2015 Detroit Homecoming Kickoff

Governor Snyder speaks at Detroit Homecoming

By Alexa Ruestman

October 2, 2015

In Detroit, Homecoming is a call to action.

This Wednesday kicked off the second annual “Detroit Homecoming”, an event to welcome back and engage Detroit natives in the city’s reinvention.

Over 350 distinguished guests and Detroit “expats” filled the Detroit Opera House for the opening night dinner, including  Mayor Mike Duggan; founder and chair of Quicken Loans, Dan Gillbert; CEO and founder of Under Armour, Kevin Plank; former Lions kicker Eddie Murray; and Hockey Hall of Famer Ted Lindsay, among others.

The theme this year is “The Power of Sports”, celebrating the role Detroit’s teams have played in boosting the city’s economy and morale. ESPN’s Mike Tirico moderated a panel of Detroit sports legends at the event, including: Al Kaline, Isaiah Thomas, Alex Delvecchio and Barry Sanders.

Governor Snyder kept with the sports theme during his speech, focusing on the importance of teamwork and the All-Star team of innovators, manufacturers and educators that are reinvesting in Michigan’s comeback city.

“The leaders in this city are part of a great team,” the governor said. “We’ve set the conditions for this city to thrive and Detroit is in a stronger place than when you left.”

Detroit Homecoming is a three day event, but it will have a lasting effect on the city’s comeback. Some outcomes of the last year’s Homecoming celebration included:

  • The opening of Will Leather Goods in Midtown
  • A pledge of $10 million to the newly launched Detroit Children’s Fund by Adam Levinson, CEO of Fortress Investment Group in Singapore
  • The renovation of the Ransom Gillis mansion in Brush Park by Nicole Curtis, a metro Detroit native and host of HGTV’s “Rehab Addict”
  • Plans for a recreation center funded by The Wendy Hilliard Gymnastics Foundation
  • Several Detroit Homecoming attendees have moved back to the city or purchased a home in the city.

Organizers hope to see an equally enthusiastic response after this year’s sold-out event.

The Detroit Homecoming is not just an invitation to visit. It is an invitation to stay, invest, and be part of Detroit’s comeback.


Read more about Detroit's comeback on the Reinvention Blog:

  1. Welcome to Detroit, Amazon
  2. Up North, Downtown 
  3. Cooking a Comeback in Detroit
  4. Shinola, another chapter in Detroit's comeback story
  5. Detroit is America's Comeback City