Projects

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.
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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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Promoting literacy in our city

A few years back, I had the opportunity to volunteer with Jackson Community Action Agency’s Adult Literacy Program. It’s was there that I began to see some realities of our community: about 17% of our city does not have a high school diploma, only 14% have obtained a bachelors degree or higher, and about 38% […]

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Improving citizen engagement

Two years ago, I spearheaded a partnership between the University of Michigan School of Information and the City of Jackson to work to improve citizen engagement through new information technologies. Dubbed “Citizen Interaction Design” (CID), the 3-year partnership involves university staff and students working with government officials to design information-based solutions to community issues. The partnership, […]

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Working to support entrepreneurs

The White House and the U.S. Small Business Administration recently hosted a competition that awards prizes to support the development, implementation, and improvement of online tools that will let entrepreneurs learn about the business startup process in their area, including how to register and apply for all required local licenses and permits, in one day […]

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Jackson Snow Squad

In January 2014, Jackson received  a record 14 to 17 inches of snow in a 24-hour period, followed by temperatures that reached -43 degrees with the wind chill. It was so much snow over such a long duration that the City declared a snow emergency. Many disabled and elderly persons were trapped in their homes. That’s when […]

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