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Detroit Revitalization Fellows Join DEGC

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DEGC welcomes two new managers to its business development unit thanks to an innovative fellowship program funded by local foundations and administered by Wayne State University. In all, the Detroit Revitalization Fellowship Program has placed 29 highly qualified mid-career professionals in Detroit organizations to work on special projects.

Marcus Clarke comes to DEGC from San Mateo, California, where he worked for the city as a business liaison. He earned his master's degree in city planning from the University of California at Berkeley after graduating from the University of Washington.

Here he will continue to develop DEGC's business-to-business procurement effort, creating more opportunities for smaller Detroit-based companies to sell to large anchor institutions and companies.

Michael Forsyth is returning to Michigan from Seattle, Washington, where he was working for a private planning firm. He holds a master's degree in urban and regional planning from Michigan State University, where he also studied as an undergraduate.

Forsyth's primary focus will be retail. He will help us grow our citywide retail retention and attraction initiatives, especially supporting neighborhoods outside of downtown. As part of that he will be working with the Green Grocer Project, as well as other city and community development partners focused on commercial corridor revitalization.

Both Fellows have two-year assignments at DEGC, and will participate in an executive education program facilitated by Wayne State. The Detroit Revitalization Fellowship program, funded by The Kresge Foundation, Hudson-Webber Foundation and Skillman Foundation, is another example of how government, private foundations, universities and other nonprofits are working together to attract top talent to Detroit.

Malinda Jensen is director of business development at the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation.

Wayne State University image by Tom Hendrickson
Marcus Clarke and Michael Forsyth photos courtesy of DEGC

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