One of the guests at the announcement Wednesday of the University of Michigan Innovation Center in Detroit gushed to me that the U-M project was the biggest thing for Detroit since the assembly line.
Hyperbole? Perhaps. But maybe not so far wrong if the U-M project delivers everything that Mayor Mike Duggan and billionaire backers Dan Gilbert and Stephen Ross promise.
When the initial piece opens in about four years, U-M's Detroit Center for Innovation will create a mini-campus for about 1,000 U-M graduate students working in tech fields like artificial intelligence, mobility, data science and cybersecurity.
Image: Rendering shows the planned University of Michigan Detroit Center for Innovation to rise on the east side of downtown Detroit. UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN