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Future Driven, Historically Hip: Dearborn, MI

By Kelly Church

The Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce is the core of Dearborn, MI. There are six pillars that drive the Chamber of Commerce and their actions: economy, community, membership, government, education and tourism. Jackie Lovejoy, President of the Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce, says "these six key initiatives are the primary motivators to "enhance [the] region."

"Our initiatives seek to support our community partners and build businesses and bring commerce to our region," Lovejoy says. "We are 'future driven' and yet 'historically hip'. We are steeped in a great tradition of history and innovation, and focusing on the future!"

The city does in fact have a rich history. Henry Ford of Ford Motor Company founded and built his motor vehicle corporation out of Dearborn. Lovejoy says that the Ford legacy is proudly represented in Dearborn , his home and estates are still standing, as is the Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village, the largest indoor/outdoor museum in the country. Lovejoy says nearly two million people visit the museum each year. Each year, The Henry Ford Museum hosts Makers Faire, which attracts 25,000 individuals to celebrate.

Additionally, for those who appreciate the less technical events, the Dearborn Mutt Strut & Pet Expo brings in about 3,000 dog and cat walkers together in the spring to walk and raise money in support of the Dearborn Animal Shelter. There's a Dearborn Farmer's and Artisan's Market from May to September that brings nearly 1,000 attendees each week for fresh, local produce and art. Every August there's a three-day Homecoming celebration bringing more than 20,000 attendeeseach day to expereince rides, music and fireworks. It also allows for more than 30 Dearborn nonprofit organizations to raise money for causes that support the community.

Dearborn's City Hall is in the process of being converted to an Art Space facility, an opportunity for economic developers to improve the city of Dearborn through creativity. It will also house artists and their families; art studios; office spaces for nonprofits, entrepreneurs and creative businesses; and provide a gallery with an artist-in-residency program. The three-building campus will take over an entire block that was previously inhabited by the city's government.

The city, and its Chamber of Commerce, is more than just superb events and an impressive history. The city itself has nearly 100,000 residents that Lovejoy proudly boasts reside in "safe and historic neighborhoods."

"We have fantastic public and private schools, making our neighborhoods a great place to raise a family," Lovejoy says. "Our Dearborn Public Schools superintendent Brian Whiston was superintendent of the year in 2014, and is now our State Superintendent of Schools. Dearborn Public Schools regularly send students to Harvard, Yale and Princeton. Sporting 43 public parks, outstanding schools, world class museums and theater, golf, shopping, fine dining and two downtowns with a variety of diverse attractions for all ages, Dearborn is a destination for all to enjoy!"

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Kelly Church is a writer and avid reader with a Bachelor's of Science in Journalism...

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