Jordan Twardy was recently named Dearborn’s new director of economic development.
Twardy brings 15 years of government experience in economic and community development, fundraising, team building and project management. Most recently, he served as Director of Community and Economic Development for the City of Ferndale, overseeing land use planning, permitting, code enforcement, tax incentive programs, CDBG operations and the development of neighborhoods and businesses in the city.
“Residents of Dearborn will come to appreciate Jordan’s unique ability to turn ambitious ideas into achievable realities, as well as his track record of mobilizing incentives to generate community benefits,” said Mayor Abdullah Hammoud. “I look forward to seeing his imagination and expertise at work as we realize the full potential of our economic and community assets.”
Under Twardy’s leadership in Ferndale, the department has provided more than $60 million in community investments and more than 400 new homes, including the most new affordable housing since the 1980s. Twardy also completed an effort to 20 years to narrow Woodward Ave in downtown Ferndale, a measure designed to improve pedestrian safety and calm vehicular traffic. Just before leaving for the post of Dearborn manager, Twardy oversaw the approval of a 171-space mixed-use parking lot in Ferndale.
Prior to his service in Ferndale, Twardy served 13 communities and three Michigan counties as Executive Director of the 8 Mile Boulevard Association (8MBA), the entity responsible for revitalizing the 8 Mile Corridor through cross-industry collaboration. He also served as Chairman of the Board of 8MBA for three years.
“My experience has taught me the value of building and supporting teams and having fair and consistent processes that drive the results the community expects from development,” Twardy said. “I’m excited to bring that experience to Dearborn, helping Mayor Hammoud improve the department’s processes to make them easier, fairer and more transparent. I’m also excited to remove unnecessary bureaucratic divisions while bringing people together to harness the power of development to achieve community goals, from transforming high-profile properties like Fairlane Mall and Village Plaza to improving our business districts, fighting floods and storm water and providing resources. to help residents and businesses thrive.
Twardy is a member of the American Planning Association (APA), Michigan Association of Planning (MAP), Urban Land Institute (ULI), and Michigan Economic Developers Association (MEDA). He was previously named a ULI Larsen Leader Fellow; an Oakland Cornerstone Leadership Scholar; a future Mackinac leader of the Detroit regional chamber; and is part of the 2016 class of the Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 Under 40.
Twardy holds a Master of Urban Planning (MUP) from the A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan, with an additional certificate in Real Estate Development. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Oakland University.
Source: City of Dearborn