D2D Program Works: Buyers Increase Their Spend in 2014

JUNE 19, 2015

The 17 Detroit organizations in the D2D Buyers Council purchased $962 million in goods and services from other Detroit-based businesses during 2014, a 14.4 percent increase over purchases in 2013.

“These results show that large institutional buyers are recognizing the capabilities and value that Detroit-based businesses offer them,” said Rodrick T. Miller, president and CEO of DEGC. “It also demonstrates the help we are delivering to small businesses in Detroit. The D2D program is identifying new bidding opportunities for them.”

Funded by the New Economy Initiative, D2D connects Detroit-based companies to each other as buyers and suppliers. The Buyers Council is a group of key purchasing organizations that lead the effort. The reported increase in 2014 resulted from growth in its membership and increased Detroit sourcing among those members.

DTE Energy is one of the companies that did a significant amount of construction work using Detroit contractors. DTE Energy Chief Procurement Officer Anthony Tomczak said, “We have been pleased with the capabilities shown by Detroit’s construction companies, and our purchases reflect that. We are also mindful of the fact that when we spend locally we further DTE’s purpose to be an engine of progress and help to create jobs in the communities we serve, and we are proud of that.”

Brian Watkins
D2D Program Manager