A profound phrase from Detroit native Eminem during the Chrysler ad in the 3rd quarter of the Super Bowl. It had the country talking and why not? As the voice over so poignantly noted, Detroit is “a town that’s been to hell and back.” I’m sure many outside the City were sure we’d been to hell and had no idea that we were staging any kind of comeback. But Detroit has historically been a city of innovators, tinkerers and entrepreneurs. When it’s denizens walk through fire they come through stronger than before, with new ideas and renewed hope. The same talent that put the world on wheels has found new industries to foster. On a quiet block in TechTown, nestled between the Detroit Institute of Arts, Wayne State University and Henry Ford Health Systems, Nextek Power Systems is developing energy products that will turn the old “Edison vs. Westinghouse” argument on its ear. We are a part of a new world economy that knows that electric hybrid vehicles, renewable energy and power efficiency are the future and Detroit will rise out of the ashes and show the world that “imported from Detroit” isn’t just about automobiles.
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