Fellow Feature: Space Summit brings exciting opportunities for Oscoda
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Fellow Feature: Space Summit brings exciting opportunities for Oscoda

What is the community you are working in and what makes it unique? I’m working in Oscoda Township. It’s unique because it is in the northeast part of the state and there are so many challenges that come with being removed from freeways and being a little off the beaten path. We also think of...

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...

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...

Ten Michigan Communities Selected to Host a Community Development Fellow
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Ten Michigan Communities Selected to Host a Community Development Fellow

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 7, 2020                               Contact: Sarah Teater, Program Manager, CEDAM (517) 485-2588 ext. 1949 | teater@cedamichigan.org Fellows will expand organizational capacity, increase local collaboration, and remove barriers to development. Lansing, MI—The Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM)...

Fellow Feature: Ensuring a more inclusive Hamtramck
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Fellow Feature: Ensuring a more inclusive Hamtramck

By Elliott Zelenak, former Hamtramck community development fellow  I moved to Hamtramck last fall prior to the start of the community development fellowship. I grew up in a town less than 30 minutes away and attended college in nearby Detroit—so while Hamtramck has always been on my radar, I never spent much time here, nor...

Fellow Feature: West Branch committed to finding childcare solutions
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Fellow Feature: West Branch committed to finding childcare solutions

By Samantha Fabbri, West Branch community development fellow West Branch was fortunate to be chosen as one of the communities to participate in Round 2 of Project Rising Tide (PRT). Early on, childcare, or rather the lack thereof, was identified as an action item that needed to be addressed in our community. Through technical assistance...

Community branding process highlights Albion’s rich history
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Community branding process highlights Albion’s rich history

Albion, MI residents gathered to discuss the city’s identity – the end product tells a larger story.  Written by: Linda LaNoue, Albion Community Development Fellow  Cultural and natural assets abound in Albion, a small town along the I-94 corridor between Jackson and Battle Creek. While the local post-secondary school, Albion College, has gained significant press...

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...

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,...

Fellow Feature: A Clean Sweep for Community Development in Ionia
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Fellow Feature: A Clean Sweep for Community Development in Ionia

Ionia’s Sweep the Streets project had one simple goal: Bring pride back to our downtown community. You can use this model in your small town, too. If you are ready to roll up your sleeves and get to work, check out this simple community development project that can quickly deliver a big dose of community...

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