Urban Enterprise Center
, Community Capital Development
, Jim Thomas, Jack Faris, Steve Leahy, Herman McKinney
, George Duff,
...Herman McKinney has led the Urban Enterprise Center since 1993.
At 67, he
is retiring from the Seattle community development group.A successor has not been named.View Larger
The founding director of the Urban Enterprise Center
will step down this January, leaving the exact direction of the Seattle-based community development group unknown.
More than a decade after founding the center, Herman McKinney
has decided to join his
wife in retirement.
"I'm suggesting that all of our emphasis be put on education now," McKinney
said. The Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce
and the Urban Enterprise Center board will decide who will replace McKinney
Finding a replacement for McKinney
is a given, Leahy said.
replacement must know both the business and urban communities.According to George Duff, who was CEO of the chamber at the time the Urban Enterprise Center was created, McKinney has been unusually effective at communicating with both groups.
, who at the time was the president of an African-American activist group called The Breakfast Group
, was hired by the chamber to address the issues in these urban communities.
"There was a lot of tension relating to race," McKinney
recalled."The idea was to create a thriving community in urban areas because we were losing too many of our young people to crime and drugs." McKinney
commercial cleaning company, Extra Hands, to employees in order to focus full time on the Urban Enterprise Center
.Although Extra Hands was doing well financially, McKinney
said the decision to sell was easy because he
felt so strongly about the Urban Enterprise Center's