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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...

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FY16 Omnibus Spending Bill Released

Written by Linda Couch, Senior Vice President for Policy at the National Low Income Housing Coalition Congressional leaders released the text of the omnibus spending bill at about 1:30 am on December 16. The omnibus bill funds all 12 appropriations bills, including the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies bill, for FY16. The...

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Food Forward MI: Food Hubs Expanding Local Food Access

Written by Mary ZumBrunnen, Director of Talent & New Market Initiatives at Prima Civitas Typically triple bottom line businesses, food hubs are an increasingly economically viable piece of the supply chain puzzle as size-appropriate connections in local food systems. Co-chair of the Michigan Food Hub Network and Senior Associate Director of the Michigan State University (MSU)...

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Does Training Help Retain Employees?

Written by Lisa Assenmacher, Communications & Training Specialist Training is an investment by both management and the participant. If done effectively, everybody wins, including the organization and the broader mission. The nonprofit world certainly understands that resources for programing, much less training, can be difficult to secure. Moreover, this investment quickly adds up when you add up the...

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Food Forward MI: Where Food Access and Community Development Merge

A community food system isn’t just about connecting local growers to a farm market or boosting seasonal tourism. Everyone has a stake in community. Not only do we all eat, which affects our health and well-being, but we must purchase that food thereby contributing to our local economy. Food also transcends our culture and brings...

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The End to Step Forward Michigan

Written by Chad Coffman, Project Lead Michigan Hardest Hit Fund The Michigan State Housing Development Authority’s (MSHDA) foreclosure prevention program “Step Forward Michigan” is closing its website to new applications December 31, 2015.   December 31, 2015 – Last day to register a new Step Forward Michigan loan application. January 31, 2016 – Last day to submit applications to Step...

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Funding Michigan’s Roads

Written by Christian Gray, Policy Intern at CEDAM Finally, a road funding plan has escaped the wrath of legislative gridlock and has been sent to the governor’s office for approval. Late on Tuesday night, November 3, the House was able to garner the votes necessary to concur changes made earlier that afternoon in the Senate. The...

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Food Forward MI: An Introduction

Daily we hear that demand for fresh water, energy and food are rising. This causes many great concern and at times a sense of hopelessness, as media digestion can leave us reaching for antacids. A Growing Crisis: Food and Energy Shortages According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, across the globe,...

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Detroit Community Benefits Ordinance Update

By LaToya Morgan, Public Policy Manager for the Community Development Advocates of Detroit (CDAD) “Agreements reached through good faith negotiation with the legal weight of an ordinance will provide assurances that promises made are promises kept.” Proposing the Detroit Community Benefits Ordinance Grass roots community leaders are calling for an up or down vote from...

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Is There A Rental Crisis in the U.S.?

Written by Lisa Assenmacher, Communications and Training Specialist This infograph is reposted with permission. The community economic development industry is aware of the different housing types available to residents. What people choose to invest (or not) invest in, is based on opportunities and preferences, and with many changes arising over the past several decades. Most recently,...