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Two Ideas to Inspire Community Development

Written by Lisa Assenmacher, Communication & Training Specialist What inspires your work? Is it hearing about innovative ways that community developers have implemented solutions that change the way we problem-solve in our own neighborhoods? Or, is it experiencing the energy and passion of people who have spent a number of years working towards similar goals?...

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5 Key Components to a Successful Board of Directors

Written by Lisa Assenmacher, Communications & Training Specialist Whether you are working for an organization with a board, or have sat on a board of directors, we all likely share similar experiences within the nonprofit world. I had the pleasure of sitting in on a session at the Building Michigan Communities Conference in April led...

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CEDAM member Amber Paxton assumes national leadership role as co-chair of the Cities for Financial Empowerment Coalition

Written by: Megan Kursik, Coordinator of the Michigan Communities for Financial Empowerment Cities from across the U.S. convened in Miami last week for the bi-annual Cities for Financial Empowerment (CFE) Coalition Forum. The CFE Coalition is a group of city governments committed to supporting the financial capability of their residents through innovative programs and local...

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6 Things To Do in Lansing

Written by Lisa Assenmacher, Communication & Training Specialist Whether a frequent or first-time visitor, there are a lot of things to do during a trip to Lansing. With the upcoming Building Michigan Communities Conference in mind, CEDAM staff put together this list of six things to do in Lansing. 1. Take a Walk on Washington...

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What is it Like to Live in Poverty?

Written by Lisa Assenmacher, Communications & Training Specialist “We pledge ourselves to liberate all our people from the continuing bondage of poverty, deprivation, suffering, gender and other discrimination.” This famous statement by Nelson Mandela rings true for people working to create vibrant communities and provide supportive services for people. Serving our communities, we all have a...

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3 Reasons to Attend the Small Town & Rural Development Conference

Written by Jessica AcMoody, Senior Policy Specialist at CEDAM Every year in April, the Michigan Rural Council hosts the Small Town and Rural Development Conference. The conference attracts everyone from city managers to Chamber Directors to local economic development professionals who are interested and passionate about small towns in Michigan and the great potential of...

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Voices of AmeriCorps: Danielle Harvey

My name is Danielle Harvey, and I am an AmeriCorps member serving at Community Housing Network in Troy as a Foreclosure Prevention Intake Specialist. I receive calls from clients who need help with delinquent property taxes and/or mortgage payments. I point eligible clients to the Step Forward Michigan Program, and help them keep their homes....

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Strategies For Revitalization: City of Westland

Written by Lisa Assenmacher, Communications & Training Specialist When faced with population decline and disinvestment, many communities struggle to find the key dynamics that will help them revitalize. Safe and affordable housing is really only one, albeit important, piece of the process. Nonprofits and municipalities across Michigan realize that in order to solve the issues...

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Voices of AmeriCorps: Mandy Barlow

Since I began my AmeriCorps term in October of 2015, I have come to learn a lot about the community in which I reside, volunteer, raise my family and plan on growing old. Being the mother of two teenage sons, I am incredibly aware of the need for financial literacy of our youth. However, it...

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4 Opportunities to Increase Economic Stability

Written by Lisa Assenmacher, Communication and Training Specialist Financial instability is the root of many of the challenges that community economic development organizations work with on a daily basis when serving clients. You can help your community address economic instability in four ways. 1. Call attention to economic disparity in your community by showcasing data...