Bill Ford to kick off Detroit Homecoming V

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Last year’s Homecoming opened with a dinner and reception at Michigan Central Station — the first event at the historic depot in more than 30 years — which played a role in Ford’s interest in the property. Photo credit: Aaron Eckels

DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. Executive Chairman Bill Ford will open up about the automaker’s plans for its $ 740 million planned investment in the Michigan Central Station in Detroit to kick off Detroit Homecoming V next month.

The opening fireside chat and dinner will take place Sept. 12 on the covered ice of Little Caesars Arena followed by a reception at Wayne State University’s new Mike Ilitch School of Business nearby.

Detroit Homecoming is three-day event produced by Crain’s Detroit Business, an affiliate of Automotive News, that brings former Detroiters back to the city each year to get them to re-engage in the city — and consider investing in Detroit.

The previous four events have led to more than $ 300 million in new investment and nonprofit contributions in the city, organizers said in a news release. Last year’s Homecoming opened with a dinner and reception at Michigan Central Station — the first event at the historic depot in more than 30 years — which played a role in Ford’s interest in the property.

Other Homecoming-related investments include: Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer opened a philanthropic office; Hedge fund manager Adam Levinson pledged $ 10 million to the Detroit Children’s Fund; North Coast Partners LLC announced the forming of Detroit Opportunity Fund with the goal of raising $ 100 million for Detroit neighborhood projects; Christina Liedtke, founder of luxury fashion brand Christiana J. Paul, founded small fashion label Detroit Sewn in the city; and more.

The theme for the fifth annual event is “Detroit Made,” highlighting local entrepreneurs and startups and the 220 “expats” who have found professional success outside of Southeast Michigan. There’s a new Detroit Made logo designed for the event by Skidmore Studio and Lovio George.

More than 75 local and Detroit expats will speak at the event, including NAACP CEO Derrick Johnson; Harvard University President Larry Bacow; Darren Walker, president of New York-based Ford Foundation; fashion designer Tracy Reese; Ryan Kadro, executive producer of “CBS This Morning”; and ESPN reporters Jemele Hill and Kelley Carter.

The event will also include a “Motor City MashUp,” which will introduce 32 Detroit small businesses to the expats in attendance at the Lexus Velodrome and a “House Party” that opens 15 homes across the city for expats to experience more than just downtown Detroit.

For information on Detroit Homecoming, which is an invitation-only event, visit detroithomecoming.com.

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