If you have never been to www.modeldmedia.com and taken a look at their "internet magazine" about Detroit, you should. It is another website which chooses to take a positive look at Detroit and employs a proactive approach to problems facing our city and region. In addition to their "internet magazine," Model D also hosts a monthly speaker series in which different speakers present their ideas and experiences regarding interesting and sometimes pressing issues about Detroit.
The Model D speakers for the month of April include Kathy Wendler of the Southwest Detroit Business Association, Jim Saucedo of State Farm Insurance, and Tim Thorland and John Van Camp of Southwest Solutions. As a group, they will talk about the ways in which Southwest Detroit is growing, what potential investment opportunities there might be, and what the neighborhood as a whole is doing to attract more residents and new businesses.
If you are unfamiliar with Southwest Detroit, and wonder why Model D would host speakers in connection with this particular area of Detroit, plenty of reasons can be found. For one, while most of the city of Detroit is shrinking and losing residents, Southwest Detroit is actually gaining. If nothing else, this is the reason why there is so much interest about this area and why it is hailed as a success story in an otherwise bleak neighborhood outlook.
While Southwest Detroit is most notably known for Mexicantown and the surrounding plethora of popular Hispanic restaurants, Model D's website states:
"Southwest Detroit is an exciting area for many reasons: its ethnic diversity, strong commercial districts, dense residential areas, successful cultural and community organizations, and many former residents still loyal to the old neighborhood."
Source: Model D
Just recently, Corey Williams of the Associated Press wrote a story about Southwest Detroit and the positive strides it has recently made. He makes reference to the influx of a large population of Hispanic residents, recent development activity and the surprising fact that this is occurring in Detroit, and not in a city within close proximity to the Mexican border. In the article, Olga Savic, of the Detroit Economic Growth Corp., stated, "It's one of the few places in the city where you are seeing a lot of private investment."
Source: Associated Press
As you can see, there are plenty of reasons to hold the April speaker series about Southwest Detroit. More than anything, this event is a great opportunity to hear about a success story in the city. Hopefully, attendees can learn something which he or she can put to use within the city and/or the metro area. It's an opportunity to listen to plans and ideas that worked, instead of listening to why a plan did not, which is something that some people in Michigan have not done in some time.
The event will take place on April 23, 2008 at 5:00 p.m., at the Detroit Yacht Club on Belle Isle. It is sponsored by Model D, the Detroit Yacht Club, and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority.
The event is free, but space is limited, so you must register beforehand. If you would like to attend this event, you can register at Speaker Series Registration
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