Plante Moran, one of the nation's largest certified public accounting and business advisory firms, announced Thursday it is opening an office in Detroit in the Compuware building.
"We are very pleased to be joining other businesses who have committed to the city of Detroit," said Gordon Krater, Plante Moran's managing partner. "There is an excitement and vitality about the city. Good things are happening, and we are proud to be a part of it. Plante Moran staff is spending more time downtown working with public and private sector organizations.
"Coupled with our nearly 10 percent growth in staff in southeast Michigan in the last 15 months and our need for more office space, it just makes sense to open our next office in downtown Detroit. It will also help us better attract professionals who want to be part of the urban work environment as we continue to expand our team."
Detroit Mayor Dave Bing said: "This is great news for the city of Detroit. We welcome Plante Moran to its new downtown offices. This is another example of the business community's commitment to transforming our city."
The new office will house approximately 75 staff. It will occupy 15,000 square feet on the third floor of the Compuware building. The Detroit office will be the firm's seventh office in southeast Michigan.
Plante Moran's other area offices are located in Ann Arbor, Auburn Hills, Flint, Macomb and two in Southfield. The official move-in date is scheduled for the fall.
Krater mentioned a number of businesses and individuals who have led the way in Detroit's revitalization, including Dan Gilbert and Rock Ventures, Peter Karmanos Jr. and Compuware, the Ilitch and Ford families, Strategic Staffing Solutions, General Motors Co., Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Urban Science and DTE Energy.
"Plante Moran becomes the next important and credible company in the drumbeat of top-notch firms, retailers and entrepreneurs who are finding opportunity in downtown Detroit. When a leader like Plante Moran makes this kind of move, the confidence level of the business community is strengthened even further," said Dan Gilbert, founder and chairman of Rock Ventures and Quicken Loans.