Community Development Center and Corporate Giants Welcome UChicago to Detroit

Detroit is in a state of revitalization with large corporations and new endeavors supporting the city’s redevelopment. 13 University of Chicago students had the opportunity to travel to Detroit and experience the city’s culture and the role companies are playing in remaking Michigan’s largest city. Students ended their trek, excited by the possibilities that a revitalized Detroit offers for young professionals.

Companies visited and alumni hosts:

  • Chrysler Group, LLC | Alumni Host: Sehoon Kwak (MBA’10)
  • The Welcome Center of D:hive
  • Bedrock Real Estate Services 

The trek appealed to me because of its focus on economic development and Dan Gilbert’s Rock Venture portfolio companies. The most enlightening aspect of the trek for me was the tour of Dan Gilbert’s properties and companies. I was absolutely floored. I expected to see great things, given what I had had and witnessed in the city in the prior years. What I saw, though, was beyond anything I could have ever imagined. There was an energy there that has me so excited for the city.” Eric Tawney (AB’14)