• March 16, 2015 2:36 PM | Anonymous
    New Chair Mark Hackel met with 8MBA Leadership. 

    On March 11, 8MBA's new Chair, Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel, met with key members of the 8MBA Leadership Team, including Immediate Past Chair Tracey Schultz Kobylarz, Vice Chair Tom Petzold, and Executive Director Jordan Twardy to discuss project plans for 2015. 

    The conversation touched on shared marketing and economic development efforts as well as the upcoming 16th Annual 8MBA Leadership Luncheon. We are thrilled to have Mark Hackel as our chair in 2015 and look forward to the successes we will achieve together. 

  • March 16, 2015 2:33 PM | Anonymous
    Katie Dictus is 8MBA's new Director of Programs

    After a year on the job in 8MBA's top spot, Executive Director Jordan Twardy has rounded out the staff team with the addition of Katie Dictus as Director of Programs and the Part-Time Design Team of Damiso Brown and Steve Olshove.

    Dictuscomes from a Challenge Detroit fellowship at DTE Energy, where she co-authored a report for the company that explored city-wide energy delivery. On her hiring, Dictus remarked that "Eight Mile is deeply rooted at the heart of Metro Detroit", and she is "glad to be able to work as an ambassador for Eight Mile."                  

    Brown and Olshove bring a strong portfolio of design and marketing experience to 8MBA, and will be developing new fundraising and marketing materials this spring and summer. 8MBA is also a finalist for a Detroit Revitalization Fellow, who would join the team in August 2015 for a two-year fellowship. 

    While searching for our long-term staff team, Twardy was helped immensely by an interim transition team, including another Challenge Detroit Fellow, Corissa Leveille who now works for 8MBA Member Business Hamilton Anderson, Steve Horstman, a former DDA Director and current employee of the City of Ypsilanti, and Zach Fairchild, an AmeriCorps member and newly-minted Manager of Hostel Detroit. 

    Competition for the 8MBA staffing positions was intense, and a host of incredibly talented young professionals interviewed for a chance to be part of our shared, regional efforts.

  • February 28, 2015 12:36 AM | Jordan Twardy

    The Region's "Big Four" Are Set to Take 8MBA's Biggest Stage
    Reserve Your Spot at the 16th Annual 8MBA Leadership Luncheon!

    It's official - Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and County Executives Mark Hackel, L. Brooks Patterson, and Warren Evans are set to light up the stage at our 16th Annual 8MBA Leadership Luncheon, on Friday, April 24, 2015 at Cobo Center, from 11:00a.m. to 2:00p.m. 

    WWJ News Radio 950's Charlie Langton returns to moderate a panel discussion that last year's nearly 700 guests called "one of the best 'Big Four' conversations ever." You won't want to miss the discussion, featuring Warren Evans' 8MBA debut as the newly elected Wayne County Executive. 

    Not only can you lock in your seats, ads, and more by visiting our website, but you can also browse a host of additional sponsorship opportunities to support us while connecting your organization to our wide and diverse network of stakeholders. Also, for the first time ever, you can buy ads in this year's annual report, The Baseline Briefing! For as little as $250, you can put your organization in front of our entire audience of stakeholders, all year round, in our primary communication piece. 

    Join this year's first-ever Presenting Sponsor, Consumer's Energy, and returning Platinum Sponsors Mercedes-Benz Financial Services and the Organized Construction Industry Coalition, along with CITGO Petroleum and others as sponsors for the 16th Annual 8MBA Leadership Luncheon! Click here to learn more. 
  • November 24, 2014 10:41 AM | Deleted user
    On November 6, 2014, stakeholders gathered to celebrate the substantial completion of the Northland Transit Terminal, which received nearly $750K in new concrete surface for bus traffic, shelters, trash cans, landscaping and benches. The ceremony – which coincided with the re-opening of Greenfield Road – marked a major milestone in the completion of a project conceived back in 1999 to renovate bus stops and transit terminals along Eight Mile Road.

    The project, a $3.4M federal grant, was the product of collaboration between 8MBA, DDOT, SMART, the City of Detroit and the City of Southfield. This collaboration arose out of the need to improve the conditions of transit on the corridor with new signage, shelters, trash cans and more. Through a host of challenges, leadership changes and other complications, the project coalition pushed forward to get the job done.

    As a result, by the end of 2014 the Northland Transit Terminal and all 172 bus stops along Eight Mile Road will be serviced with new route signage and site-specific amenities such as trash cans. The work will also spawn future collaboration to improve all bus shelters along the corridor.

  • November 24, 2014 10:35 AM | Deleted user

    Michigan weather reminded us of the limited construction season, but that didn’t stop us from making tremendous progress at Knudsen Park. Thanks to the collaboration of dozens of individuals from Tom’s of Maine, the City of Detroit and a host of contractors working together, this Eight Mile gateway park into the City of Detroit will shine brighter than ever in Spring 2015. At time of publication, the list of installed improvements includes new swing sets, tire swing, play car, and recycled park benches. Coming soon will be a walking path, rehabilitated basketball court, grills and picnic tables, trees, signage, fencing and a human-scale sun dial. Stay tuned for additional updates and community events where YOU can get involved in the effort!

  • October 13, 2014 9:59 AM | Jordan Twardy
    8MBA is Hiring!

    8MBA is looking for a talented, passionate individual to join our dynamic team as Communications Director. After 21 years of impact, 8MBA is increasing its position as a leader in regional collaborative action. The Communication Director's primary responsibility will be to ensure that 8MBA reaches a regional audience with a professional, energetic tone. 

    The position is part-time but offers flexible hours, competitive wages and opportunities for professional growth. The Communications Director will employ and develop tangible skills in a wide variety of projects with measurable deliverables that can be carried with you throughout your career. 

    To apply, first review the Job Description and submit all requested materials along with a completed Job Application to jordan@eightmile.org no later than 12:00p.m. ET on Monday, October 20, 2014. Contact Jordan Twardy, 8MBA Executive Director, with any questions by calling 248-398-3388. 

  • October 01, 2014 11:10 AM | Deleted user

    On the heels of our 20th Anniversary and the transition to our first new Executive Director in more than 11 years, 8MBA is taking an opportunity to look under the hood at our mission, programming and partnerships to take Eight Mile revitalization to the next level.  Michigan Community Resources has been retained as the facilitator for this strategic planning process, and we want to hear from each of YOU, our Members, Sponsors, Friends and other stakeholders on Eight Mile.  Click here to tell us what you think about Eight Mile, 8MBA and how we should evolve our efforts to make this corridor the best it can be!

  • October 01, 2014 10:51 AM | Deleted user

    The annual UM-ULI Real Estate Forum is coming to Cobo Center in Detroit on November 18-19, and 8MBA is teaming up to spread the word about this insightful event. Now in its 28th year, the forum will highlight how Real Estate is helping us REenvision, REbuild, and REinvest in our region with a host of experts, movers and shakers in real estate from throughout the nation and region.

    A special spotlight will also be on Eight Mile this year, with 8MBA's Executive Director Jordan Twardy and Eight Mile stakeholders and partners such as Jill Ferrari of Michigan Community Resources and Scott McCarthy of REDICO taking part in discussions and programs held during the forum. Click here to register and browse program details .

  • October 01, 2014 10:11 AM | Deleted user

    Knudsen Family Members Judith Christie & Karen Vanderkloot DiChiera Meet With 8MBA Executive Director Jordan Twardy At Knudsen Park

    A transformation is well under way at a struggling yet symbolic Detroit park that is quickly becoming a revitalized playground for local children and residents. Knudsen Park, named after William S. Knudsen, is being rehabilitated thanks to a grant from Tom’s of Maine’s “50 States For Good” Program. 8MBA has brought together Tom’s of Maine and the City of Detroit Recreation Department to restore this small neighborhood park at the convergence of Eight Mile and I-75 to the neighborhood gem it once was. New playground equipment, an interactive human sundial, walking path, signage, fencing, picnic tables and a refurbished basketball court are all being installed as part of an effort to change perceptions of travelers as they enter the city limits.

    Project Timing:

    The project is set to occur in two phases, with new play equipment and basketball court improvements to be installed by Halloween 2014. The City of Detroit will follow suit with a $50K investment over the next several months, including a brand new fence, ADA-compliant pathway, official park sign and more.  Click here to view the site plan.

    Get Involved:

    Fueled by the Tom’s of Maine marketing team and 8MBA social media channels, word began to spread about the project, attracting the attention of the Knudsen family, whose relative, William S. Knudsen, is the park’s namesake, as well as hundreds of followers social media, including Detroit’s own Mike Posner. You can get involved too! Click here to learn more about the campaign and help us prioritize the amenities we’re bringing to Knudsen Park.

    About William S. Knudsen:

    The family of William S. Knudsen is very excited to have their namesake park returned to its original state as a wonderful urban space for local families. William Knudsen was an immigrant from Denmark who made his mark in the burgeoning auto industry in Detroit. His production genius led President Franklin Roosevelt to ask Knudsen to lead the war effort in terms of war materiel production for World War II. He was eventually commissioned as a Lieutenant General in the U.S. Army, the only civilian ever to join the Army at such a high initial rank.  Learn more about William S. Knudsen by clicking here.

  • September 30, 2014 3:56 PM | Deleted user

    Oak Park City Officials, 8MBA Staff and Trerice Employees Celebrate Trerice's Investment

    The 8MBA Façade Improvement Program (FIP) is ready to finish 2014 in a flurry of activity, with one project completed and two more to go. Our three current projects, supported with just $25K in grants from 8MBA, the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and MSHDA, represent well over $1M in private investment on Eight Mile. On September 24, we celebrated the completion of H.O. Trerice in Oak Park (a $100K project), and look forward to the completion of Advantage Health Center in Warren ($1M+ Project) and the start of construction for U.S. Ice in Detroit ($500K+ Project).

    H.O. Trerice (Oak Park, MI): $10K FIP Grant, Over $100K of Private Investment

    H.O. Trerice just recently completed a $100,000 restoration of their building that focused on restoring the building to its 1940s industrial grandeur. Renovations included: stripping and repainting all metal awnings; installing and repairing windows throughout the property to maintain a period look; a new front door and overhang; limestone restoration; and a spectacular new monument sign. Trerice also completely overhauled parking and landscaping areas with new parking surface, fencing and brand new trees and perennial plantings throughout the property. Project completion was celebrated with an official check presentation, attended by 8MBA staff and Chairperson Tracey Schultz Kobylarz, Trerice’s Jim Mackie and Dave Furgerson, Oak Park Mayor Marian McClellan, Oak Park Economic Development Director Kimberly Marrone, and Tom Woiwode of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.

    Advantage Health Center (Warren, MI):  $5K FIP Grant, Over $1M of Private Investment

    Advantage Health Centers' first location outside of Detroit is up and running with only final touches remaining before their facade improvement project is completed.  A complete overhaul of the building, with new storefront systems, landscaping, signage and substantial interior build-out represented a major investment in this Eight Mile property that formerly belonged to the H.J. Oldenkamp Company.

    US ICE (Detroit, MI):  $10K FIP Grant, Approximately $500K of Private Investment

    After significant collaboration between the property owner and the City of Detroit, U.S. Ice has been successfully rezoned and has received necessary approvals from the City of Detroit to begin construction on a brand new building next to their existing structure on Eight Mile, which has been the U.S. Ice headquarters for more than 20 years.  U.S. Ice's tremendous business growth left the company faced with the choice of expanding the current site or leaving Detroit.  8MBA was able to partner with property owner and longtime 8MBA member Saad Abbo to support the design, rezoning and construction approval processes to allow this intense, $500k project to occur on Eight Mile and keep this Detroit icon in the Motor City.  The new building will be unified with the existing structure by a common facade, which will make the property appear as one structure.  Additional improvements will include irrigated landscaping, new signage and even improvements to the parking lot across the street, which will trade its current barbed wire fence for a brand new masonry knee wall and landscaping.

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