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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Planning for the future
Planning for the future
Avery Burks used to be an engineer at Ford, but was laid off last year.

He's got good skills but so far he's been unable to find a suitable new job.

He hasn't given up hope. Burks doesn't have a concrete idea formed yet, but he knows he wants to transition from engineering to something in education, perhaps opening up a Head Start-type pre-school.

"I love kids, and I love working with kids," said Burks, at the entrepreneur workshop to simply check out what was on offer. "I want to be in a position to help."

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Last updated September 21 2009: 3:22 PM ET
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