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Ferndale hires new community and economic development director

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published August 17, 2016

 Jordan Twardy

Jordan Twardy

FERNDALE — After months of searching, the city of Ferndale has hired a new community and economic development director.

Jordan Twardy’s first day on the job was Monday, Aug 8, and he was introduced as the new hire at the City Council meeting later that night.

He replaces Derek Delacourt, who left in March to become Ann Arbor’s community services administrator.

Twardy previously served as the executive director for the Eight Mile Boulevard Association, where he had worked since 2012 and as director since 2014.

“We believe he has the vision and the passion and understands and knows ... southeast Michigan fairly well,” City Manager April Lynch said.

She said his personality and background seemed like a good fit.

The position of community and economic development director focuses on economic development, including recruiting and retaining businesses.

Lynch said Twardy had many of the qualifications the city was looking for, citing his experience with the Eight Mile Boulevard Association and how he was familiar with southeast Oakland County.

“I’m very excited to get that position filled so that we can reconnect and really work with retaining our businesses here in Ferndale, and also starting to look at recruiting new business as well,” she said.

Twardy wasn’t anticipating leaving his old job before he applied around late May, but one thing he said he has always liked about Ferndale is its culture of getting stuff done and its creative way of doing things to accomplish those goals.

“They dream big and then they go after it,” he said.

“There’s always this expectation you’re going to change careers multiple times throughout your professional life. Not that I’m looking to hop around all over the place, but you just don’t get those opportunities all the time and I was very excited about this one.”

Twardy said he in part applied for the job so he could have the opportunity to develop other skills and have a different experience every day, as well as work with a city that is at an interesting point with growth coming in and character built over time.

“It checked a lot of boxes for me: help a really great community, do some really important work, get to stay aligned with the things I care about, and really help the city move forward,” he said.

Right now, Twardy said, his biggest focus is understanding what Ferndale has going on in terms of development and its vision for the future.

“Sort of wrapping my head around that landscape is a huge focus,” he said. “Also, getting to know all the different stakeholders, making sure that the businesses know who I am and know how I can help them, and same with all the different partners that work in and out of Ferndale.”