Innovation and Resurgence: Detroit

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ITS America is a great place to hear from industry leaders on the current and future state of mobility technology. And, what’s more, it’s a great place to see some of those technologies in action.

ITS America's 2018 Annual Meeting is an ideal place to connect and foster relationships that will ensure future success. You’ll soon find out there is no better place to be than Detroit this June!

The Auto Office is very pleased to have supported some of the industry’s newest, most important centers for technology innovation. The American Center for Mobility in nearby Ypsilanti Township provides 500+ acres of purpose built, real-world testing of automated, connected and autonomous vehicle technologies. It is already one of the leading test centers in the world, and will continue to build out unique capabilities in the years ahead.

Similarly, Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT) and the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) in Corktown, Detroit, are leading the way in developing lightweight materials and manufacturing processes that will help cars of the future save energy, extend range, and be safer. These centers, partially funded by the US Departments of Defense and Energy in partnership with the state of Michigan, are a prime example of public-private partnerships driving innovation and commercialization, in addition to delivering workforce development and training programs to ensure a next-generation talent pipeline.

As you’ll see, Detroit is a city on the rise. The economic and cultural resurgence has earned praised from around the world. During your visit, you’ll find many great places to explore. There are two I would highly recommend.

First: Detroit Institute of Arts. Most of the world’s best loved cities have major art museums that inspire. Detroit is no different. I think visitors who have never been will be very pleasantly surprised at the volume, breadth and depth of the collection. You’ll find the museum size to be impressive, but manageable. Inside, not only will you find works by masters like Van Gough, Degas, and Picasso, but also a great mix of new and old, including artifacts from ancient Egypt. It is truly a must see attraction.

Second: Take in a show at the Fox Theater. This venue is one of the most lavishly decorated entertainment venues in the world.  Awe-inspiring site lines and great acoustics. It’s also across Woodward Avenue from Comerica Park, so you might even be able to fit in a Tigers baseball game.

Eric Shreffler is the Managing Director, Auto Office; Michigan Economic Development Corp.