Dearborn Mayor Abdullah H. Hammoud and Dearborn Heights Mayor Bill Bazzi will address local business leaders and the public at the Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce’s “A Tale of our Cities” breakfast Q&A, the kick-off event for our Future Focused Speaker Series on Tuesday, January 16, 2024, from 8:00 am – 10:30 am at the Park Place Caterers in Dearborn.
Enjoy networking and breakfast followed by an enlightening and informational presentation by Mayors Bazzi and Hammoud. Both mayors will give a brief forecast as we steer into 2024 for our communities, followed by a question & answer session.
“We are happy to again host our Mayors – both key leaders in the region’s continuing economic growth and vitality. This event focuses us all on what’s next and how we can all contribute to a successful 2024 as we continue to build a great place to live, work and thrive” remarked Chamber Chair Hassan Bazzi.
Space is limited and registration is required for this event. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the Chamber website through January 14, 2024. To register and for more information, please visit the Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce online at www.dearbornareachamber.org or by phone at 313-584-6100.
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About Dearborn Mayor Abdullah H. Hammoud
The proud son of immigrant parents, Mayor Abdullah Hammoud has been an unwavering advocate for his hometown of Dearborn for more than a decade. As Mayor, he is committed to reinventing government to deliver results for working families and residents in every corner of the city.
Throughout his career, Mayor Hammoud has provided bold leadership for Michigan and Dearborn with a thoughtful, pragmatic approach to government that puts people first. As the city’s seventh mayor, that will include investing in infrastructure, improving public health and safety, and delivering quality services while lowering the tax burden on residents.
In three terms representing Dearborn in the Michigan House of Representatives, Mayor Hammoud has pushed for resources and shaped policy to improve quality of life and create a more resilient city. That work secured nearly $100 million in direct investment in transformational infrastructure projects such as the Miller-Rotunda Bridge. He remains committed to addressing Dearborn’s aging infrastructure while pursuing innovative solutions to mitigate chronic flooding and upgrade technology to improve the city’s operations.
His deep roots in environmental advocacy date back to his election as the youngest member for the Michigan League of Conservation Voters in 2014 where he fought to protect Michigan’s land, air, and water, and develop environmentally conscious policy. As State Representative, he rallied the community to hold polluters accountable and provided the blueprint for the current policy passed by City Council to improve Dearborn’s air quality.
Blending his background in epidemiology and finance, Mayor Hammoud has also served as a state and national health expert advising major health care systems where he developed strategies to maximize revenue streams, create cost-saving strategies, and identify gaps in health care coverage. This included helping manage the $45 billion UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust Fund while at the Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation, as well as serving as the Vice Chair of Michigan’s $30 billion Health and Human Services Budget in the Michigan House of Representatives. As mayor, he will use this experience to help properly fund Dearborn’s pension system and maximize city revenue while creating cost-savings that provide tax relief.
A product of Dearborn Public Schools and three-time graduate of the University of Michigan, Mayor Hammoud believes in the transformative power of education. He has master’s degrees in business administration and public health, and a bachelor’s degree in science.
About Dearborn Heights Mayor Bill Bazzi
Bazzi has served in the U.S. Marines and worked for decades as a Ford engineer, living in Dearborn Heights since 1997. Born in Lebanon, he immigrated to the U.S. at age 10, graduating from Fordson High School in Dearborn.
After school, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps, serving from 1984 to 1988 in active duty. Bazzi later served in the Marine Corps Reserve from 1999 to 2016, rising in rank to gunnery sergeant. During his 21 years of service in the Marine Corps, Bazzi said he served as military police, intelligence chief, and in operations and intelligence as a senior enlisted leader. He worked on a program supported by the U.S. State Department to help newly elected officials in Morocco and Tunisia embrace democracy.
Bazzi also worked around the world to help counter terrorism, work with U.S. embassies, and train foreign militaries of U.S. allies.
Bazzi earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in aerospace engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida.
He first worked at Boeing, serving as a quality manager and lead auditor, and then joined Ford in 1999, becoming a product development engineer. Working for 23 years at Ford, he retired from the auto company after becoming mayor.
Bazzi has been active with veteran’s groups, serving as president of Ford’s Veterans Network Group and commander of the Dearborn Allied War Veterans Council.
About The Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce
The Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce is a driving force in the development and promotion of our membership and the communities in which we do business. Representing and advocating for businesses in the communities of Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Taylor, the Conference of Western Wayne and across SE Michigan for our members, the chamber offers many exciting ways to learn, inform, and network.