Michael Forsyth attended Michigan State University earning a degree in Environmental Studies and a master’s in Urban and Regional Planning. He moved to Seattle, Washington for a position with Community Attributes International and is excited to bring the skills in economic development, planning and real estate which he honed there to the . Michael is eager to return to Detroit with an opportunity to bring new ideas and practical approaches to the city.

Michael Forsyth is an economic development specialist and Michigan native. He attended Michigan State University where he earned a degree in Environmental Studies and a master’s in Urban and Regional Planning. While at MSU, Michael worked the night shift at General Motors and at the Land Policy Institute between classes. During that time Michael fell in love with Detroit through some strange combination of joining the UAW, planning inner cities and playing rock shows at Detroit dives. That love led Michael to seek experiences that he could apply in the city. He studied in Germany’s post-industrial cities and joined a Seattle consulting firm where he led a range of economic development and planning projects. He’s a proud new Midtown resident and is thankful to be part of truly a special city.

At Work

Michael works at the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation as a Retail Business Development Manager. He helps Detroit small businesses connect to resources and manages major new retail developments. Michael is currently conducting on a series of pilot programs to inform a citywide retail strategy.

Link to employer website: Detroit Economic Growth Corporation

At Play

Michael enjoys eating and boozing at Detroit’s finest dives and eateries. On Saturdays Michael buys large quantities of the freshest local produce from Eastern Market and Honey Bee Market and cooks it all day on Sunday. He’s also totally obsessed with Michigan State basketball.

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