Detroit Mayor and Business Leaders Discuss Transportation and a More Sustainable Detroit


DETROIT, Sept. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – University of Detroit Mercy’s College of Engineering and Science & School of Architecture present the 2010 Designing Sustainable Detroit Symposium, “Riding Trucks, Trains, Boats and Planes to Urban Vitality.” The symposium will take place on September 30 at 6 p.m. in the Fountain Lounge on the McNichol’s Campus.

The symposium will explore how transportation initiatives promise to bring economic development, job creation and improved livability to the city of Detroit. Dr. Leo E. Hanifin, Dean of the College of Engineering and Science, said, “We are honored to host an event with four of the most important business leaders in Detroit, including Detroit’s mayor and county executive. They will discuss how to employ exciting transportation strategies to make Detroit more vibrant, livable and sustainable.”

Speakers include:

David Bing, Mayor of the City of Detroit. As mayor, he actively seeks to strengthen the city and neighborhoods of Detroit through business awareness in the city. Bing won Hour Magazine’s “Detroiter of the Year” award in 2007 and has also been active on the Detroit Renaissance, Downtown Detroit Partnership and the National Association of Black Automotive Suppliers board of directors.

Matthew Cullen (’83), President, Board of M1 Rail. The M1 Rail company seeks to connect Detroit’s entertainment, employment, and other sectors with a 3 mile rail along Woodward Ave. Cullen is a Co-chairman of the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy and Vice Chairman of the Detroit Downtown Development Authority.

Robert Ficano (’77), Wayne County Executive. Ficano is founder of the Detroit Aerotropolis Initiative, a partnership where cities surrounding the airport have agreed to continue developing and marketing themselves—creating new jobs for the area. The Detroit Aerotropolis Initiative was chosen to be a top priority to revive Southeastern Michigan’s economy in 2007 by Detroit Renaissance.

Melissa Roy, Senior Director of Transportation Policy and Government Relations, Detroit Regional Chamber. Roy is in charge of monitoring issues that may impact the trade and infrastructure of Southeast Michigan.  She will be discussing Detroit’s TranslinkeD Strategy, which identifies key projects to stimulate economic development and will help Southeast Michigan serve as an inland port for global trade.

This is a free event and is open to all. RSVP at 313-993-1540 or at

The University of Detroit Mercy is Michigan’s largest private Catholic University, with approximately 100 academic majors and programs. Sponsored by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, the University has campuses located in downtown and northwest Detroit.

UDM is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities and the largest of 18 Mercy institutions of higher education in the United States. For the eighth consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwestern Regional Universities in the 2011 edition of the U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges.”

SOURCE: University of Detroit Mercy

CONTACT: Adrienne Greenslade or Gary D. Lichtman, Media Relations of University of Detroit Mercy, +1-313-993-1254

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