About The DEC


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The Detroit Economic Club (DEC) was formed in 1934 as a non-partisan, non-profit organization committed to the discussion and debate of important business, government and social issues. The DEC continues to provide a platform for distinguished international dignitaries and business leaders, who represent the changing global environment. It is known internationally as an important venue for prominent business and government leaders – a forum they can use to explore issues that will help shape the dynamic 21st century economic environment.

The DEC is proud to have hosted every U.S. President since Richard Nixon. Our speakers are CEOs of Fortune 100 companies, U.S. Cabinet members, and other senior state and national government officials. Major announcements are often first delivered at our podium.
Upcoming Meetings

With nearly 3,300 members, the DEC attracts high-profile individuals who engage in the great issues of our day. Membership is open to all who share a passion for business, a thirst for knowledge, and a desire to be on the forefront of the important business and political issues of our times. Our strength is in the diversity of our membership, which spans both genders and all races, religions and points-of-view.
Become a Member Today

The DEC is proud of its past and committed to the future. That is one reason why we offer unparalleled educational opportunities for local university and high school students to engage in discussions with our speakers and members.
More information on the Student Program.