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Detroit Businesses Win Majority of Contract Awards for New Detroit Events Center

Detroit Businesses Participation Far Exceeds Targeted Goal; Reaffirms Ilitch Commitment to Michigan Made, Detroit Built Events Center and District

The first four contracts for work on the new Detroit Events Center – future home of the Detroit Red Wings – will exceed promised targets for Detroit-based and -headquartered businesses participation, Olympia Development of Michigan announced today.

Olympia Development has set aggressive goals of 30 percent Detroit business participation and 51 percent Detroit resident employment in construction of the Events Center. Of the initial contract awards Olympia Development recommended for approval to the City of Detroit Downtown Development Authority, more than 80 percent – or $25 million of the $30 million total – will go to Detroit businesses. The bid packages award an array of projects including mass excavation, underground utility services and more.

“The new Events Center development is giving Detroit businesses a real and tangible economic boost, and we are proof of that,” said Kerlin Blaise, Owner and President of Blaze Contracting, Inc. “Olympia Development created an inclusion plan with ongoing opportunities for Detroit businesses to learn about bid packs and receive technical assistance to help ensure the participation of Detroit businesses like mine.”

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