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Detroit Future City opens search for new director

Detroit Future City has launched its search for a new executive director, part of its transition to an independent, non-profit organization.

The search is being led by The Hawkins Company.

“The recruitment profile for the new executive director was developed with feedback and input from a diverse cross-section of stakeholders,” said Dr. George Swan, TMC chair.

“We are making every effort to ensure the new director reflects the needs of Detroit today and in the future, and has the expertise and experience to lead a team and collaborate with DFC’s diverse audiences to effectively steward the critical recommendations in the DFC Strategic Framework.”

The Detroit Future City plan is a framework to guide city revitalization. It’s a 345-page book completed in 2012 seen as the core of a city master plan.

Detroit Future City opens search for new director
Jennifer Chambers. July 30, 2015. The Detroit News

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DFC Executive Director Recruitment Profile

The DFC Implementation Office launched its search for a new executive director, a major step in its process of transitioning to an independent, non-profit organization. The executive director search is being led by The Hawkins Company, hired by DFC’s transition management committee (TMC).

To apply for DFC’s executive director position, a resume and letter of interest should be submitted electronically to ED.DFC@thehawkinscompany.com. First consideration will be given to applications received by September 10, 2015.

Download the recruitment profile here.

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DFC Begins Search for New Executive Director as part of Transition to an Independent Non-profit Organization

Detroit Future City (DFC) announced, today, the launch of its search for a new executive director, a major step in its process of transitioning to an independent, non-profit organization. The executive director search is being led by The Hawkins Company, hired by DFC’s transition management committee (TMC).

To apply for DFC’s executive director position, a resume and letter of interest should be submitted electronically to ed.dfc@thehawkinscompany.com. First consideration will be given to applications received by September 10, 2015.  More information about the position, including a recruitment profile, is available at www.detroitfuturecity.com/news.

“The recruitment profile for the new executive director was developed with feedback and input from a diverse cross-section of stakeholders,” said Dr. George Swan, TMC chair. “We are making every effort to ensure the new director reflects the needs of Detroit today and in the future, and has the expertise and experience to lead a team and collaborate with DFC’s diverse audiences to effectively steward the critical recommendations in the DFC Strategic Framework.”

The TMC was formed in June 2015, when DFC announced it would go through a transition to become an independent nonprofit organization.  In addition to Swan, the committee includes Deb Dansby, Rock Ventures; Jed Howbert, Mayor Duggan’s Office of Jobs and Economic Development; Rod Miller, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation; James Ribbron, a Detroit citizen; Alice Thompson, Black Family Development Inc.; and, Laura Trudeau, The Kresge Foundation.

The TMC plans to have a candidate selected by early fall and to fully transition to a nonprofit organization by 2016.

DFC’s independence brings multiple benefits, including a broader base of constituents, closer ties to the community, and its own board of directors specifically charged with governing, guiding and supporting the organization. Once formed, the board will help shape the future direction and decision-making of DFC to ensure its most meaningful positive impact on the city’s revitalization.

Dan Kinkead, DFC’s director of projects, is serving as acting executive director of DFC during the search for a new executive director. DFC’s current and new projects will continue during the transition.

Inquiries about the Executive Director recruitment should be directed to Ms. Brett Byers of The Hawkins Company. Ms. Byers can be reached at 323-403-8279 brett@thehawkinscompany.com.

Download the recruitment profile here.

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Plans progress for 26-mile bike path around Detroit

Plans for a 26-mile pedestrian and bike pathway encircling the city of Detroit are moving at a fast clip this summer, with schematic designs underway and a highly-competitive federal grant request for $10.4 million awaiting approval.

There’s just one snag: 8.3 miles of abandoned railroad property, the largest gap in the trail to date, remains unsecured by the Detroit Greenways Coalition and is needed to close the circle.

Negotiations continue with Conrail, owner of the rail property that was part of the old Detroit Terminal Railroad, yet no agreement has been reached after nearly a year of talks.

The hiccup has officials concerned but it isn’t stopping development of the Inner Circle Greenway, which uses about 10.8 miles of Detroit’s better-known biking and walking paths — Dequindre Cut, Detroit RiverWalk and Southwest Detroit Greenways — to link to another 15.2 miles of new pathway.

Once completed, the loop will span from the riverfront downtown to north of the Davison Freeway and link neighborhoods through Detroit, Hamtramck, Highland Park and Dearborn, connecting 170 miles of existing bike lanes and shared-used paths. It will take $25 million to complete construction.

Plans progress for 26-mile bike path around Detroit
Jennifer Chambers. July 25, 2015, The Detroit News