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  • Exhibition center Suburban Collection Showplace attracts some 1.5 million people annually.

  • Detroit Metro Airport has two bustling terminals with a combined 147 gates.

  • The voluminous Cobo Center has 30,000 square feet of contiguous meeting space.

  • Detroit plays host to a wide variety of world-recognized music events each year.

  • The GM Renaissance Center is a focal point of Detroit's stunning riverfront view.



“ Yes, Detroit’s in the midst of an exciting comeback. And we’re going to help show it off.”
-Debbie Holton
Director of Events and Industry Strategy, SME

When deciding where to hold its 2014 Big M manufacturing event, SME didn’t have to look far. Because right here, in a region bustling with $4 billion of manufacturing trade and business, is the newly remodeled and expanded Cobo Center. Along with more than 4,000 downtown hotel rooms, great attractions, endless dining options and a location conveniently accessible to the world, it was easy for SME to choose The D. And it’s why you should, too. Be part of America’s great comeback city.



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 "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.

… it’s a comeback city making headlines at a great value!

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

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


"Obviously, Detroit is the place to be when it comes to [manufacturing] technology." See Sam's testimonial.

— Sam Canning, Griffith University, Queensland, Australiaachers Association
… of the fantastic walkable downtown, fantastic new restaurants and @detroitrvrfrnt.


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

… Detroit has a great blend of cultural, entertainment and lodging options.