Deconstruction, not demolition—the domicology movement is growing
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Deconstruction, not demolition—the domicology movement is growing

By Natalie Rogers, former junior policy associate All buildings have a life cycle, at least that is what Dr. Rex LaMore, director of the Michigan State University Center for Community and Economic Development, wants city planners to start realizing. Dr. LaMore and his team are working to advance domicology, a new way of thinking about...

CEDAM is Celebrating 10 Years of AmeriCorps
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CEDAM is Celebrating 10 Years of AmeriCorps

We’re excited to announce that CEDAM is celebrating 10 years of hosting AmeriCorps programs! Throughout the year, we’ll be interviewing alumni, highlighting current members, and sharing the impact our members have on their communities. To kick things off, check out these 10 fun facts about CEDAM’s AmeriCorps programs: More than 250 Michiganders have served with...

Michigan’s free tax filing programs get boost from the Consumers Energy Foundation
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Michigan’s free tax filing programs get boost from the Consumers Energy Foundation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 10, 2019 Contact: Ross H. Yednock, Program Director, MEIC Yednock@cedamichigan.org | 517.485.3588 Michigan’s Free Tax Filing Programs Get Boost from the Consumers Energy Foundation $200,000 grant will help train volunteers to prepare taxes and ensure tens of thousands of Michigan taxpayers receive free income tax assistance services  LANSING – Thanks to...

AmeriCorps Feature: Put the Volunteer in VITA
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AmeriCorps Feature: Put the Volunteer in VITA

By Nick Miller, CEDAM AmeriCorps member at Capital Area United Way For the past year I’ve been a CEDAM AmeriCorps member serving at Capital Area United Way (CAUW), assisting with their Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Being able to help in the field of financial stability was something that appealed to me, though it...

Fellow Feature: Community input, collaboration helps steer Manistee
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Fellow Feature: Community input, collaboration helps steer Manistee

By Lissette Reyes, community development fellow There are many ways to determine if a community is thriving. You can look at economic statistics, social trends, employment, demographics, and a number of other determinants; but how do we measure our community pride? What about the commitment from leadership to overcome challenges and move forward? Do these...

Meet CEDAM’s new AmeriCorps VISTA Leader, Zach Miller
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Meet CEDAM’s new AmeriCorps VISTA Leader, Zach Miller

CEDAM is excited to introduce Zach Miller, our new AmeriCorps VISTA leader. Zach joins the team with experience as both an AmeriCorps State and VISTA member. We talked to Zach about his AmeriCorps experiences and his upcoming service year. Emily: How long have you been involved with AmeriCorps? Zach: I started with the AmeriCorps State...

Partners for Rural America Announce New Leadership and 2019 Ron Shaffer Award Recipient
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Partners for Rural America Announce New Leadership and 2019 Ron Shaffer Award Recipient

CONTACT: Jessica AcMoody, 517.485.3588 Lansing, MI – Partners for Rural America (PRA) announced that Jessica AcMoody, senior policy specialist of the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM), was elected to serve as the next chair of its Board of Directors. “Having worked in community and rural development for more than a decade, I am...

Member Spotlight: Lake Trust Foundation Awards More Than $45,000 in Scholarships for Community Impact and Skilled Trades
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Member Spotlight: Lake Trust Foundation Awards More Than $45,000 in Scholarships for Community Impact and Skilled Trades

The Lake Trust Foundation, a CEDAM member, awarded more than $45,000 in scholarships to Michigan residents during its annual scholarship award celebration on September 4, 2019. Lake Trust Foundation President David Snodgrass presented LaToya Wright of Muskegon with a Community Impact Scholarship that rewards an aspiring community-oriented entrepreneur who wishes to run a business with...

Meet our new events & membership specialist, Shawn Masters!
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Meet our new events & membership specialist, Shawn Masters!

CEDAM is excited to welcome and introduce our new events & membership specialist, Shawn Masters! Shawn joins our team with a long history working in the nonprofit sector and a strong connection to our organization’s mission.  Emily: Tell me about your experience in the nonprofit world? Shawn: My very first experience with nonprofit work, I...

Welcome, LEO: New state department provides momentum to tackle economic opportunity challenges
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Welcome, LEO: New state department provides momentum to tackle economic opportunity challenges

By Luke Forrest, executive director This week marks the official start date of Michigan’s newest state agency, the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO). It’s not an event that seems to have garnered much attention, which maybe isn’t surprising given that it’s August—it’s been more than two months since the department was first announced,...