WWLTV.com staff and John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press
NEWORLEANS- Rodrick Miller, the President and CEO of the New Orleans Business Alliance, Rodrick Miller announced that he will leave his post later this month to assume the role of CEO of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation in Detroit, Michigan.
Miller joined the New Orleans Business Alliance in 2011 and was tasked with advancing economic development initiatives on behalf of the City of New Orleans.
'From the beginning, the New Orleans Business Alliance has been a key part of our economic development strategy,'said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. 'Together with the board of directors, Rod has built a strong organizationfocused on job growth, creating wealth and building an equitable and sustainable economic future for New Orleans.'
'It has been a tremendous honor to serve the City of New Orleans over the last several years,' said Mr. Miller. 'Mayor Landrieu and the New Orleans Business Alliance Board of Directors have prioritized economic development in the city, opening the way for New Orleans to remain on an upward trajectory for years to come.'
Upon Mr. Miller's departure, Melissa Ehlinger, who has been with the organization since 2012 and currently serves as Senior Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, will serve as Interim CEO.
Before he launched NOLABA in 2011 Miller led development initiatives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Phoenix and Glendale, Ariz. He also has experience as a consultant to governments involved in large-scale infrastructure projects.
The DEGC is a wide-ranging quasi-public agency that negotiates development deals on behalf of the city. DEGC also provides staff work underpinning the decisions of several boards, including the Downtown Development Authority.
Miller replaces the outgoing George Jackson, who has served as president and CEO of DEGC since February 2002 and who has served under four mayors. Jackson announced his retirement from DEGC earlier this to pursue a new role as a private development consultant in Detroit and elsewhere.
'Rodrick Miller has an outstanding record in leading new initiatives to attract business, jobs and investment to the cities where he has worked,' said Gillum. 'DEGC has earned a reputation for innovation in economic development and project management, and we are confident that Miller's experience and expertise will build on the positive momentum in Detroit and the region and accelerate that progress going forward.'
Duggan said, 'Rod Miller is very impressive and very well qualified. I'm extremely pleased that he has accepted the leadership position at DEGC and I know he'll do a great job helping to bring new businesses and jobs to Detroit.'
Miller said in a statement, 'Detroit has iconic status among cities around the world, based on its long history as a center for business and culture. It offers a unique value proposition to the businesses that invest here, and my goal is to leverage its assets and work with its people and the city administration to create more jobs and spur more investments that will make an even better Detroit.'