BCBSM President and CEO Daniel J. Loepp speaks at a Downtown Detroit Partnership luncheon in 2012. Loepp serves as chairman of the DDP's executive committee. | Photo by Kenny Corbin Despite concerns that Detroit redevelopment efforts are bypassing the city’s neighborhoods, BCBSM President and Chief Executive Daniel J. Loepp argues in a Michigan Chronicle guest column that the resurgence seen most prominently in downtown and Midtown is benefiting the entire city. Loepp’s column, “Detroit’s Neighborhoods Stand to Benefit From City’s Resurgence,” was featured in a special supplement published by the Chronicle for the 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference, which kicked off Wednesday on Mackinac Island.
These are, in many ways, tough times in the city of Detroit. There can be no doubt about that. But as I see it, some very important blocks are being put into place to rebuild this great city, where I was born and raised, and where today I run a business employing more than 6,400 people working downtown. Unlike other unsuccessful revitalization pushes of the past, this one has support from a broad array of interests and has the look of being sustainable.
Read the whole column here. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is a major sponsor of the annual Mackinac Policy Conference, a three-day gathering of more than 1,500 business and nonprofit leaders, elected officials and members of the news media organized by the Detroit Regional Chamber. Themes for this year’s conference are education, culture and the 21st century global marketplace. Loepp was scheduled to welcome Gov. Rick Snyder to the Grand Hotel stage Friday. You can watch live streaming coverage of the conference on MiVote.org.