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'Michigan Matters' Focus: Detroit's Landscape Undergoing Changes

Things are a changing in Detroit as Thom Connors, who runs Cobo Center, talked about during a far flung conversation on "Michigan Matters" about the convention center and its growing impact on the Motor City.

Connors talked to Senior Producer/Host Carol Cain about the $299 million renovation that is nearing completion that gives a major facelift to the facility built in the 1960s.

Connors, who came to Detroit five years ago to take over Cobo, gave a shout out to Rod Alberts and the Detroit Auto Dealers Association, for helping broker a deal that saw creation of a regional authority that is charged with overseeing finances of Cobo. Ihe authority includes representatives of the city, state and three Metro Detroit counties.

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Mark Wallace, who runs the Detroit Riverforont Conservancy, discusses changes along the city's riverfront on "Michigan Matters" (credit: Sydney Alexandra Bowden/CBS 62)

Then Mark Wallace, CEO of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, talked about water taxis along the city's riverfront and other improvements to make the green areas there more user-friendly.

Wallace, a former high school teacher in Detroit who works on real estate projects in Chicago and Detroit, took over the conservancy a year ago. He talked about huge crowds that attended the recent GM River Days and other events including Jimmy Buffett concerts.

Watch "Michigan Matters" 11:30 am Sunday only on CBS 62.

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