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Detroit Future City Implementation Office Finalizes Leadership Team & Structure with Addition of Exec. Dir., Steering Committee

Seven months later, with 36 impactful pilot projects underway, the Detroit Future City Implementation Office has completed the development of its leadership team by hiring an Executive Director, elevating two existing staffers to Director positions, and introducing an Executive Committee and Steering Committee.

Kenneth V. Cockrel, Jr. has been named Executive Director of the Detroit Future City Implementation Office. The former Detroit City Council President and Mayor will begin his duties on Monday, January 6, 2014.

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Statement About Goldman Sachs

Today's announcement is another indicator of Detroit's resurgence, and the Detroit Future City Implementation Office was pleased to have helped recruit the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses (GS10KSB) program and inform its deployment.

GS10KSB can help to fulfill important implementation strategies and actions within the Detroit Future City Strategic Framework by building on recent gains, and fostering a network of small firms that can be the foundation a healthy, diverse, and resilient agglomeration economy.

The Detroit Future City Implementation Office stands ready to continue coordination with GS10KSB to ensure we maximize its impact.

Dan Kinkead, Director
Detroit Future City

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Detroit Future City Pilot Project Studies Deconstrcution Methods, Removes 10 Abandoned Houses in Springwells Village Neighborhood

Detroit Future City (DFC) in partnership with 10 other organizations has launched a pilot project in Southwest Detroit’s Springwells Village to evaluate the economic and environmental feasibility of using “partial deconstruction” methods to eliminate blighted and dangerous structures in Detroit.

Partial deconstruction is a term that refers to tearing down portions of a structure that contain materials like wood that can be salvaged and used again – it’s a process that occurs before traditional demolition methods commence.

The goal of the pilot project is to test the obstacles, benchmark productivity and establish metrics for how well partial deconstruction methods could work if implemented on abandoned and blighted homes in Detroit. With the assistance of Wayne State University’s Department of Geology the pilot project is testing the implications of lead dispersal associated with partial deconstruction activities.

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Detroit Future City Receives Two Prestigious Awards

The Michigan Chapters of the American Planning Association and the American Society of Landscape Architects have recognized Detroit Future City (DFC) Strategic Framework with important awards.

The awards are as follows:

  • The Daniel Burnham Award for a Comprehensive Plan, Planning Excellence Award was given by the Michigan Association of Planning (MAP/APA Michigan). This honor is awarded to comprehensive plans that advance the science and art of planning. The MAP states, “The award honors America’s most famous planner, Daniel Burnham, for his contributions to the planning profession and to a greater awareness of the benefits of good planning.”
  • The Honor Award for Landscape Planning & Analysis was given by the Michigan Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. This honor is awarded for leading edge Landscape Architectural practices.

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Detroit Future City Moving From Eastern Market Location, Plans for New Office and Organizational Structure Underway

Detroit Future City officials announce they are moving from their Eastern Market Home Base located at 2929 Russell Street by August 1.

Plans are underway for the Detroit Future City Implementation Team to be in a new storefront space by October, but in the meantime, the DFC leadership is continuing to develop a dynamic organizational structure and staff for implementation.

“The Eastern Market location served us well while we were developing the Strategic Framework plan, but we’ve decided it will be best to establish a new location that can accommodate our changing needs for the implementation of the Framework,” said Detroit Future City, director, Dan Kinkead.

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Mackinac Policy Conference Attendees to Get Copy of Detroit Future City

Each attendee of the 2013 Detroit Regional Chamber Mackinac Policy Conference will receive their own copy of the Detroit Future City strategic framework in their welcome bag.

Detroit Future City, the end product of a three-year participatory planning process, provides guidance for stakeholders from multiple sectors to make strategic and coordinated decisions about Economic Growth, Land Use, City Systems, Neighborhoods, and Public Land and Building Assets.

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Top Executives Hired to Lead Program Management Office for Detroit Future City

Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC) President and CEO George W. Jackson, Jr. today announced the hiring of Dan Kinkead as Director, and Heidi Alcock as Senior Program Manager, for the Detroit Future City Program Management Office (PMO).

“As we move this project from planning to implementation the right leadership is critical,” said Jackson. “Dan and Heidi were both strong leaders throughout the planning process, and I am confident that they have the knowledge and the skills to translate the strategic framework into real progress revitalizing Detroit.”

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