Impact Conference

8th Annual Detroit Revitalization & Business Conference

The 2017-2018 academic year marks the 8th annual Detroit R&B Impact Conference, which will be held in September.

About the Conference

This is the 8th Annual Impact Conference, with the theme of “Innovation in the City.” Each year, this conference brings change makers from Detroit together to talk about issues facing the city and the ideas that will propel it into the future. Past keynote speakers have included Dan Gilbert, Mayor Mike Duggan, and many more. For this first time, the conference will be held in Detroit instead of Ann Arbor.

Goals of the Conference:

  • Connect students to the City of Detroit
  • Inspire students to live/work in the City
  • Discuss the important issues/ideas of our age

2017 Theme: Innovation in the City

Some may be surprised to learn Detroit is renowned by multiple news organizations as one of the most innovative cities in the world. How is it that Detroit, notorious for its bankruptcy and blight, received this honor? At the 8th Annual Impact Conference, we will discuss the theme of Innovation in the City. From urban planning and public policy to entrepreneurship and venture capital, Detroit has become a hub for innovation. Come learn how the public and private sectors are working together to develop the ideas that will drive the city into the future.

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