Detroit Economic Club adds summer beverage tasting for remote workers

For decades, the Detroit Economic Club had a built-in potential audience with tens of thousands of people working in downtown Detroit.

Many, including non-members, could plan to walk a few blocks to a downtown venue to attend a lunch hour event to network with others and hear top CEOs, politicians and thought leaders.

Then the pandemic hit in 2020.

Even two years later, Steve Grigorian, who has been the club’s president and CEO since 2017, is pondering how the DEC will need to adjust to reflect what’s likely to be a long lasting change in how and where thousands of people work.

Consider these telling numbers that Grigorian shared with me from the Downtown Detroit Partnership. Before the pandemic, about 75,000 people a day were working in downtown Detroit.

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