Developing Vibrant Communities

What is the Developing Vibrant Communities conference?

Developing Vibrant Communities (DVC) is designed to inspire and equip practitioners and advocates with the community economic development and financial empowerment strategies needed to positively transform their communities. This is CEDAM and CDAD’s premier training event for those working to make their communities inclusive, empowered, sustainable and vibrant.

Conference Details

August 22-23, 2019
Federal Reserve Bank
1600 E Warren Ave, Detroit, MI 48207

This year’s session will focus on:

  • Neighborhood-based housing and real estate development
  • Financial empowerment
  • Fair housing policy and advocacy
  • Equity & inclusion
  • Capacity building

View the 2019 draft agenda 

Gene Kuthy Award

To honor the late Gene Kuthy, CEDAM honors a current or former board member of a CEDAM member organization who embodies Gene’s positive and unique attributes: fun, larger than life, generous, an incredible networker, a champion of a particular program and more. The Award will be presented at DVC and $2,500 will be given to the organization in which the recipient serves. The application period is now closed.

Photos from the 2018 conference

Interested in being a sponsor for the event?

Contact Ben Dowd at or 517.485.3588 for more information.