quicken loans http://michiganradio.org en Dan Gilbert buys more downtown Detroit property, comments on Detroit's potential bankruptcy http://michiganradio.org/post/dan-gilbert-buys-more-downtown-detroit-property-comments-detroits-potential-bankruptcy <p>Dan Gilbert’s Rock Ventures just purchased two more buildings on Woodward Avenue. This adds to a growing number of property that Gilbert owns in Detroit’s downtown.</p><p>So far, Gilbert’s <a href="http://www.quickenloans.com/press-room/?s=rock+ventures&amp;submit.x=-984&amp;submit.y=-293">Rock Ventures</a> and <a href="http://www.bedrockmgt.com/properties/">Bedrock Real Estate Services</a> have purchased around 30 buildings and parking garages.</p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 16:24:20 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13145 at http://michiganradio.org Dan Gilbert buys more downtown Detroit property, comments on Detroit's potential bankruptcy More on the winners of the downtown Detroit Hudson's site competition http://michiganradio.org/post/more-winners-downtown-detroit-hudsons-site-competition <p>The iconic Hudson department store in Detroit was demolished 15 years ago, leaving a large empty space in the heart of downtown.</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 21:50:40 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13024 at http://michiganradio.org More on the winners of the downtown Detroit Hudson's site competition Downtown Detroit boosters share vision for 2016 http://michiganradio.org/post/downtown-detroit-boosters-share-vision-2016 <p>Exciting things are happening in downtown Detroit, and there’s a plan to keep up the positive momentum.</p><p>That’s the scenario the Downtown Detroit Partnership laid out at its annual lunch Wednesday.</p><p>The DDP outlined its vision for a dense, vibrant downtown Detroit of 2016.</p><p>The group is made up some of Detroit’s biggest business leaders. They’re putting money behind incentive programs and other projects to draw more residents and employees downtown.</p> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 00:42:41 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 12190 at http://michiganradio.org Downtown Detroit boosters share vision for 2016 More new faces for Detroit's downtown business district http://michiganradio.org/post/more-new-faces-detroits-downtown-business-district <div align="left"><font face="Tahoma"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">500 new employees moved into downtown Detroit&rsquo;s First National Building Wednesday.</span></font></div><div align="left">&nbsp;</div><div align="left"><font face="Tahoma"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">City officials and business leaders say it&rsquo;s yet another sign of Detroit&rsquo;s resurgent business district.</span></font></div><div align="left">&nbsp;</div><p><font face="Tahoma"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">They held a pep rally of sorts to welcome the new employees downtown.</span></font><font face="Tahoma"><s Wed, 25 Jul 2012 21:26:25 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 8441 at http://michiganradio.org More new faces for Detroit's downtown business district Commentary: More companies betting on Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-more-companies-betting-detroit <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">There&rsquo;s an old Russian saying that, even, if you covered the world with asphalt, eventually a crack would form.</font></font></font></font></p> Tue, 01 May 2012 15:51:58 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 7264 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: More companies betting on Detroit Twitter to open office in Detroit, reporter Tweets the news on-air http://michiganradio.org/post/twitter-open-office-detroit-reporter-tweets-news-air <p><strong>Update 5:30 p.m.</strong></p><p>Have you ever heard a radio reporter &quot;Tweet&quot; a story?</p><p>Michigan Radio&#39;s Jennifer Guerra shows us how:</p><p>http://environmentreport.org/audio/guerra_tweet.mp3</p><p><strong>12:08 p.m.</strong></p><p>People are all a-Twitter about the social media company opening an office in downtown Detroit.</p><p>The office will be located in the M@dison Building on Broadway Street. The building is owned by Quicken Loans Chairman, Dan Gilbert.</p><p>This from a <a href="http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/twitter-opens-downtown-detroit-office-in-rock-ventures-mdison-building-146091095.html">press release</a> from Rock Ventures LLC, another company run by&nbsp;Gilbert:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;Twitter coming downtown is exactly the kind of innovative company <span class="xn-location">Detroit</span> needs to advance our vision of becoming one of the most exciting high-tech and web-centered corridors of growth and activity found anywhere,&quot; said Gilbert, Chairman of Rock Ventures and Quicken Loans, and Majority Owner of the NBA&#39;s Cleveland Cavaliers.</p><p>&quot;Twitter chose <span class="xn-location">Detroit</span> because of the city&#39;s growing, young and energetic environment.&nbsp; This is further proof that the country is starting to wake up and take notice &ndash; if you want to create a thriving, growing tech business, downtown <span class="xn-location">Detroit</span> is one of the best places to be,&quot; Gilbert added.</p></blockquote><p>Twitter is headquartered in San Francisco.</p><p>The Detroit office will help &quot;marketers and advertising agencies in Detroit leverage Twitter&#39;s Promoted Products suite of advertising products.&quot;</p><p>The company expects to hire more employees as it grows. Wed, 04 Apr 2012 21:30:52 +0000 Mark Brush 6904 at http://michiganradio.org Twitter to open office in Detroit, reporter Tweets the news on-air Quicken Loans founder buys historic Detroit site http://michiganradio.org/post/quicken-loans-founder-buys-historic-detroit-site <p>DETROIT (AP) - Quicken Loans founder and chairman Dan Gilbert says his venture capital firm is buying downtown Detroit&#39;s historic Federal Reserve Building.</p><p>Gilbert said Monday that he hasn&#39;t landed a tenant for the 176,000 square-foot building but believes it&#39;s ideal for one occupant. The original building was constructed in 1927 and an eight-story annex was added in 1951.</p><p>The purchase price wasn&#39;t disclosed for the building, which has been vacant since 2004.</p><p>In the past year, Gilbert&#39;s Rock Ventures LLC has bought nine buildings, three parking structures and one lot with an aim to create an entrepreneurially focused, technology district.</p><p>The Cleveland Cavaliers owner made the announcement from the M@dison Building, a five-story structure Rock Ventures bought and spent $12 million renovating. Other holdings include the Chase Tower and First National Building. Mon, 30 Jan 2012 18:29:13 +0000 The Associated Press 6004 at http://michiganradio.org Quicken Loans founder buys historic Detroit site Quicken Loans' Gilbert says he's seeking to fill 500 internships and 300 new technolgy jobs http://michiganradio.org/post/quicken-loans-gilbert-says-hes-seeking-fill-500-internships-and-300-new-technolgy-jobs <p>John Gallagher of the <a href="http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012120126028">Detroit Free Press</a> reports the head of Quicken Loans, Dan Gilbert,&nbsp; is hoping to hire &quot;500 college interns this summer in downtown Detroit.&quot;</p><p>Gilbert said he wants to move the city from having a &quot;brain drain&quot; to a &quot;brain gain&quot; - from the Freep:</p><blockquote><p>Gilbert told the annual meeting of the Detroit Metro Convention &amp; Visitors Bureau that hiring 250 interns last summer proved so successful that Quicken plans to double the program this year. He urged the hundreds of attendees at the Fillmore Theatre in Detroit to spread the word to college-age young people.</p><p>&ldquo;We want them all,&rdquo; he said.</p></blockquote><p>Gilbert also told the group that the company is planning to hire 300 &quot;new technology&quot; employees.</p><p>Anyone interested in applying can visit <a href="http://www.quickenloanscareers.com">Quicken&#39;s employment website</a> to find out more. Thu, 26 Jan 2012 20:23:13 +0000 Mark Brush 5963 at http://michiganradio.org Quicken Loans plans to hire 500 new workers http://michiganradio.org/post/quicken-loans-plans-hire-500-new-workers <p>DETROIT (AP) - Online retail mortgage lender Quicken Loans Inc. says it plans to hire 500 new workers, mostly based in Detroit.</p><p>The Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News report the company plans to kick off the hiring effort with a job fair Saturday at its downtown Detroit headquarters. The company wants to hire immediately for several areas including mortgage banking, marketing and technology.</p><p>The event runs form 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Job listings are posted online. Mon, 12 Sep 2011 18:07:48 +0000 The Associated Press 4120 at http://michiganradio.org Quicken Loans closes deal on downtown Detroit building http://michiganradio.org/post/quicken-loans-closes-deal-downtown-detroit-building <p><a href="http://www.quickenloans.com/version">Quicken Loans </a>has completed the purchase of the 14-story Chase Tower in downtown Detroit. The deal will allow the company to move the remainder of its workforce from the suburbs to downtown Detroit.</p><p>When the move is complete, about 4,000 employees of Quicken and its related companies will work downtown.</p><p>The Chase Tower sits just south of the Compuware Building on the other side of <a href="http://www.campusmartiuspark.org">Campus Martius Park</a>, where Quicken moved about 1,700 of its employees last year.</p><p>The move downtown is part of Quicken founder Dan Gilbert&rsquo;s plan to help turn lower Woodward Avenue into a mecca for high-tech, Internet-based businesses.</p><p>Quicken is the nation&rsquo;s largest online mortgage lender.</p><p>Plans for the Chase Tower include retail space on the first floor, and room for tenants who fit into Gilbert&rsquo;s plan for a downtown Detroit technology hub. Thu, 07 Apr 2011 19:21:12 +0000 Sarah Hulett 1964 at http://michiganradio.org Quicken Loans closes deal on downtown Detroit building