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Rebuilding a World-Class City

February 15 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm


The 10th Annual Detroit Impact Conference is sponsored by the Detroit Revitalization and Business Club at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. This conference will be an exploration of the history and future of Detroit at a critical juncture of revitalization and development.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Rebuilding a World Class City.” This theme seeks to highlight the fact that Detroit has been, and will once again be a thriving and globally recognized urban center. The narrative arc of the conference will connect the highs and lows of Detroit’s past with it’s fast moving, dynamic present and aspirations for the future. It will explore innovation across industries (established and emerging) and at different levels of scale and space (from large corporate expansions to small business driven revitalization of neighborhood main streets). Across these conversations, attendees will be encouraged to consider the interaction of historical, economic, and policy contexts. Through this theme, the conference seeks to: 1) showcase the wide variety of innovative developments currently happening across Detroit and 2) inspire students to be thoughtful, considerate citizens and contributors as they engage with the city.

8:30am – 9:30am
Arrival and Check-in

9:30am – 10:00am
Opening Keynote: Discussing of Detroit’s history to contextualize present revitalization

10:15am – 10:45 am
Detroit’s Rising Industries: Overview of major industry trends that are diversifying and strengthening the present and future composition of Detroit’s economy.

11am – Noon
Industry Breakouts I: Healthcare, Mobility, and Big Tech

Noon – 1pm
Lunch and Project Showcase

1pm – 2pm
Industry Breakouts II: Clean Energy, Advanced Manufacturing, and Tech Entrepreneurship & Startups

2:15pm – 3:15pm
Revitalizing Main Street: Panel discussion with small business owners and entrepreneurs who are driving essential development in Detroit’s neighborhoods.

3:30pm – 4:45pm
Envisioning Future Detroit: Closing discussion of the opportunities, challenges, and objectives for the eveolving shape of the city, from commercial corridors to infrastructure to affordable housing

4:45pm – 5pm
Closing Remarks

5pm – 8 pm
Evening Reception: Join peers, speakers, and alumni for a celebration of Detroit and the 10th Annual Impact Conference at an event space in downtown Detroit



Chase Tower
611 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48226 United States
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