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Theresa Zajac is Retiring from the SDBA!

Please join the Southwest Detroit Business Association in congratulating Theresa Zajac, Vice President for Programs, on her retirement today after serving Southwest Detroit businesses for more than 17 years!

Theresa Zajac

Theresa has overseen the development of the Southwest Detroit Greenway, the longest bike lane and route in Detroit, the planting of 300 trees along what will be the Iron Belle Trail, and the construction of 2.3 miles of the $6.4 Million West Vernor Highway Streetscape Project.

She has performed in multiple management roles at SDBA including fund development, budgeting, strategic planning and real estate development.

Theresa has done groundbreaking work on community policing issues and community engagement. She directed the implementation of state legislation that created the first Business Improvement District (BID) in Michigan and in 2007 she led the effort to launch the West Vernor & Springwells BID Board, the first BID in the state.  Theresa is passionate about her work in community organizing, especially with culturally and ethnically diverse communities.

According to SDBA president Robert Dewaelsche, “After more than a decade and a half at the SDBA, Theresa is leaving behind an impressive legacy, from real estate projects, streetscapes, and hundreds of trees and trails winding all across Southwest Detroit! She will be greatly missed and we wish her the best in her retirement!”

Friends and colleagues are invited to send congratulatory notes to Theresa c/o

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