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...

Fellow Feature: The Unique Opportunity for Small Towns to Achieve Energy Goals
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Fellow Feature: The Unique Opportunity for Small Towns to Achieve Energy Goals

By Heather Nugen, Eaton Rapids community development fellow I moved to Eaton Rapids, Michigan last fall as part of CEDAM’s year-long community development fellowship. I have been living in larger urban areas for most of my life, but cities with lush landscapes aren’t unfamiliar to me. I grew up in Spokane, Washington, never more than...

Community Investment Tax Credit Programs: Catalysts for Locally-driven Solutions
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Community Investment Tax Credit Programs: Catalysts for Locally-driven Solutions

By Natalie Rogers, junior policy associate Community Development Corporations (CDCs) address a wide-range of problems and are well positioned to do the work their community needs and wants. While CDCs have the potential to address local issues in their community, their funding models often limit what they are able to accomplish. The limitations under the...

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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