It's a city in crisis but with potential for a big comeback. Despite an ailing auto industry and the highest jobless rate in the nation, Detroiters are determined to make their hometown thrive once again. For the next year, CNNMoney will focus on that challenge.

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In many ways Rukmal Fernando is the future Detroit is banking on.

He's from Sri Lanka, and lots of people in town say Detroit's heavy mix of hard working, entrepreneurial immigrants is what will lead it out of these tough times.

He's brought a tech company to the Detroit area, Breeze Design Studio, that makes Web sites, digital commercials and other media design.

And he's done it in a truly global way, buying the business in Sri Lanka with its 15 employees and setting up a Detroit office that employs himself, one full-time creative director, and a handful of interns and freelancers, who he says can earn $30 to $75 an hour.

It's not the tens of thousands of jobs the auto industry once brought to town, but it's a start.

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