Barry Murray was appointed Director of Economic and Community Development for the City of
He brings an impressive background of expertise in large-scale community and environmental planning and special development projects to the position including a wealth of experience related specifically to Dearborn and its development issues.
He is a former vice president at the SmithGroup JJR, where he was responsible for directing the “Cities and Communities” practice. In that capacity, he served as a facilitator for Dearborn’s 23-member Parking Task Force in 1997, and supervised a feasibility study for a proposed inter-modal rail passenger station in Dearborn’s west end.
In addition, he contributed to the development of a historic preservation designation in west
His career at SmithGroup JJR, a consulting firm specializing in planning, landscape architecture, civil engineering and environmental services, spanned the years 1985-2004. He also spent time in the
His responsibilities covered master planning, strategic planning, project administration, quality assurance, grant writing and community liaison services.
He holds a master’s degree in urban planning from the