Detroit's bankruptcy is going to mess up a lot of stuff in the coming months – if not years. One thing that shouldn't be affected, though, is the North American International Auto Show, held at downtown Detroit's Cobo Center.
Currently in the midst of a much-needed $299-million renovation, Cobo's operation was taken over by the Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority in 2009, essentially protecting the convention center, and by extension, the auto show, from the city's ills.
Speaking to Automotive News, executive director of the Detroit Auto Dealers Association, Rod Alberts, said he isn't worried about the effect of Detroit's bankruptcy on the show's most visible municipal presence - security. City officials are committed to providing the same degree of activity as in previous years. In addition to the regular police presence, the auto show will hire its own security forces for this year's show rather than contracting out. Not all the pressure is on the show and the DPD, though, as Alberts pointed out to AN, "'I know we can lean on other agencies to help us out if we need to.'"
Held annually at Cobo since 1965, the North American International Auto Show is one of the premiere events on the global auto show calendar. Held every January, it has been a regular source of