Marketing Local Sites: DRP Hires New Real Estate Services Director


The Detroit Regional Partnership (DRP) recently hired Shannon Selby to oversee real estate initiatives, market vacant industrial sites, and increase site readiness in the region through efforts such as the recently launched Verified Industrial Properties (VIPbyDRP) program.

VIPbyDRP is a signature initiative that markets properties available in the region and simplifies the site selection process through an easily accessible online inventory of vacant properties. As part of the program, third-party engineers have vetted the properties helping to reduce the amount of time it takes prospective purchasers to determine if a site can meet their needs.

“Having development-ready sites is at the top of the list of factors that influence where businesses locate and invest,” said Maureen Donohue Krauss, president and CEO of the DRP. “We are excited to add Shannon to the team as we work to promote properties in the region for development. Bringing someone in with her talents and experience will help us better serve companies looking for sites in the Detroit Region.”

Selby has over 15 years of experience in commercial real estate and specializes in national economic and business development.  Previously serving as director of economic development at Wayne County, senior vice president at real estate firm JLL, and manager of business attraction for the city of Phoenix, Selby has expertise in the public and private sector that spans city, county, and regional levels.

Currently in the initial phase of the program, Selby is engaging real estate professionals, developers, and property owners throughout the region to identify new industrial sites – of 10 contiguous acres or more – for corporate facilities and transformational expansion projects. This fall, VIPbyDRP will also initiate a national marketing campaign, raising visibility of the program and the properties included.

“Our team is working with local partners to advance site readiness and increase marketability of properties throughout the region. In doing so, we are taking away some of the guess work for companies outside the region as they look to expand,” said Selby, a licensed real estate broker in Michigan and Arizona, who led business attraction and development initiatives in Tempe and Phoenix.

Local municipalities looking to market vacant properties in the 11-county Detroit Region via VIP, should contact Selby at .