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Motor City Momentum

Mayor Mike Duggan welcomes visitors to Detroit

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Welcome to Detroit and to the 25th Annual North American International Auto Show! I am so grateful that you have chosen to join us for this prestigious automotive showcase.

Detroit is a city rich in history and with great pride in its auto industry, its musical heritage, and most of all, its people. As you gather with attendees from more than 40 countries to witness the reveal of 50 new vehicle models, chances are that – at some point in time – the talk is going to turn from the future of the automotive industry to the future of the host city itself.

As the newly elected mayor of this great city, it is my hope that you will take some time to dig a little deeper and discover the momentum that truly defines the Motor City today.

What does Detroit momentum look like?

It looks like the $279 million capital improvement project to Cobo Center – an upgraded exhibition hall, new atrium and grand ballroom – that 2014 NAIAS attendees will be among the first to witness.

It looks like once-bankrupt automotive companies that are now posting consistent and healthy profits, hiring workers and expanding facilities.

It looks like the major businesses – Quicken Loans, Michigan Blue Cross Blue Shield, DTE Energy, and Lowe Campbell Ewald – that have recently moved back into the city, bringing new life to abandoned buildings and attracting new restaurants, retail and residential construction to our city’s core.

And it looks like entire neighborhoods reinventing themselves, as Detroit’s 50,000 small businesses band together to create destination points like the Eastern Market, the Livernois Avenue of Fashion, Old Redford, Mexicantown and pop-up incubators in West Village and Jefferson-Chalmers.

Just like the NAIAS, Cobo Center and the automotive industry as a whole, Detroit is in the midst of its own restructuring that will allow it to come back even stronger than before. It is my sincere hope that experiences you take back from your visit to the NAIAS are not just reminders of the resurgence of the automotive industry, but also of the resurgence of the Motor City itself.


Mike Duggan

City of Detroit