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500 Griswold
36th Floor
Detroit, MI 48226

Mark Nickita

Where did you find your first employee?
Networking and marketing mailers

Have you promoted an intern to employee status, and if so how many times have you done it?

It's often said that Metro Detroit and Michigan need to reinvent their economies to be competitive. Are we making those changes, and if so are we making enough of them or doing it fast enough?
Yes, I believe that these changes are being made, from the state level to Detroit's Mayor Bing and City Council. Our leadership has recognized the need for a serious reevaluation of our previous ways of doing business, and is making plans for a new path. There is much to do and we have many issues to address - progress is never fast enough.

If you could change one thing about this region, what would it be?
Attitude. We live in a great city, great state and the Lake Belt is an amazing part of the country. We all need to recognize this as an asset, believe in it and proceed with a positive attitude.??

Name an idea, policy or mindset from elsewhere that you would like to see this region adopt?
Regionalism. Metro Detroit works as a unit, all of the municipalities, businesses and residents should think of it as a region and not think only of their own small portion. We are known throughout the globe as Detroit, not southeast Michigan (that name has little meaning outside of the state). Cities of the world have defined themselves as regions and identified themselves with the historical city - Tokyo, Paris, London, Rio, Beijing, etc. If we work together as a region, think of ourselves as Detroit and be proud of who we are and what we have accomplished over the past 310 years, we will have a place and succeed in the global economy.

What could local leaders do to help attract and retain more entrepreneurial young people to Metro Detroit?
Focus of the development of walkable, pedestrian-oriented places. We need to have multiple, viable places that are designed for people, not just cars, throughout the region with a focus on mixed-use, transit-oriented environments where we can live, work and play. Places like Detroit's, Midtown, Corktown, the Villages, Ferndale, Royal Oak, Birmingham, Mount Clemens, Plymouth, Dearborn and others. Businesses and residents are seeking out these places to connect to. We need to enhance the ones that exist in the region and create more. This is a significant key to keeping and attracting our young people.

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