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  • December 16, 2013 10:24 AM | Jordan Twardy
    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 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.


  • November 04, 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.
  • October 30, 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.

  • October 28, 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!
  • October 25, 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.
  • October 24, 2013 12:03 PM | Deleted user

    8MBA is teaming up with the Michigan Vacant Property Campaign (MVPC) ant it's allies to hold a Regional Roundtable to discuss issues related to vacant property faced by local communites throughout te region.

    Participants will also learn about the MVPC and the work this consortium does to address those issues. All stakeholders who grapple with vacant property issues are invited to attend:
     When: Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 (1:00-3:00pm)                                                  
     Where: Eastpointe City Hall, Council Chambers
    23200 Gratiot, Eastpointe, MI, 48021

    RSVP to Julie Hales-Smith at
  • October 14, 2013 10:36 AM | Deleted user
    The Regional Transit Authority for Southeast Michigan (RTA)  has completed its appointments to the Citizens Advisory Council (CAC), and 8MBA Executive Director Tami Salisbury was selected to serve alongside 29 other leaders throughout the region.


    The purpose of the CAC is to advise the RTA on transit issues, make suggestions for improvements in transit service and to advocate for greater funding for public transportation. CAC members can review and comment on all transit service and coordination plans, as well as provide specific recommendations for those plans or to address any other matters concerning public transit in the region. 


    8MBA's presence on the CAC will help ensure that Eight Mile and the communities along it will have a voice in shaping the region's future public transit system.
  • October 14, 2013 7:00 AM | Deleted user

    Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) has selected 8MBA as a 2014 GYSD Lead Agency, awarding $2,000 in grant funds to support the annual 8MBA Clean the D event.  This is the 2nd grant awarded to the 8MBA from GYSD, recognizing our continued efforts to engage youth in the revitalization of Eight Mile Road.

  • October 14, 2013 2:16 AM | Deleted user
    8MBA welcomed its newest team member to our staff this month, with the arrival of Corissa Leveille, a University of Detroit Mercy graduate with extensive architecture, design and community engagement experience.

    Prior to joining 8MBA, Corissa worked most recently with the Detroit Works Project Long Term Planning team on the Detroit Future City project in conjunction with the Detroit Collaborative Design Center.

    As a part of the 8MBA team, Corissa will be helping to develop renderings for the Facade Improvement Program candidates, execute Corridor KeeperTM activities and support other programs  and projects. Corissa has already been making a positive impact on our team and we are thrilled to have her welcome her aboard!

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