Penske For Mayor

NASCAR Team Owner and Super Bowl XL Chairman, Roger Penske has what it takes to stay focused on a Detroit revival. The Free Press’ John Gallagher wrote an article yesterday on Penske’s speech for the Detroit Economic Club. His focus was clear, determination to continue the momentum that the Super Bowl created here in Detroit.

“Our city will prosper when our business owners and property owners get involved,” Penske told his audience of several hundred at the Detroit Marriott. “They need to pay their taxes on time. They need to improve their buildings. It’s unacceptable to me to have buildings on Woodward Avenue boarded up. We must repair, we must renovate or we must demolish.”

The article is really worth reading for the many quotes from Penske’s speech. I especially enjoyed how the speech was ended.

Then, in the trademark Penske style of thanking even the lowest-profile team members, he said to growing applause, “I’d also like to recognize the snow shovelers, the law enforcement agencies, the bartenders, the bus drivers, the baggage handlers, the bouncers, cab drivers, ushers, security guards, emergency personnel, the United Way and the 8,000 host committee” volunteers.

2 Comments so far

  1. baliad (unregistered) on February 10th, 2006 @ 6:40 am

    just read that article… however, i think it would be better if he didn’t run for mayor… as was his practice, he stayed away from the normal political divisions… i think this was one of his better quotes from the article:

    “It’s important to establish a project management team that can focus dollars on the issues at hand. Make the team, not government, directly accountable for the work plan and the schedule. The private sector must step up and take a leadership role.”

    let ’em keep doing what he’s doing for now… it’s working just fine the way it is…

  2. baliad (unregistered) on February 10th, 2006 @ 10:21 am

    i totally love that article… notice how Penske never pointed a finger at anyone… now was that so hard???

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