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Andrea Plevek Named New OCED Director

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The Office of Community & Economic Development (OCED) is pleased to announce Andrea Plevek as its new Director.

Formally announced at the November 16th Board of Commissioners meeting; Ms. Plevek assumes her new role with 10+ years nonprofit and public sector experience alongside an extensive background in poverty issues, housing and homelessness systems, social service interventions, and nonprofit management. 

Andrea Plevek Headshot.jpgPreviously in the role of OCED Human Services Manager and recently Interim OCED Director; she will continue to work with community partners and stakeholders to delivery critical community services:

  • Housing of homeless veterans and chronically homeless individuals through “Built for Zero” – a national campaign to end chronic and veteran homelessness.
  • Serving lunch and home-delivered meals to seniors 60+ through the OCED Senior Nutrition Program and Meals on Wheels. 
  • Providing academic and social support to Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti school districts through the “Foster Grandparent” Program. 
  • Improvements to the Washtenaw Avenue corridor through “Reimagine Washtenaw” – a multi-jurisdictional effort managed by OCED to increase transit use, walkability, and economic vibrancy.
  • Self-guided historic tours as part of the OCED Historic Preservation program to celebrate, protect and preserve the county’s historic and cultural resources.
  • Home maintenance, weatherization assistance and free furnace tune-up services to county households through the OCED Weatherization Assistance and Test & Tune programs.
  • Leveraging emergency funding to assist county residents with eviction prevention, move-in costs and utility shut offs through “Barriers Busters” –  a group of 80+ social service provider agencies committed to improving services for Washtenaw County residents in need.
  • Growing local economies and fostering prosperity through community partnerships, investments in key economic growth areas and services, and technical assistance to local units of government.
  • Adding 3,139 affordable rental units in expensive housing markets (over a 20-year period); while stabilizing and growing neighborhoods on the east side of the county.
  • Examining equity and opportunity in Washtenaw County through an “Opportunity Index – a tool used to understand the county’s equity landscape in five key areas: health, education, job access, economic vitality, and neighborhood safety and stability. 

OCED contributes to the quality of life for all Washtenaw County residents through a mix of direct services to residents, public policy development, and supporting businesses and non-profit partners through investment of monetary and technical resources. 

Looking forward to 2017, the Office of Community & Economic Development will continue its work in the areas of affordable housing, economic development, human services, and community infrastructure.

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