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Detroit – “America’s Great Comeback City”

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After its inception of a U.S. city in 1815, Detroit evolved from a fur-trading post to an industrial tycoon as the automobile capital of the world. It was here that great inventors such as Henry Ford would pave the way with the creation of the assembly line, designating Detroit as the largest producer of military armaments during World War I.  That title would continue as the U.S. pushed on as a leading force in World War II. The “Detroit Arsenal Tank Plant,” headed by Chrysler CEO K.T. Keller, produced more tanks than all of the Third Reich.  

As time advanced the city faced economic hardships and ultimately declared bankruptcy in 2014. It was then that the resurgence of Detroit began with the renovation of automobile landmarks, improvements in public transportation, and sprouting start-up IT companies. Tracing back to its roots as the “Arsenal of Democracy,” as declared by Franklin D. Roosevelt, Detroit’s evolution is the golden ticket in linking the future of technology to American-produced transportation for the U.S.government as well as the U.S. consumer.


The Fillmore

Monday, July 15, 2019

Photo Credit: Marc Nader, mgnader photographer

Biergarten at Little Caesars Arena

Monday, July 15, 2019 - Reception

Photo Credit: Olympia Entertainment / Little Caesars Arena

Cobo Center

Tuesday, July 16 – Friday, July 19, 2019
Photo Credit: Cobo Center


Detroit Marriott
at the Renaissance Center -

A room block has been set up for the
“DARPA 2019 Electronics Resurgence Initiative Summit”
at the per diem rate of $131 for Sunday, July 14 – Friday, July 19.

*The block has limited availability on some nights. Please see below for additional options.*

The cut-off date to make your reservation is Monday, June 24.

Photo Credit: Vito Palmisano

Online Booking LinkGet directions

•  Hotel room rates subject to applicable taxes of 15%
• All reservations must be accompanied by a first night room deposit which is refundable if cancellation is received at least 24 hours prior to arrival
•  Hotel Check-in: 3:00pm
•  Hotel Check-out: 12:00pm
•  Hotel Contact Information
- 400 Renaissance Drive, Detroit, MI 48243
- Main +1 313-586-8000 or Marriott Reservations +1 877-901-6632

Guest Room Options
•  Detroit Marriott at Renaissance Center will offer their daily prevailing rate for any nights that sell out in the group block. Currently they are selling the per diem rate of $131 online for Sunday - Thursday nights.(Note: You must present a government ID since this is outside the group block). Please call the reservations number listed above to book your entire stay to include group rate available nights with any prevailing rate or per diem rate nights.

•  Courtyard Downtown Detroit is located directly across the street from the Detroit Marriott and are currently selling the per diem rate of $131 online. You must have government ID to receive this per diem room rate. Please check the daily prevailing rate if you do not qualify for a per diem room rate.

•  Crowne Plaza Detroit Downtown Riverfront is located directly across the street from the Cobo Center. They are currently selling the daily prevailing rate online for the Summit dates.


Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) - Approximately 21 miles from hotel/downtown Detroit
Detroit Amtrak  - Approximately 4.5 miles from hotel/downtown Detroit


From Detroit Metro Airport:    
• From McNamara Terminal: Follow signs to ‘Ground Transportation’ to locate taxi and sedan services
• From North Terminal: Follow signs to ‘Ground Transportation’ on Level 4 to locate taxi and sedan services
• UBER & LYFT, Approximately a $35-$45 fare
• Taxi, Approximately a $40-$50 fare
• Rental Cars can be picked up and dropped off at the ‘Rental Car Campus’ located at the Northeast corner of the airport along Lucas Drive. Follow signs to ‘Ground Transportation’ and take a courtesy shuttle to the campus.
• Public Transportation is available through FAST– a high-frequency subservice of the
SMART bus system.

Around the Town

The QLine (streetcar)
Commuting to The Fillmore: Jump on at Congress Street, get off at Montcalm Street, walk 1.5 blocks south
The People Mover (monorail)
- Commuting to The Fillmore: Start at the Renaissance Center station, get off at the Grand Circus Park Station, when exiting take Woodward Ave north 2 blocks
- Commuting to Cobo Center: Start at the Renaissance Center station, exit at the Cobo Center Station, follow the signs in Cobo to the ERI Summit / Grand Ballroom A/B
UBER, LYFT and Taxi Services are available at an average cost of $7-$10 for traveling within the downtown area

Learning Environment

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Learn more
Photo 1 Credit: Vito Palmisano, Photo 2 Credit: Janna Bissett Photography, Photo 3 Credit: Vito Palmisano, Photo 4 Credit: Vito Palmisano, Photo 5-6 Credit: Bill Bowen

Additional Resources

Marriott Building Location Map      
GM Renaissance Center Map – Restaurants,Shopping      
People Mover Map      
SMART Transit Map      
Detroit Riverfront Flyer
Cobo Center Floorplan Levels 1-4