• 06 Feb 2014 10:48 PM | Deleted user

    [A Seamless Transition: Outgoing Executive Director Tami Salisbury leaves 8MBA poised for success with the new leadership team she helped assemble: Jordan Twardy (Executive Director), Steve Horstman (Director of Programs) and Corissa Leveille (Challenge Detroit Fellow)]

    After more than eleven years at the helm, Tami Salisbury is stepping down from her role as 8MBA’s Executive Director, and a new leadership team has been put in place.

    Effective February 10, 2014, 8MBA’s Director of Programs Jordan Twardy has been promoted to serve as Executive Director, and former Eastpointe Downtown Development Authority Director Steve Horstman has been tapped to fill Twardy’s old role. Salisbury moves on to serve as  Executive Director of the Paint Creek Center for the Arts, the organization behind Rochester’s renowned Art & Apples Festival.

    In her time as Executive Director, Tami Salisbury helped 8MBA become a formidable agent of positive change for the Eight Mile corridor, expanding the reach of its programs, strengthening its fiscal stability and positioning the organization for future success. 

    Under Salisbury’s leadership, 8MBA achieved significant accomplishments: over twenty façade transformation projects, millions of dollars in grants secured, the attraction of Eight Mile investments such as Gateway Marketplace, thousands of volunteers engaged and a sterling reputation throughout the region as a well-managed organization that achieves tangible results.

    In a farewell to the organization, Salisbury thanked 8MBA Board Members, business members and other partners, noting that she “enjoyed working with each and every one of you and have truly appreciated the spirit of regional collaboration that I have seen during my tenure at 8MBA.”

    The new leadership team’s appointment came at the recommendation of Salisbury herself as well as the 8MBA Board of Directors’ Administrative and Executive Committees.

    Salisbury expressed utmost confidence in Twardy, asserting that “we will see the path to revitalize Eight Mile continue and thrive under his leadership” and lauded Horstman’s professional background and strong reputation throughout the region as major assets to the organization.  Twardy affirmed the team’s readiness to take up the mantle, saying of the transition “we are grateful for the high point to which Tami has led 8MBA, and Steve and I are eager to build on her work and take our revitalization efforts to the next level. “

    8MBA is truly grateful to Tami Salisbury for all she has done to advance the organization and serve as a champion for Eight Mile and regional collaboration. The corridor is a better place and 8MBA is poised for a strong future because of her efforts. We wish her well as she embarks on the next chapter in her professional career.

  • 06 Feb 2014 10:34 PM | Deleted user

    The New 8MBA online membership portal is now live!

    Now all 8MBA members can manage their membership information, pay their dues and read Eight Mile news online simply by logging in on the 8MBA Website. Also, the Corridor Connector e-newsletter has a new look and is paired with a beefed-up News page. You should have received a “welcome” email with all the details on how to take advantage of your newest 8MBA Member perk, but if you didn’t, this article gives you all the details you need to manage your membership online and use members-only website areas.

    How to Manage Your 8MBA Membership

    All membership management will now take place through the 8MBA website. Your welcome email contains a temporary username and password that you can use to log in on the top-right corner of the www.eightmile.org homepage. If your welcome email was lost in this month’s polar vortex, simply click the “forgot password” button near the login area and a new temporary password will be sent to the email address we have on file for you (likely the same one receiving Corridor Connector). Note that temporary passwords expire after 24 hours for security purposes, so be sure to log in promptly. Once logged in, members-only areas of the site, such as our online forums and certain program pages, become visible.  You can also click “view profile” near the login area to go to your own personal portal. From there, you can update your membership information, pay your annual dues and adjust how often you receive updates from 8MBA.

    Join the Conversation on Corridor Connector

    As part of 8MBA’s online overhaul, Corridor Connector has also been enhanced to let you join the conversation by commenting on each article, while streamlining each story to give you the amount of information you want, when you want it.  Your e-newsletter articles contain links to full articles, with additional photos and space to provide your comments. Every story is archived for on-demand access in the 8MBA News section, where you read and make comments.

    Contact 8MBA With Questions

    We want you to get the most out of 8MBA’s new online platform. If you have any questions about how to use the site or manage your membership, just Contact the 8MBA Office.

  • 16 Dec 2013 12:09 PM | Anonymous

    10,000 Small Businesses Detroit PanelWarren Buffett and Goldman Sachs are inviting small businesses throughout the Detroit region to apply for enrollment in its free training and assistance program, 10,000 Small Businesses, with applications due on January 6, 2014

    The program offers three main services to which area businesses can apply for help. These include:

    · Practical Business Education through a crash-course of best practices in business development and obtaining financing designed by one of the nation’s top entrepreneurship schools, Babson College.

    · Access to Capital through flexible loans.

    · Access to a Support Network of like-minded business owners and one-on-one business advising and technical assistance from experts, including professional firms, business organizations and Goldman Sachs itself.

    Eight Mile businesses are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to obtain skills and resources you need to grow your business! Applications are due on January 6, 2014. Click here to learn more about the program and how to apply.  8MBA will gladly highlight any Eight Mile business that is selected for assistance, so let us know if you apply!

  • 16 Dec 2013 12:03 PM | Anonymous

    Michigan State Fairgrounds Coliseum Building8MBA was on hand for exciting news at the latest meeting of the Fairgrounds Advisory Council, which featured a project progress update from the Magic Plus Development team, including project partners Joel Ferguson and Marvin Beatty, along with CEO Dale Watchowski, Senior Vice President and 8MBA Board Member Kenneth Till and Public Relations Consultant Bruce Babiarz from REDICO.

    The development team is currently selecting a master planner to help establish a vision for the entire site, choosing from a pool of five nationally-renowned master planning firms including Ehrenkrantz Eckstut & Kuhn Architects, HKS Architects, Hobbs+Black Architects, JPRA Architects and Smith Group JJR.

    Once the master planner has been selected, the development team will work with them to craft an initial concept framework for the site. From there, community visioning sessions, which 8MBA advocated for as part of the development process, will commence with an initial meeting in February. The team stressed their commitment to a financially viable development that incorporates transit-oriented development (TOD), walkability and a diverse mix of uses, including housing, educational, retail and more.

    8MBA is thrilled to see the project’s progress to-date and remains committed to keeping Eight Mile stakeholders informed and engaged throughout the process.

  • 16 Dec 2013 10:38 AM | Anonymous

    The novelty scissors were back in action for another ribbon cutting at Gateway Marketplace on Eight Mile Road, one of the largest retail developments ever in Detroit. Wingstop, a national hot wings franchise dubbing itself the "Wing Experts" became the latest tenant to join Meijer, Marshalls, K&G Fashion, Petco and others at the development with its grand opening on November 22.

    We're also proud to welcome Wingstop as our newest 8MBA Member Business. The Eight Mile location marks their fourth Michigan franchise with more to come .

    Elected officials and the Detroit Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen helped cut the ceremonial ribbon at Wingstop's Grand Opening. 8MBA was on hand for the festivities, as was a crowd of dignitaries, residents and stakeholders that included Wayne County Executive and 8MBA Board Member Robert Ficano and State Senator Virgil Smith. Franchisee John Draper complimented the aviation theme of the restaurant, dedicating the location to the Tuskegee Airmen, the legendary African American fighter pilot unit from World War II, whose Detroit Chapter was on hand for the festivities. 

    Wingstop is open seven days a week from 11:00 a.m. to midnight. Be sure to give Eight Mile’s newest restaurant a try next time you’re in the area!

  • 16 Dec 2013 10:24 AM | Anonymous
    The brand-new 8MBA website has officially gone live with its Beta Test version available now. 8MBA will be activating its Membership Portal by the end of 2013, which will streamline how we interact with each of you; our members, partners and other stakeholders.

    New 8MBA Website Homepage Preview

    Once the Membership Portal is activated, you will receive an email that contains a username and temporary password which you can use to log into the website at the top right-hand corner. From there you can verify your contact information and access all Members-Only content, including the Corridor Connector e-newsletter.  Here’s  everything you need to know about the new 8MBA website:

    How to Manage Your 8MBA Membership

    All membership management will now take place through the 8MBA website. In your welcome email, which will arrive once the Membership Portal is activated, use the temporary username and password to log in on the top-right corner of the www.eightmile.org homepage. Once logged in, you can update your membership information, pay your annual dues, comment in our online forums, read newsletter articles and more.

    New Look for the Corridor Connector

    Your monthly e-newsletter, Corridor Connector, will be getting a major facelift as it is incorporated into the new site. From now on, you will still receive the full newsletter as before but its design will be streamlined for quicker reading and easier navigation. Articles will contain quick previews and main points so you can get the gist on the go, with links to the full article for those who want to learn more. Each article will be archived in the 8MBA News section, where you can see full articles after they’ve been posted.

    Contact 8MBA With Questions

    We want you to get the most out of 8MBA’s new online platform. If you have any questions about how to use the site or manage your membership, just contact the 8MBA Office.


  • 04 Nov 2013 12:11 PM | Deleted user
    Brother Rice High School, a perennial Eight Mile partner, brought over 65 student and parent volunteers for their 2013 All-School Day of Service on Monday, October 28th.

    The volunteers helped overhaul pedestrian pathways on Eight Mile Road between Woodward and John R, near the Grand Truck Railroad Bridge. This area is used by many to access the new Gateway Marketplace and Meijer at Eight Mile and Woodward.

    Volunteers removed approximately two dumpsters full of litter, debris and vegetation from the corridor. Additionally they painted fire hydrants and guardrails along the sidewalk. We are grateful to our friends at Brother Rice for their latest service to the Eight Mile corridor which, as always, provided a significant aesthetic boost to the area.
  • 30 Oct 2013 12:30 PM | Deleted user
    8MBA teamed up with the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) for our latest blight-busting effort, and this month we completed the removal of 65 broken payphones along Eight Mile between Grand River and Kelly. 8MBA conducted a field inventory of payphones and the MPSC cleared the way for removal and recycling of phone materials.

    8MBA thanks the MPSC for their partnership on this collective effort. A common eyesore and roadblock to private property improvements is now addressed and will be monitored on a corridor-wide scale.

    Property owners are strongly advised to not attempt payphone removal.
    Please email Jordan Twardy with any information about defunct Eight Mile payphones.

  • 28 Oct 2013 12:24 PM | Deleted user
    Another successful 8MBA Golf Outing is in the books after out 9th Annual event on September 20th at Whispering Willows Golf Course in Livonia.

    Eight Mile businesses, communities and other stakeholders joined us on the links, where the Detroit Renegades Motorcycle Club edged out Anderson, Eckstein and Westrick, Inc and last year's champions, Fifth Third Bank, to take home the coveted AT&T CommUNITY Cup.

    The Miss Michigan organization, in partnership with CITGO, also helped set a festive tone, bringing Miss West Michigan, Mekeisha Alcock and Miss River Raisin Festival, Nicole Miller, to mingle and pose for photos with golfers.

    8MBA thanks everyone who sponsored and participated in this year's outing. Visit our Flickr to browse event photos. Don't forget to tag yourself!
  • 25 Oct 2013 12:15 PM | Deleted user
    8MBA staff participated in the October 2nd meeting of the Michigan State Land Bank Fast Track Authority, which voted to approve the sale of the Michigan State Fairgrounds to Magic Plus LLC for $4.65M.

    8MBA Executive Director, Tami Salisbury, was on hand for a press conference following the meeting, calling this a "momentous day for Eight Mile," as one of it's most renowned yet challenged sites moves significantly closer to positive progress.

    The next steps for the fairgrounds include a series of visioning sessions - advocated for by 8MBA as part of the purchase agreement - to be held with community stakeholders. These sessions will ensure that the shared concerns and vision of the community at large will be incorportated into the development. Fairgrounds developer and 8MBA Board Member, Redico, who was the development team behind the adjacent Gateway Marketplace project, will facilitate the visioning sesions.

    8MBA is thrilled to see progress at this important site and looks forward to continuing to engage all parties as a bright future for the Michigan State Fairgrounds site unfolds.

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