Detroit is America’s great comeback story, a city on the upturn and ready for anything. A complete package destination that will make any conference, convention or meeting a success.
The Detroit area is surging with 21st century industries and an influx of entrepreneurs, techies and creatives. Inc. magazine dubbed Detroit “Startup City USA.” High-tech startups and business incubators are creating a buzz, and today’s young innovators and game-changers are coming here to learn, work, live and play.
A hub for medical research and innovations, metro Detroit is home to 67 of Michigan’s 175 hospitals, including the nationally ranked University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers in Ann Arbor and the award-winning Detroit Medical Center (DMC) Hospitals.
Home base for defense
Nearly 500 companies do defense and homeland security business in metro Detroit, a center for the defense industry for 70 years. With some 86,000 skilled metro Detroiters employed in related fields and some $5 billion a year in defense contracts going to the state of Michigan, the area is poised to play a bigger role in this industry.
Metro Detroit contributes to Michigan’s title as the Arsenal of Innovation, with the largest pool of engineers and technical professionals in the U.S. And many of these great minds are thinking green — designing, engineering and building lithium-ion batteries, solar cells, windmills and other alternative energy sources.
The area is positioning itself as a worldwide center for urban innovation as thousands of lots and vacant spaces in metro Detroit are being repurposed for urban farms, both private and commercial.
Detroit put the world on wheels and it’s a city proud of its roots in manufacturing, featuring automotive museums, preserved plants, historic landmarks and the childhood home of great innovator Henry Ford, the father of the modern-day assembly line.
Detroit is a musical mecca; the undisputed owner of the Motown sound and the place where techno beats first erupted. A host of world-recognized musical festivals and events take place every year, too, attracting celebrated artists from a variety of genres.
A well-rounded destination
Metro Detroit covers nearly 2,000 square miles and is the second largest U.S. metropolitan area connecting the Great Lakes system to the Saint Lawrence Seaway. We are an international destination that serves a variety of interests and tastes.
Detroit's Cultural Center is home to the Detroit Institute of Arts, and its collection is among the top six in the United States.