New Fellowship Program Catalyzes Community Economic Development Across Michigan
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New Fellowship Program Catalyzes Community Economic Development Across Michigan

By Sarah Teater, Community Development Fellowship coordinator Community economic development projects are underway across the state thanks to a new fellowship managed by CEDAM. Last year, CEDAM was granted the opportunity to find the first cohort of community development fellows for Project Rising Tide. The fellows bring a diverse range of skills to their positions,...

Lakeshore Food Club’s Grow a Row Campaign
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Lakeshore Food Club’s Grow a Row Campaign

By Katie Lietz, program director at Lakeshore Food Club The Lakeshore Food Club put more fresh fruits and vegetables in the hands of people at risk for food insecurity in the summer of 2018. We sincerely thank Rural Partners of Michigan (RPM)* for the financial support that has helped launch our Grow A Row campaign...

What are the Potential Cuts in the 2018 Farm Bill?
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What are the Potential Cuts in the 2018 Farm Bill?

By Alexis Puente, policy intern What is the Farm Bill? The farm bill affects communities in many ways— it covers trade, nutrition, conservation and farmer protections, among other things. A new farm bill is introduced every four years, and the current farm bill is set to expire at the end of the 2018 fiscal year...

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Milan’s Third Thursday Events: A Farmers’ Market and more

Milan, pronounced MY-lan (not like Italy’s Mi-LAN) is a small town in Southeast Michigan with a lot of charm, and as it was quickly found, a lot of spirit. In 2015 the Michigan Rural Council (MRC), a CEDAM program, went to Milan and conducted a community assessment. These assessments allow rural communities to affordably identify...

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Voices of AmeriCorps: AmeriCorps Week Promotions in Grayling

Last month, Michigan’s AmeriCorps State and VISTA members celebrated a very special time in their service term year. The first full week of March was set aside as AmeriCorps Week, in which the AmeriCorps members across the state participated in a campaign to raise awareness about their program. Members participated in various outreach events, performed...

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AmeriCorps: Those Who are Willing to Serve

Written by Stevie Chilcote, VISTA Leader ____________________________________ “I feel that these life changes that I am making would not be possible without AmeriCorps offering me this incredible opportunity.” ____________________________________ AmeriCorps has always been bigger than one person. Since John F. Kennedy proposed a national service corps in 1963, over one million members have chosen to...

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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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The Bright Side: Rural

We released a new series of videos about small towns and rural areas in Michigan. Learn how to bring investment to a small town and see how others found surprising opportunities in Michigan’s rural areas. Huss Project, Three Rivers [watch now] Visit a historic former school in Three Rivers and take a tour of the future...

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