Lots of headlines came out during Detroit Homecoming, from real estate investment to philanthropic plans, and the conference is meant to stimulate more investments. Here are highlights from stories that made Homecoming headlines.
By the time the Detroit Homecoming adjourned Friday afternoon, a group of expats had hatched an idea of raising $10 million to issue mortgages in the city. It's one of many ideas to support what's already happening on the ground in Detroit that abounded during the three-day event.
Southeast Michigan is at the center of the automotive industry's reinvention, for the second time. This time, though, that reinvention is all about the connected car and vehicle safety and efficiency features.
Frank Venegas Jr. had a bold, unconventional idea in 1979 when he founded Detroit-based Ideal Group.
Old school met new school Friday morning at the pitch contest that was held at the College for Creative Studies
in Midtown on Day 3 of the first Detroit Homecoming even put on by Crain’s Detroit Business
In a Detroit Homecoming presentation this morning, Kresge Foundation President Rip Rapson focused on three of the foundation's priorities in Detroit: public transit, spurring an entrepreneurial economy and land use.
Former Detroiters come home - and offer suggestions for moving Detroit forward.
General Motors Co. CEO Mary Barra started the second day of Detroit Homecoming on Friday morning by opening up about being the target of U.S. Congress -- and "Saturday Night Live" -- and about befriending billionaire Warren Buffett.
Motown Records founder and Detroit native Berry Gordy Jr. was presented with the inaugural “Detroit Legend” award as part of the Detroit Homecoming conference Thursday evening.
I’m a reformed version — although a markedly less successful version — of what we at Crain’s Detroit Business
have been calling "expatriates" for the last three days as part of the Detroit Homecoming event.
Any experienced reporter will tell you scoring the right interview with the right person is the culmination of the "hunt."
Who knew a conversation I had two years ago would help spur a $10 million gift for youth programming in Detroit? Thursday morning at the Detroit Homecoming, it was announced that Adam Levinson, CIO of Fortress Investment Group's $2.9 billion Fortress Asia Macro Fund, pledged a donation to the newly launched Detroit Children’s Fund.
What happens when two billionaires meet on a stage? A wide-ranging, humorous exchange, if those two billionaires are Dan Gilbert and Warren Buffett.
Warren Buffett, billionaire investor and chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, said in an exclusive interview with Crain's that he's bullish on the city and is looking for the right investment.
Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods Inc. is looking for a second location in Detroit, Co-CEO Walter Robb announced while speaking at Detroit Homecoming this morning.
It's official: The ceremonial groundbreaking to herald construction of the $650 million Detroit Red Wings arena and entertainment district centered at Woodward and I-75 will happen Sept. 25.
As Mayor Mike Duggan told a roomful of Detroit expatriates this morning about his plan for rebuilding the city one street light and sewer main at a time, he also asked for Detroit Homecoming attendees' help in solving a problem that could hinder the city's progress: mortgages.
Detroit is having a moment. With bankruptcy hopefully soon in the rearview mirror, I can’t open a newspaper or check my Twitter feed without seeing another hopeful story of the city’s rebirth – whether it’s a family moving to one of the city’s struggling neighborhoods to renovate an abandoned home or a new small business opening up in the West Village. Having grown up right outside of Detroit, I can’t remember a moment of greater excitement or opportunity.
I’m not usually a person who gushes about feeling starstruck or seems overly effusive after chatting with the business VIPs we interview on a daily basis at Crain’s Detroit Business
. It’s the life of a business journalist, right?
Dan Gilbert “probably skews toward libertarian” politically. That's what he told the crowd during a conversation with Bankole Thompson, senior editor of The Michigan Chronicle, at the Detroit Homecoming event held at the College for Creative Studies on Thursday.
After two days of focus on jobs, investment and economic development, Detroit Homecoming kicked back for a nod to the city's musical legacy. Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. was honored Thursday night with the event's inaugural Detroit Legend award.
Who says Chapter 9 bankruptcy is a municipal death sentence? Not 64 small business owners who graduated Thursday from the Goldman Sachs-backed 10,000 Small Businesses program and not legendary investor Warren Buffett, who punctuated his customary mix of self-deprecation and financial advice with the observation that Detroit possesses the building blocks for meaningful investment and a credible turnaround.
Detroit sought to show off its nascent economic recovery in a splashy "homecoming" event this week, even as the city lumbers through a massive municipal restructuring effort in federal bankruptcy court.
Billionaire investor Warren Buffett signaled plans to consider investments in Detroit, praised the General Motors CEO and said the city's historic bankruptcy is a good thing.
The 150 or so former Detroiters sitting in the refurbished lobby of the David Whitney Building Wednesday night had a surprise gift for them at their tables.
Flights from across the country bought past Detroiters to the city for three days of nostalgia and networking.