Steve Tobocman

Steve Tobocman

Steve Tobocman has spent the past three years spearheading Global Detroit, a regional economic revitalization strategy for the Detroit area focused on immigration and global connections. Steve is the Managing Partner of New Solutions Group, a mission-driven consulting firm that develops smart, innovative, and collaborative solutions that often challenge old paradigms that often restrain success and opportunity. From 2003-2008, Steve served as the State Representative from Michigan 12th State House District in southwestern Detroit, one of the state’s largest immigrant communities. In his last term, Steve served as the Majority Floor Leader, the second-ranking position in the House. During his time in the Michigan Legislature, Steve spearheaded efforts to protect immigrants from predatory immigrant service providers and wrote one of the nation’s strong consumer protection laws for immigrants, the Michigan Immigration Clerical Act. He also championed a variety of community economic development policies. Currently, Steve also splits his time with Global Detroit by co-directing the Michigan Political Leadership Program at Michigan State University, as well as the Michigan Foreclosure Task Force, a 200-member organization that works to fight the foreclosure crisis in Michigan. He also has served as the Interim Director for the Community Development Advocates of Detroit, the Detroit trade association for community development. Follow him @GlobalDET.

WE Global – Leading Rust Belt Immigrant Innovation

Innovation. Entrepreneurship. Equity. Inclusion. Global cities. Future cities. Forward cities. Growth. Revitalization. Diversity. These are the buzzwords of today’s new economy, social innovation, and urban policy thinkers. Today, Rust Belt cities are quietly re-inventing themselves in ways that national media—as well as new economy, social innovation, and urban policy leaders—have largely missed. Last week, the … Continue Reading →

Celebrating Immigrant Heritage Month

New Research Documents Immigrant Contributions to Michigan’s Largest Companies. June is Immigrant Heritage Month and Global Detroit, the nonprofit that I run, joined other immigrant economic development initiatives across the Rust Belt to celebrate this event. Immigrant Heritage Month is a nationwide effort coordinated by Welcome.us to honor our shared American heritage. Global Detroit chose … Continue Reading →

Michigan's global economy

Politicians are apt to hold press conferences for projects that announce even a few hundred jobs. Can you imagine the headline for a government action that produced 15,000 jobs that paid salaries ranging from $60,000 to even $100,000? Research from the Partnership for a New American Economy—a collection of forward-thinking mayors and CEOs who embrace … Continue Reading →