:  The 200 foot Snow Slide returns on Michigan Avenue.  Tickets are $3- come early to line-up for this popular attraction, a favorite of kids and adults!   

Bedrock Zip Line Adventure:  Meridian Winter Blast brings back the Bedrock Zip Line Adventure, providing daredevil festivalgoers the coolest 20 seconds of their lives with the first zip line EVER in downtown Detroit. Thrill-seekers will be lining up to experience the ultimate rush of flying 300 feet across the sky -- the length of a football field!   

Additionally, Meridian Winter Blast features great live music from 50 local performers, free snowshoeing from Meridian Health Plan, great food from top restaurants in the Meridian Taste of Detroit Tent, science fun for kids, free skating on the Campus Martius rink, and more!  The tents are heated, the snow is being made -- the only thing missing is YOU!  
Admission is three canned food items, a children’s book, or $2.00.  All donations benefit Matrix Human Services.  There is no fee for admission before 5pm on Friday. 

For additional information, go to winterblast.com

Meridian Winter Blast presented by Quicken Loans Hours:
            Friday, February 12, 11:00 am-11:00 pm
            Saturday, February 13, 11:00 am-11:00 pm
            Sunday, February 14, 11:00 am-9:00 pm

DXF Wins 5x5 Pitch Night

Jeanette Pierce, executive director of Detroit Experience Factory pitched her MI City Swap idea and won $5,000 during 5x5 Night's Connect the Dots statewide pitch competition at Michigan House in Detroit.

DXF's MI City Swap program will coordinate a series of events that will introduce groups from one city to another through interactive experiences so they can connect with residents, learn about community assets and understand the challenges and successes of another city. Then they will swap and the first city will host a day full experiences for the second city. We hope this program will build cross state relationships to move Michigan forward. 

The grant will be used to cover the costs of a two-day pilot MI City Swap between Grand Rapids and Detroit this summer.