Thursday, July 29, 2010

Redeux News: Downtown Becoming 2nd Tech Hub in Detroit?

Enjoying Campus Martius Park in the Summer


OK, Dan Gilbert was slightly upset when "King James" bolted from his Cleveland Cavaliers, but he is still committed to Detroit with his main gig, Quicken Loans. In 2007, Gilbert announced his decision to move the Quicken Loans headquarters to the Compuware Building near Campus Martius, and the move will be completed next month, bringing over 1,700 employees downtown.

A high-tech firm, Galaxe.Solutions, is also setting up headquarters downtown across the street from Campus Martius at 1001 Woodward Avenue in the next few weeks. Galaxe.Solutions plans to hire up to 500 new people in the next few years and is committed to reverse the outsourcing of tech jobs overseas. Dan Gilbert is working to get more small and tech-focused businesses to also move downtown, and several new restaurants have submitted plans to open soon.

Dan Gilbert says that he wants to re-name the downtown portion of Woodward Avenue "Webward". Along with "TechTown" in the New Center Area, Detroit could soon have two vibrant high-technology centers within the city limits.

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