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  • Hear stories of Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry murals at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

  • Henry Ford Museum shares America’s past through static and interactive exhibits.

  • Fishing, boating and charter services are abundant on Lake St. Clair.

  • See the rooms where Motown’s greatest hits were recorded in Detroit’s Motown Museum.

  • Shop downtown Rochester, home to some of metro Detroit’s most unique retailers.

Why America's Great Comeback City is Worth Coming - And Coming Back - To

Detroit is America’s great comeback city and the people who live, work and do business here will tell you why. Listen and watch as they describe all the things that are happening at every turn, and why The D’s revitalization and energy make it a great place to plan your next meeting.

Detroit. Discover amazing around every corner.



Shawn Boynes

-Shawn Boynes, CAE
Executive Director
American Association of Anatomists
2008-2009 DELP Scholar
ASAE Board of Directors 2014-2017

Detroit has made education a cornerstone of its association partnerships, making it an ideal place for professionals to meet and gain the continued knowledge needed to succeed. The Detroit Metro CVB sponsors programming and scholarships for members of the Diversity and Executive Leadership Program (DELP), a major initiative of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). Discover Detroit, America’s great comeback city, for yourself.


2015 Shell ECO-Marathon Americas - Niel's Story | THE COMEBACK CITY

Neil Golightly

-Niel Golightly
VP, External Relations, Shell Oil Company

Hosting the 2015 Shell Eco-marathon Americas in Detroit was a perfect match: a city synonymous with reinvention and an event that inspires innovation in students. That reinvention is evident on every corner of The D’s vibrant, walkable downtown alive with nightlife, enticing restaurants and thriving culture. Come discover for yourself why Detroit is America’s great comeback city.



comeback city Sam

 -Sam Kennedy
Executive Director, Techweek

Detroit’s thriving technology sector is leading the city’s growth, with dozens of tech-oriented and start-up businesses making The D their home. With a revitalized downtown and entrepreneurial spirit at every turn, Techweek, an annual technology convention, found its perfect host in the comeback city. Visit and discover how Detroit can be your perfect host as well.


Detroit Institute of Arts - Janice's Story | THE COMEBACK CITY

Comeback Story Janice

-Janice McCord
Interpretive Programs Volunteer, Detroit Institute of Arts

The Detroit Institute of Arts’ Rivera Court is just one of its many masterpieces. But beyond the museum and around every corner, the city has many more treasures that amaze and delight. Enticing dining, a lively nightlife, culture and more are waiting to wow when you discover Detroit, America’s great comeback city.



comeback city Debbie

-Debbie Holton
Director of Events and Industry Strategy, SME

Deciding where to hold its 2014 Big M manufacturing event was a no-brainer for SME. That’s because, from the newly updated Cobo Center to ample accommodations to so much to see and do, The D has everything for world-class events and a great time.


… of the fantastic walkable downtown, fantastic new restaurants and @detroitrvrfrnt.

… the downtown transformation is truly amazing! Check out America’s greatest comeback city!

… I want to be part of something amazing, a revitalization of making America great again.

… I grew up there. I am amazed at all the new and wonderful things, especially Cobo Center.

… of the arts, history, Cobo Center and total cool factors like @detroitrvrfrnt.

… you can get a great experience for your group at exceptional value.

… I know how hard everybody has worked to make a great comeback.


 "The city's industrial past is already giving way to a high tech future, and the excitement we've seen throughout the city ­ as well as the success that new tech firms have already had ­ is making the Big D one of the best places to launch a tech startup this year."

— Dan Blacharski, editor-in-chief String





… of its resurgence, breweries and distilleries.


"Detroit is one of the most beautiful cities as far as its architecture and the friendly population.."  Check out Irene's video.

— Irene Healey, Founder of newAttitude

Fast Fact

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is the largest museum of its kind in the world.