History & Mission
The Michigan Legislature passed Public Act. No. 63 of 2009 creating the Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority (the Authority) and granting it power to assume operational control of Huntington Place for the purposes of improving and expanding the facility. The first steps in achieving the ultimate goal of expansion were: to develop an organizational structure to govern the facility; to build an interim professional executive management team to manage the transition of facility's operations, finances, procurement and construction goals; to evaluate and assume all of the facility's existing contractual liabilities; and to hire employees to ensure a seamless transfer of the facility's operations on Sept. 15, 2009. The Authority accomplished all of these goals within four weeks in order to meet the state-mandated transfer date.
The Authority is comprised of five board members appointed to represent the respective interests of the state of Michigan, the city of Detroit, and Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. The Authority has been widely heralded as southeastern Michigan's first major step towards true regional cooperation.
The Authority completed a major capital improvement project that upgraded and increased the center's exhibit space, amenities and technological capacity in 2017. The project assures the facility remains among the nation's most sought-after locations for major shows and conventions, including the North American International Auto Show, an event that has a contract with Huntington Place through 2026.