DEGC, CEO George Jackson Accept Revitalization Award from Friends School

Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC) and its President and CEO George W. Jackson, Jr., recently accepted a Revitalization of the City Award from Friends School in Detroit. The award spotlights individuals and organizations improving the quality of life for Detroit residents through community engagement and economic development. The DEGC was recognized for its ongoing development contributions, including the Detroit River Walk, the Jefferson Avenue Retail Readiness Program, and franchise opportunities for women and minorities.

"I am honored to represent the hard-working professionals at Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, who are bringing new investments and new jobs to Detroit," Jackson said. "Our expertise started with a solid education, and we recognize the values and opportunities that Friends School offers its students and their parents."

The Revitalization of the City Awards are presented by Friends School in Detroit annually at its Wade McCree, Jr. Scholarship Fund dinner. This year's event was held at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.


DEGC serves as the lead implementing agency for business retention, attraction and economic development initiatives in the city of Detroit. DEGC is led by a 60-member board comprised of business, civic, labor and community leaders. Its 35 professionals provide staff services for key public authorities that offer tax credits and other forms of financing for projects that bring new jobs or economic activity to the city. Among them: the Downtown Development Authority (DDA), Detroit Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (DBRA), Economic Development Corporation (EDC), Neighborhood Development Corporation (NDC), Local Development Finance Authority (LDFA), and Tax Increment Finance Authority (TIFA). The DEGC also provides planning, project management and other services under contract to the City of Detroit.

Friends School in Detroit has been committed to the children of Detroit for over forty years. Since 1965 the school has offered all children in the city, regardless of race or economic status, a rigorous education grounded in the values of respect, equality, responsibility, and non-violence. Students from Friends School typically go on to attend quality secondary schools such as Cass Technical High School, Detroit Country Day School, Cranbrook, and the University of Detroit Jesuit High School. Friends School in Detroit is investing in the future of our great city by educating children in academics as well as in responsibility to social justice.

Tiffini D. Smith is the DEGC's Director of Corporate Communications. For more information about the DEGC send an e-mail to

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