The Chinatown-International District Business Improvement Association (CIDBIA) announced Jessa Timmer as its new Executive Director. Timmer comes to the CIDBIA with experience working on business development at Neighborhood Ventures, a community business organization, and the State of Michigan’s Main Street program. She has an extensive background in community engagement, capacity building and organizational leadership and she worked extensively with property owners, businesses and community members to build successful and thriving commercial districts.
She earned a Master’s in Public Administration with an emphasis on Urban and Regional Policy and Planning from Grand Valley State University in Michigan, and is passionate about working with community organizations interested in urban revitalization, historic preservation and protecting and promoting cultural integrity. (end)