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Membership Spotlight: PNC’s Community Development Banking

Written by Kaylee Kellogg, Communications Intern _______________________________________________________________________________________ “We help low- to moderate-income community members access the bank and work with those servicing the community through financial education, specialized products, access to business capital and providing grant and sponsorship dollars.” _______________________________________________________________________________________ When most people hear PNC Bank, they probably think of a bank that offers financial...

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The Municipal Effect

Written by Megan Kursik, Coordinator of the Michigan Communities for Financial Empowerment In 2013, the City of Lansing was one of five cities competitively selected to launch a Financial  Empowerment Center to seamlessly integrate free, professional financial counseling with core city and nonprofit services. It’s now more than three years later and the cities came together last week to...

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Food Forward MI: Food Innovation Districts

____________________________________________________________________________________ “Michigan has tremendous opportunity to grow our health and economy while maintaining ecological diversity and cultural heritage.” ____________________________________________________________________________________ “A food innovation district is a geographic concentration of food-oriented businesses, services and community activities that local governments support through planning and economic development initiatives in order to promote a positive business environment, spur regional food...

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Michigan’s Home Heating Credit – Are you eligible?

Written by Ross Yednock, Program Director of the Michigan Economic Impact Coalition After a cold winter that seemed to drag on, warmer temperatures are here to stay…at least for a couple of months. Time to soak up the sun, enjoy the warmth and relax. So why am I ruining everyone’s enjoyment of this wonderful summer weather...

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Membership Spotlight: Community Action Agency

Written by Kaylee Kellogg, Communications Intern ____________________________________________________________________________________ “Different programs at the CAA are focused on the long term solutions of fixing issues and helping members of the community reach their own goals by addressing problems of poverty systematically, rather than just putting a band-aid on it.” ____________________________________________________________________________________ The Community Action Agency (CAA) serves Jackson, Lenawee...

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3 Takeaways from the Summit on Race and Inclusion

Written by Ross Yednock, Program Director of the Michigan Economic Impact Coalition The first time I ever visited Holland, Michigan was in January 1992, on a football recruiting visit to Hope College. At the time, I associated this area with its lack of diversity. This was because I remember that virtually everyone I met that day looked like...

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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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5 Important Things to Consider While Fundraising

Written by Kaylee Kellogg, Communications Intern Many people involved in the nonprofit sector will tell you there is very little “fun” in fundraising. You’re put in the position to ask people to back up what your organization believes in, and your left to their thoughts on what your organization may do with their donation or...

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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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Historic Resources in Michigan Jeopardized by Bill to Amend 1970 PA 169

On January 26, Rep Chris Afendoulis, R-Grand Rapids, and Sen. Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford introduced identical bills which were referred to the Local Government Committees of the House and Senate. HB 5232 and SB 720 will have a detrimental impact on historic resources and local historic districts through proposed amendments to Michigan Local Historic District Act,...

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