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Hosted by our Economic Development Team




Featured Speakers



Director, Economic Development

DTE Energy


OCT 9, 2023 5PM

Ford Community & Performing Arts Center

15801 Michigan Avenue

Dearborn, MI 48126

A city that works for you

The Dearborn Building Expo is an event designed to bring together the many moving parts within the construction industry. Whether it's a home remodel for a Dearborn resident or a brand new development an investor is looking to make downtown, this expo will strive to provide the tools, resources, contacts and opportunities that are available within our community.

Our goal is to "match make" and empower the community with the information regarding what professional services are available through local contractors, the city, and neighboring communities. This event will target residents, new business owners, and investors looking to plant roots within the city of Dearborn

Khalil I. Rahal, a University of Detroit Mercy School of Law graduate, is the director of Economic Development at DTE Energy. In this role, Rahal is responsible for leading DTE’s efforts to drive economic development in communities across Michigan. Previously, Rahal served as the chief administrative officer for Wayne County, one of the largest counties in the United States. He managed multiple divisions of county government, including Economic Development, Department of Public Services, Facilities Buildings and Real Estate, Land Bank, Community Development and Management and Budget. 

Prior to that, he served as the county’s economic development director and as assistant prosecuting attorney for the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office. Rahal also has experience as a teacher in the Grand Rapids Public Schools.

Rahal serves as an active member of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, the Dearborn Corridor Improvement Board, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG), the Southeast Michigan Government Alliance (SEGA), the Work Force Development Board and the Wayne County Land Bank Board.

He has been recognized by Crain’s Detroit Business 40 under 40, Crain’s 50 People to Know in Government, the Yemeni Chamber of Commerce and the Arab American Chamber of Commerce. He also received the Medalist of the Year Award from the Michigan Economic Development Association.

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City of Dearborn


The Dearborn Building Expo will kick off the city's initiatives to provide further resources including the extension of permitting counter hours for the week of the expo. We aim to encourage attendees to start the permitting process early and take advantage of the services available. We will speak to the successes of the processes in place thus far and forecast what our next steps are moving forward within our new technological partnerships.

A EXPO setup including vendors that support both residential and commercial construction projects.
Vendors will be providing information in regards to their services, education materials, and offering giveaways and advertising collateral.

Vendor types will include:

  • Architectural Firms

  • Interior Design Firms

  • The Trades / Construction Professionals

  • Real Estate Brokers / Agents

  • Contractors

  • City Departments

  • Banking and Investment Resources

  • Community Resources / Programs

Mayor Abdullah H. Hammoud has been an unwavering advocate for his hometown of Dearborn for more than a decade and has been the city's mayor since 2022. Mayor Hammoud has provided bold leadership for Michigan and Dearborn with a thoughtful, pragmatic approach to government that puts people first. Prior to becoming Mayor, Hammoud was the youngest member for the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, served as a state and national health expert and served three terms representing Dearborn in the Michigan House of Representatives


As Mayor, he is committed to reinventing government to deliver results for working families and residents in every corner of the city.  He does this through the mission to invest in infrastructure, public health and safety, support Dearborn's small businesses and entrepreneurial spirit, and ensuring quality services for residents


Mayor Hammoud has stated that Dearborn has served as the birthplace of innovation, and the gateway to opportunity for tens of thousands of families. How in Dearborn, we are blessed to have the type of city and economy where anyone, no matter their birthplace, background, or family income, can build a prosperous life without leaving the city. 


His passion to continue to build Dearborn into a city that fosters opportunity at every life stage is supported by the commitment and team from the city's Economic Development Department who shares the vision to showcase why to grow and build in Dearborn.

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