Six Downtown Detroit companies engage in fierce competition to celebrate living Downtown

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Remember back when hardly anyone lived in Downtown Detroit. Remember when the streets were empty after the work day ended and on most weekends unless there was a Red Wings, Tigers or Lions game. And then it emptied out pretty fast.

That’s all changed. Our downtown is bustling … after work, on the weekends and after games.

Some of that dramatic change has come from the Live Downtown program where six downtown companies incentivize their employees to invest in a home in the city … either to rent or to buy. The program, coordinated by the Downtown Detroit Partnership and administered by Midtown Detroit, Inc., has been a great success.

trophyToday residential occupancy downtown is 99 %. That’s not all due to the Live Downtown program but it certainly added to it. The program focuses on building density in Downtown and designated nearby neighborhoods: Corktown, Lafayette Park, Eastern Market, Woodbridge and the Midtown areas of Brush Park, Cass Park, Art Center, and Lower Cass.  With the demand now exceeding the supply more and more residential spaces will come on stream over the next few years.

These six companies … Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM), Compuware, DTE Energy, Marketing Associates, Quicken Loans and Strategic Staffing Solutions … want to celebrate the success of the program. So, for the third year, the Live Downtown Games will be played in Detroit July 21-24.

“The annual Live Downtown Games have brought a sense of community to these six companies,” said Bob Gregory, senior vice president of the Downtown Detroit Partnership. “Their continued collaboration demonstrates what can be achieved when companies rally together behind a common purpose. Over the past three years, the Live Downtown program has added more than 940 residents to Downtown Detroit.  The collaboration of the Live Downtown companies has made Downtown Detroit a better place to live, work and play.”

The Live Downtown Games are a fierce competition as the six companies send their finest athletes to showcase their talent in the week-long event. The 2014 Games kick off with opening ceremonies at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 21 in the heart of Downtown Detroit – Campus Martius Park.

As an aside, this week not only marks the third anniversary of the Live Downtown incentive program, it is also Detroit’s 313th birthday and the 10th anniversary of Campus Martius Park. Adding the Live Downtown games adds the excitement and opportunity to just have fun.

Here’s a video from the Live Downtown Facebook page.

Over the course of four days, during lunch and after work, employees from each Live Downtown company will compete in a series of Olympic-style activities in various Downtown Detroit locations. Philanthropy will be there right beside the sports activities. On Tuesday, July 22 the companies will combine efforts to build emergency preparedness kits for the Red Cross.

The entire competition is based on a point system with the winner crowned at the closing ceremonies on Thursday, July 24.  Highlights of the Games include:

  • The obstacle course team competition immediately following opening ceremonies, which begins the week of competition
  • Field day on DTE Energy’s campus lawn
  • A Detroit-themed scavenger hunt
  • A residential tour of 10+ properties in Downtown Detroit that includes building tours, model units, and leasing specials
  • Community philanthropic event benefitting the Red Cross

obstacle course 2Ok it’s not all about the competition. Employees from all six companies will also have an opportunity to interact on Thursday, July 24 at a mixer event at Campus Martius. All participants are invited to kick off Detroit’s 3-1-3 Birthday Bash that evening on The Beach at Campus Martius Park beginning at 5:30 p.m. with a DJ set by Dwele.

Here’s the schedule of events.

Monday, July 21

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Opening Ceremonies, Campus Martius Park

11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Obstacle Course Team Competition, Campus Martius Park

5:30 – 8 p.m.   Competitive Volleyball Tournament, Compuware Gym, One Campus Martius

6 – 10 p.m.   Table Tennis Tournament, Drive Table Tennis Social Club, 645 Griswold St., Ste. 144 

Tuesday, July 22

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Philanthropy Day – Assembling Red Cross preparedness kits, Compuware Atrium, One Campus Martius

5:30 – 8 p.m.   Competitive Volleyball Tournament, Compuware Gym, One Campus Martius

6 – 10 p.m.  Table Tennis Tournament, Drive Table Tennis Social Club, 645 Griswold St., Ste. 144

Wednesday, July 23

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Field Day, DTE Energy Campus Lawn, One Energy Plaza

5 – 8 p.m.  Downtown Detroit Property Open House, Fountain Bistro in Campus Martius Park

5:30 – 7 p.m.  Scavenger Hunt, Compuware, One Campus Martius

5:30 – 8 p.m.  Competitive Volleyball Tournament, Compuware Gym, One Campus Martius

6 – 10 p.m.   Table Tennis Tournament, Drive Table Tennis Social Club, 645 Griswold St., Ste. 144

Thursday, July 24

10:30 a.m.  Competitive Volleyball Championship, Compuware Gym, One Campus Martius

10:30 a.m.  Table Tennis Championship, Compuware Atrium, One Campus Martius

Noon – 2 p.m.  Closing Ceremonies and Cross-Company Mixer, Campus Martius

Daily updates will be posted at  You can also follow the games on Twitter at @LiveDETGames with the official hashtag, #LDG14. Throughout the week, photos will be posted daily to

For more information on the Live Downtown program, visit


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