VIP News & Insights


Shannon Selby, VP of Real Estate, was Interviewed on US Arab Radio

Shannon Selby, VP of Real Estate, was interviewed on US Arab Radio appearing with host Khalil Hachem to speak about the Detroit Regional Partnership and how the award-winning site readiness program, VIP by DRP, is positively impacting the 11-County region. Selby discussed her love of brownfields, including the former Buick City Site and the McLouth Steel Site, and how the VIP site readiness program has grown from a $500,000 program to a $17M program, investing in sites over the next 3.5 years. The program is rapidly scaling to secure more manufacturing projects.

US Arab Radio is one of the largest ethnic radios in North America, reaching millions of listeners in 13 states, Washington DC, and the Middle East.

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VIP by DRP wins Communications Award

DRP and CRIMSON were honored by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts in the annual Communicator Awards, a global competition that includes 3,000 entries around the world, showcasing agency work for big and small brands.

The VIP A Site to See campaign, which included campaign visual brand development for Verified Industries Properties by DRP, marketing strategy work, paid advertising campaigns, and focused earned media/public relations elements won an award of distinction in the business-to-business integrated campaign category.

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Digital Transformation Key to Manufacturing Industry

As vehicle electrification efforts ramp up, DRP’s Verified Industrial Properties program, in collaboration with Consumers Energy, is identifying sites in the Detroit Region for these energy-intensive projects.

“The VIP program is cultivating a solid inventory of industrial sites that boosts Michigan’s competitive advantage. Energy is a key siting factor, and understanding how best to serve a site helps energy-intensive businesses move right to construction.” – Lisa Pung, Economic Development Strategy Manager, Consumers Energy

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5 VIP Sites Awarded Over $13.5M in Site Readiness Funding from the State of Michigan

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) announced $87.5 million in grant funding for 18 projects across the state of Michigan through the Strategic Site Readiness Program (SSRP), to support the state’s efforts to compete for and win transformative projects.

“The Detroit Regional Partnership is aligned with the MEDC through our Verified Industrial Properties Program to support our region’s commitment to ready more sites, to help Michigan win its share of the critical job creation projects,” said Maureen Krauss, President and CEO of Detroit Regional Partnership.

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Brownfields Offer Redevelopment Opportunities

Area Development interviews Shannon Selby, VP of Real Estate, about the important subject of brownfield sites and redevelopment opportunities. Brownfields present a sustainable way to revitalize and re-use land in areas often well served by infrastructure and workforce. The article highlights the 350-acre Flint Commerce Center, a VIP brownfield site.

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Changing the Narrative About Brownfields in Michigan

City Monitor featured an article by Shannon Selby, VP of Real Estate, on the misperceptions around brownfield sites and the tremendous opportunity they can offer developers, site selectors, and end users. The article highlights the importance of the VIP Program and the brownfield sites in the program.

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Not a nice-to-have but a must-have: Detroit Regional Partnership program makes it easy for companies to find available land in Southeast Michigan

Shannon Selby, VP of Real Estate, and Justin Robinson, EVP of Economic Development, feature in this REJournals article highlighting the VIP Program and the importance of proactive site readiness, verified site information, and brownfield sites in the Detroit Region.

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WDIV interviewed DRP Vice President of Real Estate, Shannon Selby, about how VIP by DRP helped the historic Buick City brownfield site begin its transformation into the Flint Commerce Center. WDIV describes the VIP program as “Zillow for industrial sites.”

Mill Street Logistics Vacant Industrial brownfield

New program gives SE Michigan an edge in hot industrial real estate market

Bridge Michigan emphasizes the importance of industrial site readiness initiatives and the collaborative effort to bring jobs and capital investment to communities in a competitive landscape, including through the Verified Industrial Properties program. 

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Future lights up for old Summit Place Mall

The Oakland Press covers the VIP by DRP site readiness initiative and how the program is paving the way for redevelopment of the former Summit Place Mall site in Oakland County, Michigan.

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Clearinghouse of big, vacant properties aims to lure industrial development

Crain’s Detroit Business covers the launch of the Detroit Regional Partnership’s site readiness initiative, the VIP Program, a “one-stop shop targeting site selectors looking for large swaths of land.”

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Detroit Regional Partnership Rolls Out Verified Industrial Properties Portal

DBusiness highlights the launch of the Verified Industrial Properties (VIP) program and portal aimed to increase industrial site readiness throughout southeast Michigan.

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Shannon Selby

Vice President of Real Estate