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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Chris Xiromeritis used to work figuring out how Ford can make cars more efficiently, but fell victim to cost cutting.

Now he wants to open up his own consultancy in business process improvement, helping small and medium-sized businesses increase efficiency.

He says he'll go after health care and other non-autos related businesses.

His biggest obstacle?

"It not that [companies] don't see a need for it," he says. "But they see it as an expense, and they're not willing to put the money out for it right now."

NEXT: Planning for the future

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