Downtown civic agency names chief outcomes officer
A former employee of Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration has taken a new leadership position at Downtown Grand Rapids Inc.
DGRI said yesterday that Andy Guy is its chief outcomes officer.
The newly created position puts Guy in charge of directing the implementation of strategic policy, communications and project initiatives on behalf of DGRI and the downtown neighborhoods.
DGRI said Guy will help the organization’s leadership network "drive implementation of promising city building practices and guide select projects" critical to the organization’s mission to "grow a vibrant 21st-century city.”
Guy said he’s thrilled to take on the new role.
“This is a spirited group of professionals, supported by a remarkable network of community-based leadership, all of whom have an exciting vision for building a great city,” Guy said.
Guy brings more than 14 years of broad experience in Michigan’s urban revitalization movement.
Prior to joining DGRI, he served as associate director of Gov. Snyder’s Office of Urban Initiatives.
Previously, he served as director of metropolitan and environmental initiatives at Wondergem, a PR firm in Grand Rapids, and he was the founding editor of Rapid Growth, an online magazine focused on growth in Grand Rapids.
He began his career with the Michigan Land Use Institute, focused on transportation and Great Lakes restoration issues.
Guy was also the founding board chair of Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, serves on the City of Grand Rapids Parking Commission and is a member of the board at Dyer Ives Foundation.
DGRI, established in 2013, serves as the singular management agency for the combined operations of the Downtown Development Authority, Downtown Improvement District and Monroe North Tax Increment Finance Authority.
The agency is responsible for placemaking and place management in the central business district of Grand Rapids.