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Derek has worked hard to make Jackson a better place to live, work and play. Here are a few ways he's taken leadership in making our community a better place.
Oct 1
Oct 1

Jackson Skilled Trades, Construction Workers Endorse Dobies for Mayor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Dobies for Mayor October 18, 2017 Jackson Skilled Trades, Construction Workers Endorse Dobies for Mayor Support Dobies’ plan for skilled trades job training, road repairs JACKSON – Today Derek Dobies received endorsements in his campaign for Mayor from labor organizations representing Jackson skilled trades and construction workers. The Southeast Michigan […]

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Oct 2
Oct 2

Dobies, Joly to Receive Change Maker Award for Expanding Jackson’s Non-Discrimination Ordinance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Dobies for Mayor October 17, 2017 Dobies, Joly to Receive Change Maker Award for Expanding Jackson’s Non-Discrimination Ordinance JACKSON – Jackson Mayoral candidate Derek Dobies and Nikki Joly with Jackson Together will be honored at DTE Headquarters in Detroit this Friday for their work to expand Jackson’s non-discrimination ordinance. Dobies […]

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Oct 0
Oct 0

Derek Dobies, Arlene Robinson to Host Listening Session With Jackson Voters

* * * MEDIA ADVISORY FOR OCTOBER 12, 2017 * * *   Derek Dobies, Arlene Robinson to Host Listening Session With Jackson Voters   JACKSON – Jackson Mayoral candidate Derek Dobies and 1st Ward City Council member Arlene Robinson will host a listening session with Jackson voters on Thursday evening at the Martin Luther […]

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Oct 0
Oct 0

Jackson Firefighters, Police Officers Endorse Dobies for Mayor

Jackson Firefighters, Police Officers Endorse Dobies for Mayor JACKSON – Today the Jackson Firefighters union (IAFF Local 1306) and the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 70 – the two organizations that represent city firefighters and sworn and retired police officers – endorsed Derek Dobies for Mayor of Jackson over incumbent Mayor Bill Jors. As Jackson’s […]

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Aug 0
Aug 0

PRESS RELEASE: Dobies Outlines Priorities for Jackson Business Development, Job Growth

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Dobies for Mayor August 15, 2017 Contact: Derek Dobies, (517) 618-1452 Dobies Outlines Priorities for Jackson Business Development, Job Growth JACKSON – Today Jackson Vice Mayor Derek Dobies outlined his agenda for attracting new jobs and business development to the City of Jackson. Dobies’ plan focuses on five main components that […]

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Jul 0
Jul 0

PRESS RELEASE: Fix Jackson Roads

Dobies Outlines Priorities to Fix Jackson Roads, Announces Town Hall to Solicit Community Input Residents can submit ideas, sign petition at FixJacksonRoads.org JACKSON – Today Jackson Vice Mayor Derek Dobies outlined his priorities for fixing Jackson roads, while launching a new website and announcing a town hall meeting to solicit ideas and feedback from Jackson […]

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Mar 0
Mar 0

Guest Column: Protection of environment, public health

The Flint water crisis brings to light major political and bureaucratic failures and underscores what happens when we fail to make adequate investments in our crumbling infrastructure. Others ask if this tragedy could happen in their community; if their water is safe to drink. We have heard these concerns in Jackson. Fortunately, the city council […]

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Mar 0
Mar 0

Retooling economic development

Last year, I helped spearhead an effort with the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce to apply for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s startup in a day competition. Jackson was named one of 25 U.S. cities to win a $50,000 grant to develop solutions that let entrepreneurs discover and apply for local, state and federal requirements needed […]

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Jan 0
Jan 0

Fighting for historic preservation

Michigan’s historic places drive economic development, attract businesses, draw tourists and new residents, create a sense of place, and enhance our quality of life. Keeping these historic places is so important that historic preservation has been upheld as a public purpose under the U. S. Constitution—preserving historic resources is a valid governmental goal and local historic district ordinances have […]

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Aug 0
Aug 0

Guest Column: Sprout entrepreneurship, build reputation

By Derek Dobies A look at some of the vacant storefronts downtown highlights that our city still faces some very serious problems. While the city has invested in downtown infrastructure and place-making efforts, it also must recognize the role entrepreneurs can play in reviving our economy, breathing new life into downtown, and filling vacant storefronts […]

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