Chamber’s Detroit Policy Conference Looks at City’s Economic Resurgence

CBS Detroit: February 28, 2013

DETROIT — While Detroit’s city government teeters on the brink, Detroiters — particularly young new Detroiters — are busy building successful businesses and whole new neighborhoods of residences where empty, blighted buildings stood before. Their stories provided inspiration for more than 600 of Detroit’s government, business and community leaders Thursday at the Detroit Regional Chamber’s 2013 Detroit Policy Conference, held at the Motor City Casino Hotel.

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Panel’s keys to regional mindset: Public-private cooperation … and a little fear

Crain’s Detroit Business: March 1, 2013

Collaboration and regional thinking are necessary to protect and spur development of Southeast Michigan’s assets, members of a panel said Thursday at the second annual Detroit Policy Conference. In some cases, such as with Detroit riverfront development, a clear need has arisen for private and philanthropic dollars to spur on a project.

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Opening date of Whole Foods in Midtown Detroit to be announced Friday

MLive: February 28, 2013

DETROIT, MI – The exact opening date of the highly anticipated Whole Foods in Midtown Detroit will be announced tomorrow, Red Elk Banks, the company’s executive operations coordinator, said at the Detroit Policy Conference Thursday. For months, the company said the 20,000-square-foot Midtown store would be opening this Spring. In November, company spokeswoman Kate Klotz said the company typically announces its opening dates 60 days prior to coming online.

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Gilbert seeks ideas for developing Hudson’s site in Detroit

Detroit Free Press: February 28, 2013

Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert is planning an international design competition to solicit ideas for redeveloping the site of the former Hudson’s department store in downtown Detroit. Matt Cullen, president of Rock Ventures, the real estate arm of Gilbert’s business interests, revealed the plan this morning during a presentation on current and future “Live, Work, and Play” vision for the city at the Detroit Policy Conference in the MotorCity Casino-Hotel.

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7-11 expects to have 3 stores in downtown Detroit this year

Crain’s Detroit Business: February 28, 2013

It’s been nearly two decades since there was an option to purchase a Slurpee from 7-Eleven Inc. inside Detroit’s city limits. By year’s end, three stores are expected to open in the downtown business district, according to Stephen Oliver, regional development director for the Dallas-based convenience store chain, confirming previous reports about the company’s plans, announced last summer.

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Detroit ‘a place you can do well by being on the ground floor of opportunity,’ Rock Ventures’ Cullen tells Detroit Policy Conference

Crain’s Detroit Business: February 28, 2013

The man working side by side with Dan Gilbert on revitalization strategies for Detroit opened the 2013 Detroit Policy Conference today with a keynote that focused primarily on “the other side of the story.”

“It’s been a real challenge for us as you confront headlines like we see here,” with news of an emergency financial manager or bankruptcy for Detroit, political scandals and population loss, said Matt Cullen, president and CEO of Rock Ventures LLC.

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Conference to focus on Detroit’s transformation

Crain’s Detroit Business: February 26, 2013

The mayor of Detroit, a journalist and best-selling author, and a private sector investor will deliver keynote speeches at the Detroit Policy Conference, set to take place Thursday. Mayor Dave Bing; Richard Florida, a senior editor at The Atlantic and author of The Rise of the Creative Class; and Matt Cullen, CEO of Rock Ventures LLC, will highlight the current transformation of the city…

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