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Mayor Duggan announces Detroit Homecoming; supports scrap metal legislation
71st Mayor of Detroit named 2013 Crain's Newsmaker of the Year
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan addresses the Crain's Newsmaker of the Year luncheon on Feb. 25, 2014.
DETROIT -- Mary Kramer, Publisher of Crain's Detroit Business, introduced Mayor Mike Duggan at a news conference at the Motor City Casino Hotel in Detroit. Duggan talked about the "Homecoming," which is a new event in Detroit. "Detroit is hot right now. It is an opportunity for the city to hit the reset button," says Duggan.
He discussed partnering with the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation and the Mayor's office for three days in September to see what's going on on the ground. He asked if you know someone with Detroit roots to commit to September 17-19 to come back and be a part of the Homecoming in Detroit. "We have lost so much talent in Detroit," the mayor added.
Afterwards, Crain's 28th Annual Newsmaker of the Year luncheon was held in the Grand Ballroom of the Motor City Casino Hotel. They began with the presentation of the best-managed non-profit awards. Amy Amador from Mercy Education Project and Kristine Marshall from Winning Futures were awarded. Patrick Bresnahan received the Newsmaker of the Year Scholarship at Wayne State University, School of Business Administration.
Ralph McDowell of Bodman PLC, talked about the good things in Detroit and the brighter future of the city. He stated that the election of Mike Duggan will be a major factor in Detroit's turnaround. "We have great businesses, great institutions and great people. 2013 was an interesting year for the region and for Mike Duggan," added McDowell.
Keith Crain, Editor-in-Chief, Crain's Detroit Business and Chairman, Crain Communications, Inc., stated that for years this city was known for innovation and opportunity. Our newsmaker will help us have opportunity for all. Then, he introduced Mike Duggan.
How did Mike Duggan become Mayor of the City of Detroit? First, he joked that he failed to file his residency papers correctly, which forced him to become a write-in candidate. "I hope you're still clapping for me like this a year from now," he added.
Duggan also stated that he has worked out a really good relationship with Kevin Orr. He is also a top 2013 newsmaker. They both spent a lot of time coming to a common ground. "If you want to know how the place is running, you've got to go and talk to the people," says Duggan. He was asking for your support in his plans to rebuild the city. "Restructuring starts with taking jobs apart, piece by piece, and breaking it down. I want to build a culture where we value employee input. We are looking for people to work with our employees to do lean processing."
House Bill 4593 on the scrap metal legislation was also discussed. Duggan said he strongly supports it. This legislation would expand regulations on helping police track thieves of catalytic convertors, air-handling units and copper wire. "The same people are coming into the scrap yards. First, the yard operator would need to mail check to the house or have them come back in three days to pick it up. Right now, the person gets an ATM card and there is no trace of this person. Second, it would require sellers to take a picture of the person walking in." Duggan added that Gov. Snyder is also a supporter and is trying to get this done and we need to enforce this.
a Q&A was held. For a white guy and a write-in campaign
in the City of Detroit. Why did you do it?
you think City Council approves all your ideas?
do you want from President Obama?
Governor encourages foreign immigration. Do you?
about transit in the next five years?
Up Next: Mayor Duggan will host his first State of the City address on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. from the Emma Henderson Auditorium inside the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center. Watch it live on WJBK Fox 2, WDIV Local 4 and WXYZ Channel 7.
2012 Crain's Newsmaker of the Year Luncheon at Ford Field
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Mayor Duggan with Keith Crain during a question-and-answer session.
Ralph McDowell of Bodman PLC
Amy Amador of the Mercy Education Project
Kristine Marshall of Winning Futures
Patrick Bresnahan, 2013 Newsmaker Scholarship Winner
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