I know that you have zero control over this, but I thought I'd give my unsolicited opinion on it anyway. As someone who has worked in several different industries, I think that requiring specific industry experience is stupid.
Completely agree with this sentiment, but there is not much I can do about what HR people think is important. The best I can do is let my experience speak for itself, which is plenty and diverse. It is reminiscent of requiring 5 years experience in tech that is 2 years old, or even worse, filling your resume with BS mundane details to get past HR filters that would be implied in the nature of the work.
Especially if you're trying to convince people that Detroit is an acceptable city to live in, as compared with NoCal, NYC, DC, etc.
Mutually exclusive arguments. I can like living in a city and not agree with the hiring practices of the companies. And I certainly can not like a city and like the hiring requirements. I still argue that Detroit is a good place to live, and I am sure that DC, NYC have companies which require certain experiences too. DC probably wants people eligible for security clearances, for example.
Speaking as someone who has never lived in Michigan, I do not think of Farmington Hills when someone says "Detroit". When someone says "Detroit", I think of Detroit, the city. If they say Detroit metro area, that means something completely different to me.
When speaking to people who are not from Michigan, why waste my time by saying "I live in Farmington Hillls" to then further qualify with "It's a city near Detroit" ? I would not expect people from outside Detroit to know where Towns like Beverly Hills, Berkeley, Livonia, etc are which are all suburbs of Detroit. I think this is the approach most people take when talking geographically where they are from, as someone that has also lived in CA, IL, CT, VA, FL. Let's be honest, the reason that most of the suburbs around larger cities exist is to support the larger city. It makes sense to identify with the major city since that is what most people will understand.
As for the specifics of actual jobs in Detroit or in the suburbs of Detroit. I will admit that I did not read the article (until just now, but this is slashdot, so it should be the expected norm). The fact that Snyder is calling for this specifically in Detroit is just dumb. None of the companies that I have been looking at have offices in the city proper. I guess that is why they had to qualify this with "work and live". Are they going to force companies to open in Detroit then? Stupid.