Dan Carmody’s 30-year career in downtown and neighborhood revitalization began in 1977 in Rock Island, Ill. where Carmody grew Renaissance Rock Island from a staff of one and a half and a budget of $70,00 into one of the Midwest’s leading community-based development organizations. At the time of his departure in 2005, staffing had increased to 14 and the annual operating budget exceeded $3 million.
Since 2007, Carmody has served as president of Detroit’s Eastern Market Corporation (EMC) where he leads the nonprofit charged with converting one of Detroit’s most venerable institutions into one of the nation’s most comprehensive healthy metropolitan food hubs.
EMC seeks to leverage its long history of retail and wholesale markets, an adjacent cluster of local food businesses, and crop diversity from Michigan, Ontario and Ohio to radically fortify regional food systems.
EMC works with a wide variety of partners to build a great urban neighborhood around the market, to increase the supply of and demand for healthy food throughout Detroit, and to create new ventures and employment throughout the food supply chain.