We are pleased to welcome Rodrick T. Miller to DEGC and Detroit — as our newly selected president and CEO. Rod Gillum, Chairman of the Board of Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC), announced the Board action Friday. Miller is the founding President and CEO of New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA), a public-private partnership organization that creates an enabling environment for business, grows jobs, and grows investment in New Orleans.
Before he launched NOLABA in 2011 Miller led successful economic development initiatives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Phoenix and Glendale, Arizona. He also has experience in private industry as a consultant to governments involved in large-scale infrastructure projects.
“Rodrick Miller has an outstanding record in leading new initiatives to attract business, jobs and investment to the cities where he has worked. He has also overseen infrastructure improvements that retain existing businesses and drive further development” said Gillum. “DEGC has earned a reputation for innovation in economic development and project management, and we are confident that Miller’s experience and expertise will build on the positive momentum in Detroit and the region and accelerate that progress going forward.”
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said, “Rod Miller is very impressive and very well qualified. I’m extremely pleased that he has accepted the leadership position at DEGC and I know he’ll do a great job helping to bring new businesses and jobs to Detroit.”
Miller said, “Detroit has iconic status among cities around the world, based on its long history as a center for business and culture. It offers a unique value proposition to the businesses that invest here, and my goal is to leverage its assets and work with its people and the City administration to create more jobs and spur more investments that will make an even better Detroit.”
Miller is expected to start at DEGC September 15. He succeeds George W. Jackson, Jr., who has served as President and CEO of DEGC since February 2002. Jackson is leaving DEGC to form a Detroit-based private consulting and development firm. He has been elected by the board as Member Emeritus of DEGC’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee.
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