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February 08, 2018

Cecily King is the new executive director of the Live6 Alliance.Detroit Mercy President Antoine M. Garibaldi, chairman of the Live6 Alliance Board of Directors, announced the selection of Cecily King as its new executive director. King began on Feb. 1, 2018.

In addition, Live6 Alliance also selected Jeremy Lewis as the new commercial corridor manager of the organization.

Live6 Alliance, an economic development organization established to enhance the Livernois-McNichols corridor, was co-founded by Detroit Mercy and the Kresge Foundation in September 2015.   

Prior to her appointment as executive director, King served as development director for the City of Detroit’s Housing & Revitalization Department, where she oversaw more than $200 million of multifamily and mixed-use projects across the city. One of her key contributions was developing the concept for the Fitzgerald Revitalization Project, which broke ground last fall and is currently underway. This multifaceted neighborhood-scale development will result in the rehabilitation of more than 100 vacant homes for new neighbors, transformation of vacant lots through intentional landscaping and the creation of a new city-owned park and greenway, slated to open this summer. 

“Cecily King’s work for the City of Detroit, in addition to her impressive academic credentials and professional expertise, will be used well in her role as the Executive Director of Live6 Alliance,” Garibaldi said. “The Live6 Alliance board of directors is confident that she will build on the successful civic engagement work with residents initially began by Lauren Hood, Live6’s first interim director. We thank Lauren for her leadership and interactions with our neighbors and businesses during the first two years of the organization.”

Since 2016, Live6 has obtained information from residents and community stakeholders about their interests, concerns and needs. Now the organization is prepared to implement projects that address those items in a comprehensive, well-designed manner. Dr. Garibaldi also acknowledged the important contributions of Michael Forsyth, co-interim director of Live6 Alliance during 2017, who will continue to assist the organization as a strategy consultant over the next several months.

“I am pleased that Michael Forsyth has agreed to continue his work with Live6 Alliance for a few more months. Cecily King will benefit from his expertise and insight in the same way that I have during his years of service for the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation,” Dr. Garibaldi said.

As executive director, King will be responsible for the implementation of projects that make a visible impact on the Livernois-McNichols corridor, with the primary goal of improving the quality of life for residents and community stakeholders. She will continue to interact with residents, business owners and community stakeholders to ensure that Live6 Alliance’s development efforts are in alignment with their needs.

“I am excited to work with the Kresge Foundation and the University of Detroit Mercy as I take on this role, and I am honored to work with my team — Jeremy Lewis, Ajara Alghali and Caitlin Murphy — to execute this vision. I am looking forward to sharing my love of real estate with residents and business owners to create meaningful, vibrant commercial spaces along the Livernois-McNichols corridors,” King said.

Before relocating to Detroit, King worked on real estate projects for private developers, large institutional clients and universities around the country. She holds her Master of Science in Real Estate Development from Columbia University as well as a Master of Engineering in Structural Engineering from Lehigh University and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Princeton University. She serves on several boards and committees including the Michigan Urban Land Institute Young Leader’s Group and the Association of Black Princeton Alumni.

Jeremy Lewis was named the Live6 Alliance's commerical corridor manager.In related news, Live6 Alliance also selected native Detroiter Jeremy Lewis to the position of commercial corridor manager. Lewis was raised in the Green Acres community of northwest Detroit. He graduated from Gesu Catholic School and the University of Detroit Jesuit High School before attending Hampton University.

Following graduation, he began his advertising sales career at CNN in Atlanta, Georgia During his career, he worked in New York City and Chicago for WeatherBug, The Chicago Tribune and the Weather Channel. Upon returning to his hometown, he joined the Osborn Neighborhood Alliance (ONA) team and led efforts to improve the area small business ecosystem. Following his work with the Osborn Business Association, he joined the Detroit Regional Chamber as the director of National Commerce Group Business Development, managing business solutions focused on small and medium sized businesses nationally. He is currently completing his master’s degree in Community Development at Detroit Mercy and resides in the University District with his wife. He serves on the boards of ONA and Original Creativity, among others.

"The area that makes up Live6 is filled with economic potential and dedicated residents. It is my honor to work on the effort to revitalize and enhance the commercial corridor. I'm excited to bring my business experience, resources and passion to this community,” Lewis said.

Over the past two years, the Live6 Alliance has achieved a number of milestones. These include development and implementation of a community advisory board, the Speakeasy conversation series, business and attraction events designed to attract businesses to the area, public safety initiatives that help increase security, Market on the Ave, where small business owners can sell fresh food and products, as well as others.

In October 2017, government, civic and neighborhood leaders broke ground on the new 2.5-acre Ella Fitzgerald Park in the city-led Fitzgerald Revitalization Project and the nearby HomeBase community center, which will house the Live6 Alliance offices. The Ella Fitzgerald Park groundbreaking was the first major construction of the two-year Fitzgerald Revitalization Project, which the city is leading that will see some 115 vacant homes rehabbed for rental or sale, 16 demolished and nearly 200 vacant lots turned into greenways, gardens, flowering meadows or other community assets.

Live6 Alliance is a nonprofit organization that facilitates efforts to revitalize the Livernois-McNichols corridor through placemaking, business attraction and retention, residential stabilization, safety and security initiatives. The organization was founded two years ago with support from the Kresge Foundation, University of Detroit Mercy and the Detroit Economic Growth Corp. to facilitate new efforts and complement City of Detroit initiatives along the McNichols and Livernois commercial corridors. To learn more about the organization, please visit http://www.live6detroit.org 

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