• Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority Expands SMG Management Agreement

     
    POSTED October 6, 2013
     

    “SMG sincerely appreciates this vote of confidences from the Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority,” says Wes Wesley, president and CEO of SMG. “We are proud to be part of the team they put together to reorganize and renovate Cobo Center.”  

The Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority has extended its SMG management Agreement of the Cobo Center for another three year-term, which will run from Sept. 30 2013 through Sept. 30 2016. The original agreement was signed in 2010.

"SMG sincerely appreciates this vote of confidences from the Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority," says Wes Wesley, president and CEO of SMG. "We are proud to be part of the team they put together to reorganize and renovate Cobo Center."

Significant achievements have been made to improve the center’s performance due to the first three-year agreement. Some of these include, an operating revenue-excluding the state operating subsidy and parking revenue-that increased 52.7 percent; building maintenance and efficiency have improved; operating expenses have decreased by 11.9 percent; and employee supervision and training has become more developed.

The Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth changes its name to Saint John’s Resort in August.

It’s part of a rebranding with multiple enhancements that Director of Sales and Marketing Fadi Sibani says make it a true Detroit destination resort.

Formerly owned by the Archdiocese of Detroit as St. John’s Provincial Seminary from 1948 to 1988, the property was transformed in the 1990s as a center for youth and families before it was redeveloped into a hotel and conference center in the 2000s. 

 

First came COVID. Then came the tornado.

The northern Michigan community of Gaylord was just starting to rebound from the pandemic with its groups and events business as a new season was getting underway when a rare EF3 tornado with estimated wind speeds between 136 and 165 miles per hour struck May 20.

Two people were killed and at least 44 were injured, according to official reports at the time. West Michigan meteorologist Bill Steffen said it was the strongest tornado to strike in the U.S. that month. 

 

Six months ago, Detroit’s TCF Center got a new name—Huntington Place. Now the convention center is getting striking new public art—an outdoor sculpture by acclaimed artist Scott Hocking. The 15-foot diameter bronze sculpture, Floating Citadel, will be located in the main circle drive of Huntington Place in downtown Detroit. The installation of the sculpture is expected to be complete by late summer. Renderings and images are available here