Pierre Batton is Vice President, Small Business Services, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, leading the City of Detroit’s small business development. In this capacity, Batton oversees growing the City’s commercial corridors through a variety of initiatives that support local entrepreneurs. His team is responsible for attracting, retaining and expanding neighborhood business through a variety of resources including funding, site selection, development and navigating city processes.
Batton joined DEGC in 2018 to lead the Motor City Re-Store program and was quickly promoted to senior program manager, assuming responsibility for the Motor City Match program. Prior to joining the DEGC team, Batton oversaw the Neighborhood Opportunity Fund for the City of Detroit. He has worked for the microfinance organization ProsperUs Detroit and the State of Michigan. At the state, Batton was responsible for the mobile office initiative under former Secretary of State Ruth Johnson. Batton has an impressive and extensive educational background, including a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Michigan with a specialization in social finance. Pierre resides in Detroit with his wife.