“Another great day here in Detroit,” exclaimed Dan Gilbert, founder and chairman of Quicken Loans. “It seems like everyday there’s another great announcement.”
Standing alongside Mayor Mike Duggan, Bedrock CEO Jim Ketai, and Microsoft executives, Gilbert announced the relocation of the Microsoft Technology Center (MTC) from their current offices in the Southfield Town Center to the One Campus Martius building (formerly Compuware), moving into 40,000 square feet in the Bedrock-owned building.
Microsoft will join the 160 office and retail tenants that have moved to Detroit’s technology-centric downtown, standing alongside Fortune 500 businesses like Fifth-Third Bank, Ally and Amazon.
“When we first came downtown, we had this vision of creating this tech hub and here we are today, announcing Microsoft moving to downtown Detroit,” said an enthusiastic Ketai, “The good news is: it’s not stopping. There’s more coming and we are just building that momentum.”
Microsoft is a worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. With over 40 locations worldwide, MTC will add to the ever-growing tech scene in the city.
“Microsoft employees take such pride in enabling our customers and partners to transform their business through the utilization of great technologies,” says Phil Sorgen, corporate vice president, U.S. Enterprise & Partner Group, Microsoft. “In support of that commitment, we are really excited to move into the center of Detroit and also the center of a thriving digital economy here with thriving companies in this technology space.”
The technology center is a hub of collaboration and innovation, designed to help people go through the ideation process and explore the possibilities of technology.
“It goes beyond the business community because the Microsoft employees take great pride in being part of the community that we do business in and bringing things like STEM education to schools and communities and making that available,” said Sorgen.
Gilbert suggested that Detroit will become one of the capitals of the technology world.
“Detroit really is at the intersection of muscle and brains,” claimed Gilbert. “For those of you who aren’t here yet, you better get where the action is.”
Microsoft will be relocating to downtown Detroit in early 2018.