482forward 'Dear Dan Gilbert', coalition asks business leaders to improve Michigan public education By Steve Carmody • Feb 6, 2018 steve carmody / Michigan Radio The business leaders who unsuccessfully pitched Detroit to Amazon are now being asked to make a similar commitment to public education. Billionaire Dan Gilbert and top Michigan businessmen made every effort to convince Amazon to put its second headquarters in the Motor City. They failed. Amazon left Detroit off its short list. The web giant cited problems with Michigan’s “talent” pool pipeline, including Kindergarten through 12th grade. But a coalition consisting of students, educators and civic leaders see an opportunity.