DETROIT (WWJ) – Despite all of the knocks against Detroit, some college students and recent grads are looking at The D as a place to work and live.
About 150 young people met with area employers and toured the city on Friday as part of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s “Live, Work Detroit!” program.
They heard from Quicken Loans founder and chairman Dan Gilbert who told them the impact they can have in Detroit is incredible.
“It’s never been like this, the time … it’s sort of like the Red Sea has parted for your generation, even saying ‘Hey, come on, walk through it’,” said Gilbert. ”You can impact things, impact the outcome of a major American city, unlike anything ever seen before.”
With new technology companies popping everywhere, Gilbert predicts a bright future for the city. “When you look at things and you have a choice, especially those of you who are from this area and from the state, man, you don’t want to miss it,” said Gilbert.
“You don’t want to, five, ten years from now say ‘I’m from Detroit’, and when did you move out? ‘Well I moved out right at the minute when the place was about to boom like never before’.”
Michigan State University grad Jonathan Monsma of Grand Rapids said he would consider relocating to Detroit. “Yeah, I mean it seems like a good city and I’d like to know more about it,” he told WWJ Newsradio 950′s Beth Fisher.