World-class cities make economic development and community engagement go together. As Detroit works hard to reclaim its greatness, bridging the two will be an ongoing challenge. How well leaders on both sides listen will be very important.
Recently, the Detroit Grand Prix organizers asked for a three-year extension to continue holding the race on Belle Isle. About 200 people showed up for the public meeting. Many said the state public park was not designed for racing. But many supporters fought back citing the tremendous benefits: Nearly a half-million dollars in annual revenue, positive world publicity, 13 million dollars in island improvements and a reduction in Grand Prix-related time on Belle Isle. We commend both sides for talking face-to-face about their concerns but keep the Grand Prix. Not renewing this major event’s contract would be a big step backwards!
A few days ago, the Ford Motor Company held a community benefit meeting to hear from its new neighbors in Corktown. As Ford begins to transform the old Michigan Central Station into its mobility campus, people wanted to know the automaker’s plan for traffic, parking, public spaces and jobs. Keep talking!
Site work in Detroit for the Gordie Howe International Bridge is officially underway! Building the bridge will create thousands of good paying jobs. And when the new expansion is completed, it will be the longest “cable-stayed” bridge in North America and a major vehicle for boosting trade with Canada.
The Detroit Grand Prix, Ford in Corktown and the Gordie Howe International Bridge must ALL be part of the Motor City’s economic development future. And continued community input will help secure that partnership of success.
I’m Mike Murri, Vice President & General Manager
Broadcast: July 19 - 22, 2018