One of the perks of my job as a member of PLM World's site selection committee is that I get to go around the US doing city visits with CVBs, that’s industry lingo for Convention and Visitors Bureau, looking at great cities that we could bring our 2,000 person annual conference to. I’ll admit, it’s a pretty fun part of the job and I’ve been to some really great locations. Picture cities like Anaheim, Phoenix, Orlando, Indianapolis, well, you get the idea. And then one day, someone says “OK, it’s time to book your site visit of Detroit.”
Wait, what? Did you say Detroit? Have you seen the news? I can’t go to Detroit, It's not safe there!
But then I get the standard assurances, “It will be fine, I wouldn’t make you go if it wasn’t worth it.” Right, we will see. So I went, and believe it or not, I have to admit it was fine and it was worth it. It wasn’t at all what I expected, and I’m so glad I got to experience this city. Here are 5 reasons why I was wrong about Detroit.