Spotlight on two DEGC staff

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Art Papapanos, vice president, Board Administration, and Brian Watkins, Business Development Manager, are in the spotlight this month.

Art recently received the Council of Development Financial Agencies (CDFA) Excellence Award for his role in the approval of 215 brownfield redevelopment plans for an anticipated investment in the city of Detroit in excess of $6.4 billion, creating approximately 19,500 jobs.

The CDFA is a national association dedicated to the advancement of development finance concerns and interests. It is comprised of the nation’s leading and most knowledgeable members of the development finance community, representing public, private and nonprofit entities.

“Each year CDFA is proud to honor excellence in development finance. The work of our award winners is cutting edge, innovative and an example of best practices in our industry,” said Toby Rittner, CDFA president and CEO.

Brian was recently selected to participate in Leadership Detroit XXXVI. Led by the Detroit Regional Chamber, it is designed to create awareness of key issues that affect the Detroit region and to challenge emerging and existing community leaders to bring about positive change in the community through informed leadership.

Leadership Detroit participants represent a cross-section of the community including business, organized labor, government, education, media, civic groups, health services and community organizations. There are more than 1,800 alumni of Leadership Detroit classes.

Congratulations Art and Brian!

Tiffini D. Smith

Director of Communications

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