Community Development Fellowship Program

In summer 2018, CEDAM was selected through a competitive process to administer a new community development fellowship for the Round 2 Project Rising Tide communities.

Program Overview

While Michigan has largely rebounded from the economic recession of the late 2000s, many communities still struggle to meet their economic potential. Created in 2015, Governor Rick Snyder and the Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development introduced the Project Rising Tide program to provide at-risk communities with the tools they need to build successful, vibrant communities. Ten communities were chosen as Rising Tide communities based on a series of economic factors including poverty levels, unemployment rates and labor participation rates. These communities received significant technical assistance and resources to help them reach their potential. Now entering its second phase, 10 new Rising Tide communities were recently selected:

The Community Development Fellowship for Project Rising Tide seeks to assist each of the Round 2 Rising Tide communities with capacity building along with building a strong planning, zoning and economic development plan. Each fellow will work with a local steering committee and implement transformational projects within their community that align with their Rising Tide Action Strategies.

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