George Jackson, long-time economic czar for Detroit, resigning

george jacksonThe long-time economic development czar of Detroit is on his way out.

The controversial George Jackson, who has called for gentrification and blocked efforts to preserve the Tiger Stadium site, announced he’s resigning from the Detroit Economic Development Growth Corp.
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on March 31.

He will start his own consulting firm.

“George Jackson is an exceptional leader, and we will miss him tremendously at DEGC,” Rod Gillum, chairman of the board of the DECG, said. “With Jackson at the helm, DEGC has had a remarkable track record of success — even through incredibly challenging times. I have no doubt he will continue his success, and the city of Detroit will see the benefits of that as well.”

Jackson served as president and CEO of the DEGC since 2002.

Mayor Duggan’s administration is expected to take over some of the responsibilities.

Last year, we revealed controversial statements that Jackson made about gentrification.

“When I look at this city’s tax base, I say bring on more gentrification,” Jackson told the audience. “I’m sorry, but, I mean, bring it on. We can’t just be a poor city and prosper.”

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

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