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E_hemingway
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Post Number: 445
Registered: 11-2004
Posted From: 68.42.176.123
Posted on Friday, January 13, 2006 - 10:06 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Ad agencies to leave Detroit

WPP will move 630 workers out

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs .dll/article?AID=/20060113/BUS INESS06/601130301/1019
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Ilovedetroit
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Post Number: 1961
Registered: 02-2005
Posted From: 69.246.4.29
Posted on Friday, January 13, 2006 - 10:17 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I don't think there is anything we could do to keep them - too bad for them. Detroit ie better than Dearborn - I use to work there ugggh.
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Danny
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Post Number: 3642
Registered: 02-2004
Posted From: 141.217.174.226
Posted on Friday, January 13, 2006 - 10:36 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Screw them! They can live in utopia for I don't care.
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Mind_field
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Post Number: 460
Registered: 10-2003
Posted From: 209.240.205.61
Posted on Friday, January 13, 2006 - 12:12 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It was rumored that this would happen, now it's for sure.

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

I guess it could be worse though, they could have gone to the OC.
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Lurker
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Post Number: 1562
Registered: 10-2003
Posted From: 65.196.220.198
Posted on Friday, January 13, 2006 - 12:17 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

So, the Comerica Building (500 Woodward) is losing JWT to the suburbs and E&Y to the new Kennedy building. That can't be good for a 14 year old building. Do they have any tenants to backfill the losses?
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Itsjeff
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Post Number: 5348
Registered: 10-2003
Posted From: 208.27.111.125
Posted on Friday, January 13, 2006 - 12:22 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I just read that Clark Hill is taking another floor there.

So, you know... one down.
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Eap
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Post Number: 1233
Registered: 11-2003
Posted From: 69.221.37.80
Posted on Friday, January 13, 2006 - 12:22 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I say tear it down......
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Eric_c
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Post Number: 589
Registered: 11-2003
Posted From: 68.76.202.10
Posted on Friday, January 13, 2006 - 12:24 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I say move it to Wixom and give it to WTVS.
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Merchantgander
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Post Number: 1452
Registered: 01-2005
Posted From: 150.198.164.127
Posted on Friday, January 13, 2006 - 12:25 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

This is the perfect example of why it is so important for states and communities to attract large companies HQ because their large vendors like to be close to them. So next time the state gives out so tax incentives to attract someone to the area think about the spin off jobs that might follow before you start you bitching.
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Ndavies
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Post Number: 1550
Registered: 10-2003
Posted From: 70.236.175.43
Posted on Friday, January 13, 2006 - 12:42 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Tear that shit down. It blocks my view of the river. You can take out the CAYMC while you're at it. Nothing good ever happens there. :-)

in the way
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Awfavre
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Post Number: 19
Registered: 08-2005
Posted From: 69.3.206.177
Posted on Friday, January 13, 2006 - 1:05 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Here here, Ndavies! I can't see when the boats reach Downtown because of that damn thing. :-)
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Hooha
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Post Number: 68
Registered: 06-2005
Posted From: 69.81.52.188
Posted on Friday, January 13, 2006 - 2:58 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Makes sense for them. What surprises me is that agencies that do work for GM, like Campbell-Ewald, don't have any offices downtown.
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Ilovedetroit
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Post Number: 1962
Registered: 02-2005
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Posted on Friday, January 13, 2006 - 3:07 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Yeah Campbell Ewald is in Warren - yuck!
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Gravitymachine
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Post Number: 760
Registered: 05-2005
Posted From: 198.208.159.18
Posted on Friday, January 13, 2006 - 3:18 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

right across the street from the GM tech center...
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Sumotect
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Post Number: 152
Registered: 08-2004
Posted From: 64.243.32.9
Posted on Friday, January 13, 2006 - 3:23 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Big development opportunity!

"The LOFTS at 500"
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Digitaldom
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Post Number: 420
Registered: 08-2004
Posted From: 67.149.110.53
Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2006 - 1:51 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Get a grip folks.. I used to work for JWT.. They are Fords major advertising firm.. They are based in Dearborn NOT Detroit.. EDS the company I worked for located IN Detroit for the same reason.. GM headquarters is the Ren Cen.. Not seeing the issue here...

That is a very good looking building compared to the other newer buildings in Downtown.. Specifically I speaking of the State and federal buildings built in the past 40 years.. They are concrete giants with no style...

The Comerica building has won awards for a good reason.. It's a good looking addition to the downtown.. Screw your view to the lake front... Hey IT'S A CITY! You want a view of the river move to a property that's on the river.. Make that comment on a Chicago thread or New York and see how many laughs you get.. It's called progress in a Downtown..
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Alexei289
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Post Number: 991
Registered: 11-2004
Posted From: 68.61.183.223
Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2006 - 2:00 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

God damn, why waste time, with the new Greektown casino being built that property is worth its weight in gold as a parking lot!
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Jsmyers
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Post Number: 1348
Registered: 12-2003
Posted From: 69.212.226.203
Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2006 - 2:04 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

DigitalDom,

I'm sure he was being sarcastic...
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Lmichigan
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Post Number: 3010
Registered: 10-2003
Posted From: 67.172.95.197
Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2006 - 2:48 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I was glad to see them moving from the One Detroit Center (which can ALWAYS replace tenants because of it being Class A office space) instead of being the major tenant of some Class B or C space downtown.

While still unfortunate, there is a bit of a silver lining.
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Itsjeff
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Post Number: 5351
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Posted From: 68.42.168.211
Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2006 - 9:31 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

DigitalDom:

sarcasm
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Chalu64
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Post Number: 34
Registered: 08-2005
Posted From: 68.40.108.8
Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2006 - 10:25 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Most of the employees are unhappy about the move to Dearborn. They'll be in the same building eventually as Y/R and Ogilvy Advertising. All WPP (holding company) entities. Just a matter of time before JWT gobbles the other two up and it becomes one, fat agency. This would, of course, mean more layoffs as the new agency trims the overlapping staff. Good news for Detroit.
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Michigansheik
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Post Number: 59
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Posted From: 69.242.214.54
Posted on Sunday, January 15, 2006 - 12:50 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

A friend of mine that works there is saying that JWT leadership met with KK/the city a couple of times wanting to work on a deal for a new location and basically were snubbed. It's sad to lose talent to the burbs. He was not sure why the talks did not go well though.
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Matt_the_deuce
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Post Number: 438
Registered: 10-2003
Posted From: 69.14.254.121
Posted on Sunday, January 15, 2006 - 5:41 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Sounds like them covering their ass. I would guess that Kwame and the city would have done everything in their power to keep them in the city. It was purely a business decision and an inevitable one at that, as I've been hearing this rumor for the last five years.
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Gistok
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Post Number: 1758
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Posted on Sunday, January 15, 2006 - 5:45 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I don't see any silver lining in them moving to Dearborn. Chances are that the Comerica Tower get replacement tenants from other downtown buildings. That's not good.
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Detroitwonk
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Post Number: 93
Registered: 10-2005
Posted From: 68.41.207.52
Posted on Sunday, January 15, 2006 - 5:49 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Merchantgander, I totally agree. It pisses me off when groups like the Mackinac Center for Public Policy bitch and moan when the MEDC and DEGC give out SBT Tax Credits and PA 141's to retain or attract businesses. I'm sorry...but we're in a war with 50 other states and Canada for locating businesses, we need every arrow possible in our quiver.

When will these supposed "free-marketers" ever get the bigger picture?
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Itsjeff
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Post Number: 5363
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Posted From: 68.42.168.211
Posted on Sunday, January 15, 2006 - 8:41 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

A friend of mine that works there is saying that JWT leadership met with KK/the city a couple of times wanting to work on a deal for a new location and basically were snubbed.

What could the mayor of Detroit possibly do for JWT or any other business that leases? Rent them cheap office space in the City-County Building?
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Llyn
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Post Number: 1365
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Posted From: 68.61.197.206
Posted on Sunday, January 15, 2006 - 9:01 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Even at face value it's hard to believe, also. We'd be saying, what... the mayor doesn't want to retain jobs in the city?
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Michigansheik
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Post Number: 60
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Posted on Monday, January 16, 2006 - 1:29 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

does the city have any influence on the DEGC?
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Itsjeff
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Post Number: 5364
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Posted From: 68.42.168.211
Posted on Monday, January 16, 2006 - 10:11 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The DEGC is for builders, not renters. Their task is to assist with brownfield and other tax credits, construction loans, permits, etc. They could probably help you find space to rent, but that role would be limited, since they can't dictate the terms of a lease to private industry.

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