The Economic Development Corporation (EDC) / Tax Increment Finance Authority (TIFA) / Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (BRA) are governed by a nine-member board appointed by the Mayor and subject to confirmation of the City Council. Members are appointed to six year terms.  These three Boards were combined to facilitate and coordinate the work of improving and redeveloping properties throughout the City for the betterment of its residents and businesses.

  1. Economic Development Corporation (EDC)
  2. Tax Increment Finance Authority (TIFA)
  3. Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (BRA)

Economic Development Corporation (EDC)

The EDC promotes, facilitates, and implements plans and projects that support economic and business development through programs and public improvement projects that create economic opportunity, provide entrepreneurial support, and preserve property values. 

The EDC reviews tax incentive requests received by the administration and provides a recommendation to the Westland City Council for consideration at a public meeting of the Council. Members of the EDC also make up and serve as the Board of Directors for the Tax Increment Finance Authority and the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority.


  • Aubrey Berman, City Official

  • William Ziemba, Chair
    Term expires: December 4, 2022
  • James Allen
    Term expires: February 21, 2022
  • Scott Catallo
    Term expires: January 22, 2024
  • Kaitlynn Riley
    Term expires: September 18, 2021
  • Gretchen Heincke
    Term expires: February 5, 2022
  • Matt Miller
    Term expires: May 4, 2025
  • Vacant
    Term expires: July 16, 2024
  • Matthew Tyranski
    Term expires: November 15, 2026
  • Vacant
    Term expires: 

Desired Skills

  • Business and Real Estate Development / Marketing Background
  • Banking / Finance Background
  • Tax / Finance Law Background
  • Architecture Background
  • Commercial Business Management Background

Diversity Breakdown

The information provided in the charts below and under each individual Board or Commission was self reported and the City does not warrant the accuracy of the information.

Age Breakdown
Ethnicity Breakdown
EDC Age BreakdownEDC Ethnicity Breakdown
Gender Breakdown
Geography Breakdown
EDC Gender BreakdownEDC Geography Breakdown


The board meets the second Tuesday of each month.
View the Boards and Commission Calendar for meeting information.

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
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