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The message grew organically and pu­blications ranging from the LA Ti­ mes to Meetings Focus Magazine ha­ ve dubbed Detroit as “the Co­meback City”, the “Comeback Kid”, a “City Reimagined” in recent articles. The word “comeback” has dual meanings. First, it touts the fact that Detroit is un­dergoing a rapid transformation. Secondly, it urges visits to “come ba­ ck” to the city and the region if they ha­ve not been or it has been some ti­me since their last visit. Evidence of Detroit’s Comeback can been seen th­ roughout the city. Here are some examples: · The M-1 Rail project is underway and will provide a catalyst for inve­st­ ment, economic development and urban renewal that positively im­p­ acts the entire region through the construction of a streetcar circula­ tor system running along. The rail pro­ject is estimated to be complete in early 2016. · The announcement of “The District” entertainment area spearheaded by the Ilitch family. “The District” will be 50 blocks of thriving businesses, pa­rks, restaurants, bars and event de­stinations. · A multitude of investments by Dan Gi­lbert, founder of Quicken Loans and Rock Ventures, that included mo­v­ing his Family of Companies in­ to Detroit’s central business dist­rict in 2010 in an effort to help lead the transformation of a great Ame­rican city. Since then, he has invest­ed mo­ re th­an $1.6 billion to purchase and re­novate more than 70 commercial pro­perties accounting for more th­ an 10 million square feet in the city’s ur­ban core.

Ballroom Cobo Center

Cobo Hall in honor of former Detroit Mayor Albert E. Cobo. The newly remodeled and renovat­ed Cobo Center has been transformed in­to a world-class convention and me­ eting facility. The $279 million ex­pa­n­sion adds mo­ re than 200,000 ad­di­tional square fe­ et of new and recon­figured meeting and banquet spa­ces: 100 breakout sp­ a­ces total. All told, Cobo Center now has 723,000 square feet of ex­hi­bi­ti­ on space: 623,000 of it contigu­ous and 100,000 more along the Detroit River. In addition, its rigging capabi­

· Cobo Center is one of

the largest convention centers in the nation.

lities rival those of any North American facility. Cobo Center now of­fers all the latest technology assets, starting with free WiFi via a robust bandwidth available throughout the facility. The in-house, centrally co­n­t­rolled co­mmunications system has pro­gram­ ma­ble video displays outsi­de every me­eting room. Other asse­ts include a new 4,500-squ­are-foot so­und stage and an on-site video studio with full production se­rvices and satel­lite uplink capabiliti­es.

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c o n v e n t i o n

Detroit’s connectively to the world and our accessibity at Detroit Metro Airport is a definite advantage. With one of the world’s busiest air tr­a­ ns­por­tation hubs, Detroit offers no­­n­­ stop flights to 150 destinations in the world. Downtown Detroit has mo­re

3. What do you find as the main adve­ ntages of Detroit as a meeting desti­ nation? Detroit is a well rounded destinati­ on that offers plenty of options for meeting planners. The highlight of the region is the new Cobo Center. Built by the City of Detroit, it was ori­ ginally opened in 1960 and named

Cobo Center

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