PRESS RELEASE:The Villages Community Development Corporation Names Brian Hurttienne Executive Director

March 24, 2011 at 1:32 pm by  

DETROIT, Mich., March 23, 2011 - The Villages Community Development Corporation (CDC) announced today it named Brian Hurttienne its Executive Director. Hurttienne’s hire was made possible through a grant from the Detroit Neighborhood Fund of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. The 2 year grant was awarded to support the development of a capacity-building strategy and to continue planning a community Greenway.  

The Villages of Detroit is a collection of neighborhoods located on Detroit’s near eastside, the boundaries of which are Mt. Elliott to Cadillac, and the Detroit River to Mack. The neighborhoods that make up the Villages are West Village, Indian Village, the Berry Subdivision, East Village, Islandview Village, and the Gold Coast.

 ”This is an exciting time for the Villages community with funders investing in the community and plans underway to build Greenways and enhance the East Jefferson Corridor,” said Kirsten Ussery, board of directors’ president, Villages Community Development Corporation. “Brian is highly-creative and has a 30 year history of working to improve Detroit. We believe he is a great asset to our organization and has the skill set to move the Villages CDC forward.”

Hurttienne’s official start date is April 1, 2011. He will work out of the Villages CDC’s new office at 8109 East Jefferson in Detroit.

“I am excited to be part of the Villages CDC.  They are the future of the city’s community development organizations,” said Hurttienne. “I bring my passion as a Detroiter and my experience as a small business owner and building coordinator extraordinaire to achieve the goals of the Villages CDC.”

Prior to the Villages CDC, Hurttienne worked as an Architect for Hamilton Anderson for four years, and at his own firm, BVH Architecture, for nine years previously. He is a registered Architect and a historic architect in the State of Michigan.

About The Villages Development Community Corporation:

The Villages Community Development Corporation (CDC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to accelerating economic development in the Villages of Detroit, a collection of neighborhoods located on Detroit’s near eastside, the boundaries of which are Mt. Elliott to Cadillac, and the Detroit River to Mack. The neighborhoods that make up the Villages are West Village, Indian Village, the Berry Subdivision, East Village, Islandview Village, and the Gold Coast. Through business attraction, community advocacy and organizing, and urban design and planning, the Villages CDC seeks to strengthen and preserve the social and economic fabric of one of the most diverse and longstanding communities in Detroit. For more information, visit http://thevillagesofdetroit.com.

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan is a permanent community endowment built by gifts from thousands of individuals and organizations committed to the future of southeast Michigan.  The Foundation works to improve the region’s quality of life by connecting those who care with causes that matter.  The Foundation supports a wide variety of activities benefiting education, arts and culture, health, human services, community development and civic affairs.  Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed more than $415 million through more than 35,500 grants to nonprofit organizations throughout Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw, St. Clair and Livingston counties.  For more information, please visit www.cfsem.org.      

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