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.

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.   It is the legislative body that administers the Tax Increment Finance and Brownfield Redevelopment Authorities.  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.

  1. Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (BRA)
  2. Tax Increment Finance Authority (TIFA)

Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (BRA)

Brownfield properties are those in which the redevelopment or reuse of the property may be complicated by the presence or perception of contamination. Revitalizing and redeveloping these properties protects the environment, reuses existing infrastructure, minimizes urban sprawl, and creates economic opportunities.

The Brownfield Program uses tax increment financing (TIF) to reimburse brownfield related costs incurred while redeveloping contaminated, functionally obsolete, blighted, or historic properties. The BRA meets following the submission of a Brownfield Redevelopment Plan. The Authority promotes and facilitates the revitalization, redevelopment, and reuse of obsolete properties.


View all Brownfield Redevelopment Authority contracts


  • Aubrey Merhib, City Liaison

  • Vacant
    Term expires: 
  • James Allen
    Term expires: February 21, 2026
  • Scott Catallo
    Term expires: January 22, 2024
  • Selvan Murugan
    Term expires: September 18, 2027
  • Kiersten Beckwith
    Term expires: February 5, 2028
  • Matt Miller
    Term expires: May 4, 2025
  • Matthew Tyranski
    Term expires: November 15, 2026
  • Brigitte Jaward-Hachem
    Term expires: March 19, 2029
  • Vacant
    Term expires: July 16, 2024

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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