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The Detroit Economic Growth Corporation appoints Kenyetta Hairston-Bridges as Chief Operating Officer

Apr 6, 2023

April 6, 2023 (DETROIT) – The Detroit Economic Growth Corporation has appointed Kenyetta Hairston-Bridges, Executive Vice President of Economic Development and Investment Services at the DEGC, as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer. In this role, Hairston-Bridges will work closely with DEGC President and CEO Kevin Johnson, and senior leadership, to shape and deliver on the organization’s strategic imperatives.

“We couldn’t be more excited to have Kenyetta as Chief Operating Officer at the DEGC. Her deep experience and proven track record of success make her the perfect choice to help drive our continued growth and success,” said Johnson. “Her energy and enthusiasm for the job will help us cultivate economic opportunities within communities throughout the city.”

As the new COO, Hairston-Bridges will be responsible for overseeing the agency’s operations, including strategic planning, program development and day-to-day management to drive growth and innovation, and position Detroit as an ideal landing spot for companies.

“I am excited to continue working with an organization that is making a real difference in creating economic opportunity for Detroiters,” said Hairston-Bridges. “I look forward to working with our talented and dedicated team members to drive growth and help build a brighter future for all who call Detroit home.”

Hairston-Bridges has served at the DEGC since 2005, holding numerous leadership positions within the economic agency’s Real Estate and Financial Services unit. With over 18 years of experience in economic development, Hairston-Bridges has played an integral role in facilitating major business investments on behalf of the DEGC. Her impressive achievements include spearheading the Stellantis Assembly Plant in Detroit, Ford’s acquisition of Michigan Central Train Station, Detroit Pistons Headquarters and Practice Facility, Flex-n-Gate and redevelopment of the former Cadillac Stamping site for Lear Corporation. She has been named one of Crain’s Detroit Business Notable Women in Real Estate and honored as a Women of Excellence in the Michigan Chronicle.

Prior to joining DEGC, she worked for various financial institutions and the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART).


Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC)

Detroit Economic Growth Corporation is a non-profit organization that serves as Detroit’s lead implementing agency for business retention, attraction and economic development. DEGC is led by a board comprised of business, civic and community leaders. Its staff provides services for key public authorities that facilitate incentives and other forms of financing for projects that bring new jobs and investment to the City. DEGC also manages important initiatives to support small businesses and grow neighborhood commercial corridors. DEGC is dedicated to inclusive development and access to economic opportunity.

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