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

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