Hour Magazine recently announced its 2011 Detroiter of the Year and guess what?

It’s Quicken Loans Founder Dan Gilbert!


Dan earn the distinguished accolade for his dedication to rebuilding Detroit.  Several thousand Quicken Loans team members are now working in downtown Detroit and many more are expected soon.

Here’s a bit from the article:

“Last year, Gilbert moved his corporate headquarters — and 1,700 of its employees — from Livonia to leased space in the Compuware Building in downtown Detroit, with intentions to move another 2,000 workers there in 2011. When the nation’s construction climate eventually improves, he plans to build an ultramodern new home for Quicken Loans in the city’s central core.

This great influx of young, paycheck-earning mortgage experts presumably will eat and play as well as work in Detroit. Some actually may decide to live there, sending waves of revitalization acrossour long-beleaguered city.

That’s not all. At press time, Gilbert was in the process of buying the Chase Tower downtown for a reported $16 million, and this month, he was expected to close on the Albert Kahn-designed First National Building, erected in 1922.”

I have to say that this progress in downtown Detroit is refreshing and something I’ve waiting a long time for since my days as a high schooler at Cass Tech (about a half mile or so from where I’m sitting right now). The city has gone through some changes and for the first time in years, the changes are heading in the right direction.

Congratulations to Dan Gilbert. Here’s to the future of the D!

Read and print the full article from Hour Magazine (pdf).

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