I Heart Detroit

One of the highlights of being a DELP scholar is our annual reunion. For most of us,  it’s the only opportunity we have to see each other and immerse ourselves in all things DELP. No matter how large our group gets or how unique our experiences are, there’s been one constant in my seven (!) years as a DELPer:  Detroit.

The Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau supports ASAE’s Diversity Executive Leadership Program. Every summer, we travel to Detroit for a weekend filled with learning and fun. It’s become one of my favorite annual trips. Now, you’re probably saying to yourself, “Detroit?” The same city that filed for bankruptcy? The same place with the high crime and unemployment rates? Yes, but if that’s all you know about this Midwestern city in Michigan, then you’re missing the big picture.

Yes, Detroit has its challenges. However, look beyond the bankruptcy and abandoned buildings and you’ll see beautiful hotels, parks and public art displays. You’ll see a great new convention center. You’ll see people dedicating their time and talent to rebuild this city. When I see Detroit, I see progress. I’m a native Washingtonian. I remember the years when the downtown area was desolate. Stores closed. Businesses moved to the suburbs or other parts of the city. Buildings laid vacant. And then, you saw the resurgence. The Verizon Center. New restaurants, hotels and stores. Businesses moving back to the area. What I saw in DC is what’s happening now in Detroit. With nurturing, guidance, and investments, I believe in the comeback that is The D.

So, thank you Detroit for not only being a gracious host to DELP every year, but also showing us what a bright future looks like.


2 thoughts on “I Heart Detroit

  1. A native of Ohio, Detroit was always a town that we went to as a “big city” and one I have always loved. Thank you for writing such wonderful words about it and my thanks too to the CVB for its continuing support of DELP and of the issues of diversity and inclusion.

    I am, btw, saving up for a Shinola watch! I want to see their operations too. And I already have a Shinola bike bell for my scooter.

    Here’s to revitalizing the Motor City and making it greatest again.

  2. I agree with Jennifer and Joan.. Detroit feels like its motto–the “Comeback City.” I believe that in few years Detroit will be seem as a success story. I have visited Detroit for the last 4 years and see new signs of rebirth every year. There is a pioneer spirit in the air!

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