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Will any real changes happen in Detroit in 2014?

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As the City of Detroit look forward to the new Mayor-elect Mike Duggan's swearing in on January 1, 2014 there has been no lost time in the Mayor-elect transition process over the last month. Mayor-elect Duggan has already announced several key appointments and has set up agreements on how the day to day operations will go forward.

In his preparations to take over the bankrupt city with more than $18 billion in obligations, he has come to a agreement with former classmate and Emergency Manger Kevyn Orr on how the city will be managed through its financial emergency.

Under the agreement, the Emergency Manager maintains management and responsibility for all of the City’s finance operations with financial matters relating to day-to-day function of government reporting to the Mayor. Mayor Duggan will take responsibility for the city’s day-to-day operations, providing for greater collaboration and shared responsibility between the two offices, and upholding Public Act 436, which grants specific powers and final decision-making authority to the Emergency Manager. The Mayor will also appoint all non-civil service positions within the Executive Branch of City government, subject to approval by the Emergency Manager.

Detroit's 700,000 residents are eagerly awaiting January , 2014 to see what significant impact the new Mayor will have on their city of blight with its more than 70,000 vacant buildings, they await the improvements to their ill-equipped and underfunded fire department that fight almost 14 fires a day. They await changes to their crumpling city scape and financial situation, they await for the transition of being out of the emergency managers hands that bankruptcy threw them in and back to a thriving and working city.

Mayor-Elect Duggan said, "The people of Detroit elected me to change the quality of life in their city.” The people are waiting.

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