Community and Economic Development would imply that economic development would be what this department is devoted to. You would think so any way not so true here in the city of Dearborn Heights. The community and economic development department in the city is used to over see the CDBG Grant (Community Development Block Grant Program.) Every employee that works in that department salary is paid for from the CDBG grant. 20% of the grant funds go to administration of the grant the department focus all of their efforts to manage and spend the grant funds.
That brings me to this point Community and Economic Development. Developing economic growth in the city right. How can that be done in this department when their time is paid for by CDBG grant? The title of this department is mis-leading while other cities also have CDBG grant funds. They have a separate department out of the community and economic development department to run the CDBG Grant.
So if this department is working on nothing else except CDBG then how will we ever develop anything economically in the city? We will not business come in and out of this city on their own. There is no department actively seeking new economic development in the city. No department that is meeting with companies to entice them to open up here in the city. So nothing being done to build our tax base. This would require vision and a plan for the city. This might require expanding our community and economic development department. This would mean hiring new people separating the employees now working on the CDBG grant from the others that would be hired to seek economic development. These employees would have to be paid out of the general fund, and have their own budget. It would require that our mayor come up with a plan a vision for the city. It would require the administration to offer incentives to companies and new business to come to our city.
There are those who will say what company would want to open any thing here. What about Tim Hortons why do you see so many of them in Dearborn, not a one here. Can we have something else besides an Applebees Restaurant, what about a Chile’s, or Fridays or anyone of those. What makes them go to Westland, Canton, and Dearborn, but not even take a look at Dearborn Heights. There are so many different franchises that we do not have here.
Here is what Dearborns website has on the Economic and Community Development:
Welcome to the City of Dearborn’s Economic and Community Development Department. We have four important missions within the city government including:
• Business retention, attraction and investment
• Improving neighborhoods and maintaining property values
• Contributing to the creation of a high quality of life environment within which Dearborn’s residents, workers and visitors can thrive
• Providing commercial services for construction, inspection and building permit activities.
Dearborn is a great city to live work and play. We have great hotels, hospitality sites and the Henry Ford – America’s Greatest History Attraction and a gateway site for Michigan tourism. We are a regional employment center for Greater Detroit, and have a daytime population that swells to 150,000 residents, workers and visitors. Our schools are top notch and we offer a variety of educational experiences found in few communities. We are the home town of Henry Ford and headquarters of the Ford Motor Company. We have great downtown districts, interesting ethnic businesses, and a diverse population of over 100,000 residents pleased to share our community with you.
Here is Dearborn Heights:
Community and Economic
Ron Amen, DirectorLOCATED IN THE BERWYN SENIOR CENTER 26155 RICHARDSON DEARBORN HEIGHTS, MICHIGAN 48127 THREE (3) BLOCKS WEST OF BEECH DALYTWO (2) BLOCKS SOUTH OF WARREN PHONE (313) 791-3500 FAX (313) 791-3501 OPEN MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY FROM 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. Click Here for E-Mail address
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program
ACTIVITIES RANKING SURVEY
Please fill out, print and return the survey to:
Community and Economic Development Department (CEDD)
Dearborn Heights, MI 48127
ATTN: CDBG SURVEY
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program
For FY 2011 (July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2012)
ATTENTION Non-profit organizations and interested parties:
CDBG Program FY 2011 PLANNING CYCLE
Click HERE for instructions on
how to prepare and submit a
proposal for FY 2011 CDBG funding
RESIDENTIAL REHABILITATION PROGRAM INFORMATION
The Community & Economic Development Department
has re-opened the
RESIDENTIAL REHABILITATION PROGRAM
Please click on the links below for complete information:
(Dearborn Heights Residents Only)
This program is a referral service that provides requestors with a listing of workers that provide many types of services including lawn care, snow removal, pet sitting and much more.
Requestors and workers on the list must be Dearborn Heights residents ONLY.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A REFERRAL SERVICE FOR DEARBORN HEIGHTS RESIDENTS ONLY.
Workers and requestors must sign an affidavit/release form.
The City of Dearborn Heights is in no way involved in any payments, transactions, agreements, contracts, etc. between residents and workers.
THE COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT RECEIVES MANY REQUESTS FOR THE HEIGHTS HELPERS LIST DURING SEASONAL WEATHER EVENTS, ESPECIALLY FOR SNOW REMOVAL. TO AVOID DELAYS IN RECEIVING THE LIST, PLEASE REQUEST THE LIST BEFORE SNOWFALLS. PROCESSING THE LIST THROUGH THE MAIL REQUIRES APPROXIMATELY FIVE (5) TO SEVEN (7) BUSINESS DAYS.
There can not be this big of a difference between two cities that are right next door to each other. The whole way of thinking is different. This only proves my point one website to use for CDBG only. The others website used to promote a message for the city as a whole.
Here is what Westland has on there website:
The Economic Development-Planning Department promotes the community as a good place to live and work through business attraction and retention activities. In fact, The City of Westland was one of the first cities in the state to establish a full-time Department of Economic Development. The staff writes grants, administers various contracts, helps boards, and maintains a database of information about the City.
A Team Approach to Economic Development
Our Team approach is based on the principles of retention, expansion, attraction and leadership. The City of Westland wants you to succeed and we share your priorities of completing a project on time and on budget. The Team collaborates with you to provide one point of contact, a fast response to your needs, and the flexibility required to achieve your goals.
Our Fast-Track to Business Team, which consists of the Mayor, City Council President, Planning Director, Economic Development Director, Building Director, Planning Commission Chairman and Zoning Board of Appeals Chairman can be assembled quickly to craft a development plan that will help “cut the red tape” and expedite the approval process.
It is just something that I have been wondering about for years. Over the past few months there has been a lot of talk centered around this department and what it has done or not done over the years.