By Olivia Lewis
APSE Bulletin Staff Writer
This year’s Chicago convention is foremost on the minds of the delegates attending the event this month, but they can keep a close eye on next year’s event because of its geographical location.
Next year the organization returns to the Midwest, as the event drives into the Motor City of Detroit.
The city will be hosting the APSE convention for the first time on June 26-29 at the Marriott at Renaissance Center.
“Let’s just say we are going to call it APSE in the ‘D,’” said Gene Myers, Detroit Free Press sports editor. “We expect everyone to be there and it will be a great time.”
Official planning for the conference won’t begin until incoming APSE President Gerry Ahern, meets with the convention committee in February.
According to outgoing APSE President Michael Anastasi, the Free Press has already agreed to be the major sponsor for the conference. Former APSE president Paul Anger is the editor and publisher of the Detroit Free Press.
“The Detroit Free Press made a pitch to us in February 2011 to host next year’s APSE conference,” Anastasi said, “The Freep has made the financial commitment to be its major sponsor.”
Despite the city’s economic problems, Detroit was an intriguing possibility as a convention site for the organization.
“It still has a lot to offer,” APSE Executive Director Jack Berninger said.