In early April Detroit’s TCF Center became a 1,000-bed alternate care site to help ease the burden on local hospitals during the COVID-19 crisis. The 723,000-square-foot facility became the TCF Regional Care Center. According to Pure Michigan’s Michelle Grinnell, who serves as public information officer for the state’s alternate care sites, 39 patients were treated at TCF, the last of whom was discharged on May 7. Grinnell says health data had improved enough in the state for work at the center to be put on hold while its beds would remain in place. “This really is a pause versus shutting down,” says Grinnell, “with TCF Regional Care Center standing ready to receive patients again if the need arises throughout the state.”

A recent survey demonstrates the resilience of the hospitality industry and the dedication of the industry’s professionals.

 

Nobody needed to step on a scale when the 7th Annual Michigan Energy Summit announced the winners of the annual Michigan Battle of the Buildings “bigger loser” competition in an event hosted under the Grant Pavilion at Millennium Park in Grand Rapids in August. But the mood was jubilant when six local organizations were recognized as 2020 awardees for balancing significant changes in energy, water, health and safety measures since the onset of the pandemic and demonstrating stewardship, resilience, collaboration, and community service.

 

When executed safely, in-person meetings and events are possible. But it’s been tough for meeting planners across the nation, due to differing state-by-state and even county-by-county guidelines. In some areas, meetings and events have returned a while ago, but for others, it’s hard to imagine what planning a meeting would be like.