Issues in Diversity and Social Change Lecture Series
Michigan and the Road to a Jobs Economy: Which Way Forward?
George W. Jackson , Jr. - Panelist
President & CEO - Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, Chief Development Officer – City of Detroit
George W. Jackson, Jr. became interim President & CEO of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC) in February, 2002, and was elected to the position on a permanent basis in April 2002. The DEGC is a private, nonprofit corporation devoted exclusively to supporting Detroit’s economic development projects and initiatives by providing technical, financial and development assistance to the City and the business community. The DEGC also serves as the professional and administrative staff for the Downtown Development Authority (DDA), the Economic Development Corporation of the City of Detroit (EDC), Tax Increment Finance Authority, and Detroit Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (DBRA). The DEGC is the lead organization for implementation of permanent revitalization improvements (the Lower Woodward Improvement Program) for Superbowl XL, held in Detroit on February 5, 2006.
Mr. Jackson also assumed the responsibilities of Chief Development Officer for the City of Detroit from 2006 to 2010. This position includes the responsibility of overall coordination of City economic development activity, as well as supervision of the Detroit Planning and Development Department, the Detroit Building Authority, and the Civic Center Department.
Mr. Jackson is also the past Chairman and serves as a Board member of the NextEnergy Corporation, a corporation committed to making Michigan a world leader in alternative energy by advancing the use of alternative energy through groundbreaking research, design, manufacturing, education, commercialization and the marketing of alternative technologies.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Jackson was Director of Customer Marketing for DTE Energy, where he worked for 27 years. Areas reporting to the Director of Customer Marketing include Economic Development, Strategic Marketing Processes, Product Development, Program Management, Customer Research and Information and Ethnic Marketing. Under Mr. Jackson’s leadership the DTE Energy Economic Development Department gained national recognition and was a recipient of the Site Selection Magazine Utility Economic Development Award. Mr. Jackson has also played an influential role in City of Detroit, Southeastern Michigan and State of Michigan economic development programs, projects, initiatives and organizations.
Additional experience includes Personnel and Human Resources with the United States Navy, Adjunct faculty at Lawrence Technological University School of Management, and professional level positions at Detroit Edison in the Human Resources, Organizational Planning and Development and Power Generation organizations.
George W. Jackson, Jr. is a native Detroiter, and a graduate of Detroit Cooley High School, Oakland University (B.S. Human Resource Development) and Central Michigan University (M.A. Management – Business Management).
Current and past organizational affiliations include:
- Executive Board of Directors – Michigan Economic Development Corporation
- Board of Directors – NextEnergy Corporation
- Board of Directors – Michigan Strategic Fund
- Board of Trustees – Oakwood Healthcare System
- Board of Directors – State of Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Authority
- Chairman of the Board of Directors - Eastern Market Corporation
- Board of Directors - Downtown Detroit Partnership
- Executive Board - Greater Wayne County Economic Development Corporation Detroit
- Regional Chamber Economic Development Partnership
- Board of Directors American Arab Chamber of Commerce of Michigan
- Chairman of the Board of Governors – Renaissance Club CoreNet Global, Incorporated
- American Economic Development Association
- Michigan Economic Development Association
- National Council for Urban Economic Development
- Past Member Automation Alley Executive Board
- Past Chairman – Michigan Utility Economic Development Consortium
- Past Vice Chairman and Board of Directors – Detroit Empowerment Zone
Select Awards and Recognition:
- Crain’s 2006 Newsmaker of the Year
- Michigan Economic Development Association, 2006 Member of the Year
- Oakland University Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award 2006
- Automation Alley 2007 CEO of the Year
- Association of Blacks in Energy, 2003 Lewis Latimer Award