DETROIT: EDUCATING PROFESSIONALS. ELEVATING EVENTS.
Detroit has made education a cornerstone of its association partnerships, making it an ideal place for professionals to meet and gain the continued knowledge needed to succeed.
The Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau sponsors programming and scholarships for members of the Diversity and Executive Leadership Program (DELP), a major initiative of the
American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). As host of DELP’s annual reunion, scholars get the chance to discover what’s amazing around every corner in The D, like the Motown Museum,
the world-famous Eastern Market, the Arab American National Museum and more. Discover Detroit, America’s great comeback city, for yourself. Learn more at meetdetroit.com/shawn.
SHAWN BOYNES, CAE
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF ANATOMIS TS
2008-2009 DELP SCHOLAR
ASAE BOARD OF DIREC TORS 2014-2017
AMERICA’S GREAT COMEBACK CIT Y
LATEST & GREATEST
➤ Cobo Center ( www.cobocenter.
com) completed a multimillion-dollar expansion and
renovation in August 2015. The
project included the addition of
a new 40,000-square-foot ballroom, a new 30,000-square-foot
glass-enclosed atrium with floor-to-ceiling views of the Detroit
River, and a 50,000-square-foot
exterior plaza. Cobo now also
features a TV broadcast studio
with satellite uplink capabilities
and high-tech video walls on
the exterior of the building to
➤ Construction continues on the
M-1 Rail ( www.m-1rail.com), a
streetcar that when complete in
early 2017 will service 20 stations
at 12 locations.
➤ Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown ( www.marriott.com) opened
in October with 110 suites and
more than 2,000 square feet of
➤ The former Dahlmann Campus
Inn ( www.campusinn.com) was
sold in September and is currently
undergoing renovations. At press
time it was scheduled to reopen
as the Graduate Ann Arbor next
➤ Hyatt Place Lansing/Eastwood
Towne Center ( www.lansingeast
last year with 125 guest rooms
and three meeting rooms.
➤ The 96-suite Residence Inn
East Lansing ( www.marriott.
com) opened last year with one
➤ A 142-room Hampton Inn &
Suites ( www.hilton.com) opened
downtown in September, and
a 107-room Hilton Homewood
Suites ( www.hilton.com) is on
track to open downtown in July.
➤ A 180-suite Drury Inn & Suites
Grand Rapids (https://drury
hotels.com) is scheduled to open
➤ At press time, the 126-room
WoodSpring Suites Grand Rapids
South ( www.woodspring.com)
was on track to open in
➤ The new Hotel Indigo (www.
ihg.com), with 100 guest rooms,
seven suites and 5,000 square
feet of meeting space, will open
➤ An interior renovation of the 186-
room Grand Traverse Resort and
Spa ( www.grandtraverse
resort.com) was completed last
➤ Best Western Four Seasons
( www.bestwestern.com) reopened in early September 2015
after a renovation, including
updates to guest rooms and the
addition of a fitness center and
➤ L.C. Walker Arena (www.
lcwalkerarena.com), in downtown
Muskegon, is undergoing an
ongoing improvement project,
including new flooring (complete)
and a new workout facility that
broke ground in January.
➤ Homewood Suites by Hilton
hilton.com) opened in November
with meeting space for up to 60
➤ Wings Event Center (www.wings
eventcenter.com) recently completed facility upgrades, including
new flooring and paint, and a new
large video scoreboard.
➤ Grand Hotel ( www.grandhotel.
com) is scheduled to open Sushi
Grand, Mackinac Island’s only
sushi restaurant, in May. Also,
a portion of the hotel’s porch is