Member News Roundup ~ July

[This post is part of the monthly CEDAM Member News Roundup series.  If you have news to share, send it our way or leave a message in the comments section at the bottom of this post.]

Bay County received the 2010 Digital Counties Survey national award from the Center for Digital Government.  The county was presented with the honor of a top 10 rating in the under-150,000 population category.  They were judged based on their cutting-edge technologies, collaborative projects with multiple jurisdictions, transparency and technologies deployed that improved life for government employees and citizens.

Michigan Neighborhood Partnership opened a new Neighborhood Service Center at Eastland Mall in Harper Woods on July 8th.  The new center is a one-stop location for housing assistance, including foreclosure prevention and intervention, and housing counselors to assist area residents.  In the future, the center plans to have academic tutoring and microenterprise development.

Durant Hotel

The Genesee County Land Bank, Flint city officials, and private investors are redeveloping Flint’s historic Durant Hotel into market-rate urban apartments and commercial spaces for rent.  The 1920s hotel has been empty for thirty-five years and is located on the north end of Flint’s central city.  The redevelopment will be completed on August 15th, though many of the stylish new lofts are already being rented out.

Detroit’s Southwest Solutions will be holding their 5th Annual “Solutions at Sunrise” fundraising breakfast on Wednesday, October 6 from 8am to 9am at the Detroit Masonic Temple.  The event raises funds to support Southwest Solutions’ work with formerly homeless veterans living in their Paquette Square project, young children learning in their family literacy program, and adults striving for better employment through their workforce development program.  The breakfast will feature testimonies and an address by the organization’s president, John Van Camp.