Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions About COBO CENTER

How will the Detroit bankruptcy effect Cobo Center?

The city’s action is an important and positive step forward in dealing with the government’s debt and setting the stage for full economic recovery.

The city’s bankruptcy is not expected to have any effect on operations at Cobo Center and will not impact any convention or meeting business scheduled there, or hinder our ability to book future business.

Cobo Center was completely separated from city government in 2009 and placed in the hands of a regional authority. Cobo receives no money from the city and is not a city asset that could be sold in connection with the bankruptcy.

There was no interruption in whatever service we receive from the Detroit Police Department, or any other city department that provides essential services.

Is Detroit safe for my event and attendees?

The Downtown Detroit Project, with its ongoing efforts to provide safety, lighting and code enforcement, and Project Lighthouse, a private public collaboration of business and public safety departments, has created a security force in downtown Detroit that is unique in the nation and equal to none.

The Downtown Detroit Project is a private/public partnership of corporate and civic leaders that supports, advocates and develops programs and initiatives that create a clean, vibrant, safe, beautiful, inviting and economically strong Downtown Detroit community. The public partners are the City of Detroit and the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation. Their Safety, Lighting and Code Enforcement program supports an environment that provides residents, workers and visitors personal safety with: a uniformed presence on downtown streets; an improved perception and realization of public order created by clean streets and sidewalks, well-maintained landscaping, public spaces and streetscape elements; good lighting; elimination of blight using tools such as stringent code enforcement.

Project Lighthouse is a collaboration of all security and law enforcement agencies in the downtown Detroit area including Homeland Security, the US Coast Guard, FBI, Customs and Border Patrol, state, county and city police departments and all private security companies. By leveraging technology resources, information and personnel records, a cooperative survellience effort exists across the city 24/7/365. This effort creates:

  •     courtesy patrols in downtown Detroit
  •     crime mapping and analysis
  •     a superior camera and video network
  •     23 lighthouse facilities established to help people in an emergency

Cobo Center is an established lighthouse facility in downtown Detroit and fully collaborates with Project Lighthouse.

Will there be new labor agreements?

A new labor agreement with five participating unions was announced June 20, 2013.  The five unions participating in the efficiency agreement are:

  • Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters
  •  Local 58 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
  •  Local 25 of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental, Rigging, Machinery Erectors & Reinforcing Ironworkers
  • Local 38 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and Moving Pictures Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada, AFL-CIO, CLC
  • Local 299 of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters

Here are a few highlights:

  • Exhibitors could save up to 33 percent on material handling labor
  • Overtime adjustment: new rules extend first eight hours straight time from 6 AM – 10 PM;
  • previously overtime began after 3 PM
  • Exhibitors may carry exhibit materials into and out of exhibit halls if motorized equipment is
  • not needed
  • Greater leeway for Exhibitors setting up their own booth

When did renovation construction begin and end?

Work began in 2010, with construction planned around existing commitments at Cobo Center so as not to disrupt customer events or access. All major project elements were completed by the 2015 North American International Auto Show in January, with full project completion later in 2015.

DRCFA Contact Information
Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority
1 Washington Blvd, Suite 401
Detroit, MI 48226
Phone: 313-877-8777