Three major Detroit institutions are looking to leverage their spending to give a boost to the city’s economy.
So far, the three institutions have shifted about $400,000 to Detroit businesses, says Lisa Prasad is with U3 Ventures, a firm that's helping with the project.
"The number may be very small at the moment compared to their overall procurement, but we think the growth will be exponential once we really get it institutionalized."
Prasad says food is one thing all three institutions have been able to buy more locally.
Combined, the university and health systems spend $1.6 billion a year.