Detroit Firms Approved For Event Center Contracts


Detroit-based businesses are expected to earn $28.9 million from subcontracts approved by the Downtown Development Authority of the City of Detroit for work on the new Events Center project.The subcontracts were awarded to:

  • Kone, Inc., for elevators/escalators ($7,937,795)
  • Tooles Contracting Group, LLC, for concrete foundation casting ($28,003,300)

Kone Inc. will subcontract 11% of its work to Lardner Elevator Company in Detroit. Tooles Contracting is based in Detroit and will self-perform 47% of the work. It will also subcontract 15% to three other Detroit-based businesses, with 62% total of the concrete work staying in the city.

Both companies have agreed to comply with the Business & Workforce Participation Plan for the project, which facilitates training and hiring Detroit residents.

Under the terms of the Concession Management Agreement (CMA) between the DDA and Olympia Development of Michigan (ODM), the DDA has the right to approve the subcontracts between the ODM general contractor Barton Mallow-Hunt Joint Venture in association with White Construction Co. and subcontractors in amounts over $500,000.

Tim Miles
Director of Project Management

D2D Buyer Ready Business: Ginge Aide – Ginger Quinn, Founder and Owner


Ginge Aide is a Detroit company that sells all natural hand cream, foot cream, and body cream. Customer testimonials include claims of soothing everything from eczema to diabetic neuropathy. We talked to Ginger Quinn, who founded the company in 2011.

What inspired you to found Ginge Aide?
As a professional cosmetologist with eczema, my hands became cracked and distressed from the use of chemicals in my daily work. I decided to do something about it and researched ingredients and began my experiment. I landed on a formula and created a hand cream, and after ten days of treatment my skin was smooth and clear.

Shea butter is the base of the hand cream and foot cream, paired with avocado and grape seed oil. The hand cream also contains ginger and geranium, and the foot cream also has peppermint and marjoram components. The body cream has a coconut base with lemon grass in it.

Where are your products sold?
We sell our products directly through our website ( and at the Eastern Market. It’s our third year there. You can find my husband, Tim selling our products there on Saturdays. Our products also can be purchased through five local distributors: Exodus Nail and Hair Salon, St. Clair Shores (the salon where I work); TEASE Salon, Clawson; Urban Attic Artful Gifts, St. Clair Shores; Tootie and Tallulah’s, Berkley; Skyetique Boutique & Beauty Bar, Grosse Pointe Park; and JJ’s Hair in Ohio and Indiana.

How do you want your company to impact Detroit in the long term?
I want to keep growing my business here in the city. Currently my family and I make Ginge Aide products out of our home; my brother designed the logo and my husband helps sell our products. I’m on the path to begin mass distribution and my goal is to stay in Detroit while that happens.

Additionally, I want to continue to support and become more involved with local causes in Detroit. We donate 10 percent of our profits from Ginge Aide to multiple nonprofits throughout the city.

Long term, I’d love to approach like-minded retailers in Detroit such as Whole Foods and perhaps local boutiques and hotels to sell our products.

What companies have you collaborated with in Detroit as customers or suppliers?
Eastern Market Corporation has been such an amazing partner and resource by providing a place for us to sell our product.

I’m looking forward to continuing to partner with other Detroit resources as Ginge Aide continues to expand through the help of Eastern Market Corporation and DEGC.

 Brian Watkins
D2D Program Manager

Detroit Future City to Become Independent Non-profit


Detroit Future City (DFC) will launch its next phase by making the transition to an independent non-profit organization governed by a board of directors. A new transition management committee made up of members of the Detroit Future City Implementation Office Steering Committee and headed by Dr. George W. Swan III will oversee the process over the next four to six months.

Since its inception, DFC has operated as a sponsored project of Detroit Economic Growth Association (DEGA), an affiliate of Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC). Rod Miller, president and CEO of DEGC said, “The work of Detroit Future City is very important to the long-term economic success of the city, and we are proud of DEGC’s part in supporting the original research and incubating the implementation office as it has launched innovative pilot projects. We expect to continue to work closely with DFC as one of our key partners in redeveloping Detroit.”

DFC’s independence brings multiple benefits, including a broader base of constituents, closer ties to the community, and its own board of directors specifically charged with governing, guiding, and supporting DFC. This board will help shape the future direction and decision-making of DFC to ensure its most meaningful positive impact on the city’s revitalization.

As part of the transition, Ken Cockrel, Jr. left his position as executive director, and the organization will conduct a national search to fill this critical leadership role.

“Ken did an excellent job of guiding the DFC team as it advanced the recommendations of the strategic framework. He moved this project from a comprehensive report into an office of energetic people eager to implement the pilot projects,” said Swan.

During the transition, the transition management committee will conduct a search for a permanent executive director, recruit directors for a new board, and decide on the appropriate non-profit classification for the organization. Dan Kinkead, currently the innovation director, will serve as the acting director of DFC during the search for a new executive director. DFC’s current and new projects will continue during the transition.

Tiffini D. Smith
Director of Communications

Search Underway for New EVP, Real Estate & Finance


DEGC is conducting a national search for an executive vice president to head its Real Estate & Finance Department and lead commercial, industrial and retail development efforts in the city of Detroit, the most exciting urban recovery in the country. The full job description can be found at: . The position will close July 31, 2015.

Brian Holdwick, the long-time executive vice president, is leaving later this year after an orderly transition to form his own private development consulting firm, Holdwick Development Group.

“Brian was part of the DEGC team that negotiated the largest deals in Detroit, including the planned events center and hockey arena, Comerica Park, Ford Field, and the Westin Book Cadillac, as well as many housing projects throughout the city,” said Rodrick Miller, president and CEO, DEGC. “We wish him well with his new company, and we’re looking forward to continuing to work with him from the other side of the table on development projects in Detroit.”

The new executive vice president will work closely with DEGC managers of other departments and programs, the city of Detroit, and existing business partners and will represent DEGC with a broad group of stakeholders to get deals done.

DEGC recently added David Howell to its Real Estate & Finance team as director, real estate & financial services. Howell has more than 14 years’ experience in the acquisition, disposition, operation, development and redevelopment of residential and commercial real estate. Prior to joining DEGC, Howell was managing director of Legacy Advisors, LLC, a Detroit-based real estate advisory and consulting firm.

Tiffini Smith
Director of Communications

Accelerating Recovery in Detroit


The pace of investment in Detroit is accelerating, and the public and private investments are generating new jobs and saving existing ones for Detroiters. Read about new and growing businesses; riverfront, downtown and neighborhood housing; and booming small business support in “2014: Accelerating Recovery A Progress Report of Detroit Economic Growth Corporation.” Copies are available at our offices, 500 Griswold, Detroit.

Tiffini Smith
Director of Corporate Communications