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The Challenge: Finding Qualified Talent

District Detroit LogoDetroit has recently become a hotbed of capital development, with billions of dollars’ worth of investment pouring into the city. This new activity will result in major contracting opportunities for Detroit area business in the building trades and complimentary industries.

For District Detroit, many employers will face the challenge of finding the talent they need as contract opportunities carry with them specific residency requirements,. As the workforce agency for the City of Detroit, this is where Detroit Employment Solutions can assist.

DESC is partnering with the lead contractor for District Detroit, Barton Malow Hunt White, to help contractors meet the requirement for hiring 51% Detroit labor. With access to the city’s largest database of available labor, hundreds of employment, education and training partners across the city, and the training funds to develop talent that is hard to locate, you can be certain candidates will be sourced to meet your specific requirements given the role your organization will play in the development process.

How does the process work?


  • Step 1: Visit the Barton Malow Hunt White website as soon as you have a hiring need. Your specific requirements will be captured and then passed on to an Account Manager from DESC’s business services team. Note: DESC services are provided at no cost, and no contract with DESC is required.
  • Step 2: Recruiting and Candidate Screening: Once we have an understanding of what you are looking for we began to identity candidates that could potentially be a fit. Our goal is to save you time and resources and to that end we meet with each individual to assess their skills and qualifications so that we only present the best possible candidates.
  • Step 3: Candidate referral: After we have identified a sufficient applicant pool we refer them to your organization for interviews.
  • Step 4: candidate selection and hire: Once you have met with the potential applicants you are free to make offers to any and all individuals that would be assets to your organization.

Our job is to make your job easier, providing you will the skilled talent you need or helping you develop it. Incentives are also available to contractors who hire apprentices to work alongside journeymen.

It’s as easy as that. ‘District Detroit’ will be a world-class development that will also allow the development of a world-class skilled labor force in the city of Detroit. Building Detroit means building Detroiters.