Detroit; Get Used to Winning
“We have to get used to winning again” That’s what Mike Duggan, the current mayor of Detroit said in a press conference highlighting the shift in business and lifestyle culture in Detroit of recent times.
The main purpose of the press conference was the official announcement that Ally Financial will be moving a total of 1,500 employees to Downtown Detroit. The employees set for relocation are all currently employed by Ally in neighboring suburbs of the city. The relocation is scheduled to take place in the summer of 2016, and the building, located at 500 Woodward Avenue. Part of the deal that Ally made to acquire the building also includes over 1500 parking spaces, provided by the City of Detroit, along with Bedrock Detroit.
The building, newly named “The Ally Detroit Center” has undergone a major renovation to accommodate the new employees, and is expected to be at 100% capacity by the conclusion of employee relocation. The “Ally Detroit Center” is comprised of 43 stories of workspace for employees, 13 of which will be reserved for Ally Financial services. What makes the renovations so special to the people of Detroit and employees of Ally is that each floor will be designed following inspiration of different historical Detroit neighborhoods. With efforts to recognize and appreciate Detroit Culture growing every season, this project greatly demonstrates the pride that industry leaders based in the city have in the history of Detroit.