Fellow Feature: Josh Prusik on being a resource to Cass City, diving into zoning, and more
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Fellow Feature: Josh Prusik on being a resource to Cass City, diving into zoning, and more

CEDAM’s community development fellowship places 10 fellows in communities engaged or certified in MEDC’s Redevelopment Ready Communities for a fifteen month placement that started June 2020. This blog post is a part of our #FellowFeature series highlighting the work fellows are doing to support and advance the community economic development goals of their communities.  CEDAM’s director of...

Governor Whitmer’s Budget Proposal Includes funding for key community economic development initiatives
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Governor Whitmer’s Budget Proposal Includes funding for key community economic development initiatives

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  February 11, 2021 Whitmer’s budget recommendations include $2 million for Children’s Savings Accounts (CSA) programs and $10 million for the Michigan Housing and Community Development Fund (MHCDF) LANSING, MI—Governor Whitmer’s budget proposal released today includes appropriations for key community economic development initiatives. The proposal includes $2 million for Children’s Savings Accounts (CSA)...

Frankenmuth Fellow Ashley McKnight helps connect residents not only to local government, but to each other
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Frankenmuth Fellow Ashley McKnight helps connect residents not only to local government, but to each other

CEDAM’s community development fellowship places 10 fellows in communities engaged or certified in MEDC’s Redevelopment Ready Communities for a fifteen month placement that started June 2020. This blog post is a part of our #FellowFeature series highlighting the work fellows are doing to support and advance the community economic development goals of their communities.  CEDAM’s...

CEDAM Receives Consumers Energy Foundation Grant
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CEDAM Receives Consumers Energy Foundation Grant

$100,000 grant helps expand service delivery to support low-income and vulnerable Michiganders during COVID-19 Lansing, MI – CEDAM (Community Economic Development Association of Michigan) has received a $100,000 grant from the Consumers Energy Foundation supporting CEDAM’s financial empowerment and asset building programs. These programs create barrier-free access to resources and education to help low- to...

Michigan should take action to get more households banked
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Michigan should take action to get more households banked

Written by Madeleine March-Meenagh and Brian Rakovitis, CEDAM Being banked is foundational to good financial health. Without a checking or savings account, “unbanked” households pay more in fees and interest for financial products than banked households— yearly they pay up to $3,000 per household, have limited access to credit, and lack protections for their money....

Aspirations lost: Youth focused asset-building programs are the key to maintaining hope for the future during a pandemic
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Aspirations lost: Youth focused asset-building programs are the key to maintaining hope for the future during a pandemic

Written by CEDAM’s Madeleine March-Meenagh, junior program evaluation associate and Brian Rakovitis, manager of financial empowerment initiatives COVID-19 has robbed us of our health and economic security; now it seeks to steal our youth’s hope for the future. A recent study shows the pandemic has precipitated an aspirations crisis for youth and young adults. The...

Getting to know Melvin Henley, CEDAM’s new coalition manager
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Getting to know Melvin Henley, CEDAM’s new coalition manager

CEDAM is excited to introduce its new coalition manager, Melvin Henley! Melvin was previously an organizational development consultant and strategy specialist at Nonprofit Enterprise at Work (NEW) and joins the CEDAM team with a wide range of experiences including strategy planning, board development and more. I met with Melvin (over Zoom) to learn more about...

Our future is stronger with Children’s Savings Accounts (CSA)
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Our future is stronger with Children’s Savings Accounts (CSA)

A quick glance at Michigan’s growing CSA field By Brian Rakovitis, manager of financial empowerment initiatives Removing barriers to postsecondary attainment in Michigan provides more opportunities for low- and moderate-income communities, improves the quality of life for residents, and helps combat inequality. Savings play an important role in achieving increased attainment. Studies have found that...