March 18, 2015

District Detroit Announces Neighborhood Career Events to Connect Detroiters with Job Opportunities in New Sports and Entertainment District

Olympia Development Hosting Six Career Fairs for Detroiters in the Next 60 Days


DETROIT, March 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ Olympia Development of Michigan is inviting Detroiters seeking career opportunities at the new Detroit Events Center to a series of District Detroit job fairs being held at neighborhood locations throughout Detroit. Representatives from The District Detroit will be at Wayne County Community College Eastern District Eastern Campus at 5901 Conner on Detroit's east side onWednesday, March 18. The job fair runs from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The neighborhood meetings offer city residents the opportunity to meet with skilled trade associations; register with Detroit Employment Solutions for construction jobs; learn about training and financial aid programs available; get assistance with GED preparation and testing; and connect with community resources that can offer help with childcare, legal assistance and more.

Olympia Development of Michigan will also conduct onsite interviews for parking attendant positions needed for the Detroit Tigers 2015 season. Additionally, Barton Malow Hunt & White, the General Contractor for the new Detroit Events Center, will be accepting applications for construction jobs that will come online in the next several months.

"We are committed to ensuring that Detroiters benefit from this transformational initiative," said Christopher Ilitch, President and CEO of Ilitch Holdings, Inc. "With at least $100 million in job-related income expected for Detroiters through construction of the Detroit Events Center alone, these job fairs are another important step in bringing opportunity to our community as this development comes to life."

This job fair is one of six sessions to be held in neighborhoods throughout the city through May. 

An initial event was held last month at Second Ebeneezer Church. Sessions are:

  • Wednesday, March 18: Wayne County Community College–Eastern District, 5901 Conner
  • Thursday, March 26: Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E. Warren
  • Wednesday, April 1: Greater Grace Temple, 23500 W. 7 Mile
  • Thursday, April 16: Don Bosco Hall, 19321 W. Chicago
  • Wednesday, May 6: Patton Recreation Center, 2301 Woodmere
  • Thursday, May 14: Northwest Activity Center, 18100 Meyers

All sessions will run from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

One District, Many Opportunities 

The District Detroit is committed to the aggressive goals of 51% Detroit resident participation and 30% Detroit business participation to help build the new Detroit Events Center. Detroit Employment Solutions, the city of Detroit's workforce development agency, is partnering with The District Detroit to help fill these jobs with Detroit residents, as well as with many community resource providers to help ensure that Detroiters have the resources and support needed to succeed. 

For more information on The District Detroit and job opportunities and training for city residents, go to

Similar outreach is being conducted for Detroit-based and headquartered contractors and suppliers, as well as contractors across the state, to learn about supply, joint venture and construction opportunities available as part of the construction of the new District.

Construction for The District Detroit will begin this spring. The arena and initial mixed-use development including office and retail are scheduled to open in 2017. Construction of the arena and surrounding District is expected to generate at least $1.8B in total economic impact, 8,300 construction and construction-related jobs. 1,100 permanent jobs will be created once the arena is built.

About Olympia Development of Michigan 

Olympia Development of Michigan is a Detroit-based full-service real estate company owned by Detroit entrepreneurs Michael and Marian Ilitch. The company is responsible for developing and investing in some of Detroit'smost recognized and visited venues, including the nationally acclaimed Comerica Park. Other Ilitch companies in the food, sports and entertainment industries include: Little Caesars Pizza, Blue Line Foodservice Distribution, the Detroit Red Wings, Olympia Entertainment, Little Caesars Pizza Kits Fundraising Program, Champion Foods, Ilitch Holdings and Uptown Entertainment. Michael Ilitch owns the Detroit Tigers. Marian Ilitch owns the MotorCity Casino Hotel.