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Monday, December 24, 2012

Detroit Olympics Update

Good news on Detroit's potential 2024 Olympic bid - the topic was the main focus of the program and discussion at the 2012 Southeast Michigan Summit, hosted by the Detroit City Council. Even better news - all the panelists and stakeholders present thought it was possible, and most thought it was a good idea to pursue! There is an incredible amount of work ahead of us, but at least the ball is rolling.

Speakers and Panelists at the Summit included: Councilman Charles Pugh; Ms. Susan Sherer (who led Detroit's efforts for the Super Bowl); Mr. Stefan Szymanski (Michigan professor of sports management); Mr. Dave Beachneau (Detroit Sport's Commission); Ms. Kathleen Lamako (SEMCOG); Mr. Marcell Todd (Detroit City Planning Commission); Mr. Bobby Smith (En Garde Detroit); and Dr. Syed Mohiuddin (Leadership Next, United Way).

At the end of the Summit, City Council President Charles Pugh even announced plans to add this to the Mackinaw Policy Conference agenda, and to put feelers out to other community stakeholders during the North American International Auto Show. Believe it or not, Detroit 2024 is now on the agenda!

Whether or not Detroit gets the Olympics, the investments and improvements needed for the Olympics are investments and improvements we need anyways. That being said, the Olympics would be a great way to celebrate a New Detroit in 12 years. Also, if the Olympics are a way to bring the world together, perhaps they will also pull Metro Detroit together in a way we haven't been in 40, 50 years. Our collective, united efforts will be needed to make a successful Olympics and a successful Detroit.

Here is a link to a presentation that has been reviewed with some key stakeholders and which was shared in part at the Summit: https://sites.google.com/site/fixingdetroit/12-07-30-DTW-Olympics-01.pdf


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