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A Message to the Board of Directors

Jun 26, 2018

From Kevin Johnson, DEGC President and CEO

With a 40-year history of bringing investment, jobs and opportunity to Detroit and its residents, the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation is nationally recognized for its unwavering resolve and results. Thanks to your support of my appointment as President and CEO, I commit to continuing DEGC’s legacy as Detroit’s economic driver.

I believe there is no U.S. city more favorably positioned for economic growth than Detroit. You’ve built a framework of public/private partnerships focused on driving a new economy and it’s bearing fruit. Your accomplishments are attracting the attention of companies around the world. I’m committed to raising Detroit’s international profile by leveraging its historic brand, unique values and modern assets.

As I’ve told Board Chair Jerry Norcia and Mayor Mike Duggan, I am fierce in my commitment to Detroit’s continued turnaround. The city is positioned for unbridled opportunity. Our job at the DEGC is to elevate the city, champion its business climate and attract new investment that creates jobs at every level in our focus sectors.

I feel fortunate to join the DEGC now with the momentum that has been created and the architecture that has been built. Neighborhood retail is growing, new industry is entering the city and Detroiters have access to new prosperity.

With your vote, you’ve entrusted me with great responsibility, which I don’t take lightly. I will use the skills I’ve honed throughout my career to bring Detroit the type of investment I helped secure for Atlanta, Phoenix and beyond. Nothing will please me more than announcing the first of many new corporations breaking ground or expanding in the city. Driving a cycle of growth – from neighborhoods to the urban core to industrial parks filled with global manufacturers – is our goal.

In the coming months, my team and I will utilize the full resources of the DEGC to turn our vision into a reality with a renewed urgency. I look forward to meeting each one of you soon and listening to your thoughts for elevating the city’s economy and improving the quality of life for all Detroiters.

Detroit is recreating itself as a place to live, work and play, and has been called by many, “The Comeback City.” Whether it’s called Motown, the Motor City or simply the “D,” I welcome the opportunity to be a part of Detroit’s limitless success. During my interviews, I told the search committee that Detroit is poised for “A New Renaissance” so no matter what we call this city, our focus is very clear, better is before us.

We are ready.

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