What Comes Next? 
The Michigan Community Development Association Moves Beyond the New Normal with its Upcoming Fall Conference

By Brian McGrain, Associate Director/Chief Operating Officer for CEDAM

For the past year, CEDAM has been providing contract services to the Michigan Community Development Association (MCDA). MCDA is a membership organization representing community development professionals across the state of Michigan. Typically, a MCDA member is an individual working to implement community development programs in the public sector; most MCDA members work for local units of government.  Dedicated to the exchange of ideas and information, and the development of public policies supportive of community development in accordance with community needs, MCDA holds periodic conferences and meetings to update members on policy, program, legislative, and technical information affecting the community development environment.

MCDA’s next conference is scheduled just around the corner, from September 5-7, 2012, at the Amway Grand Hotel in Grand Rapids. With the theme of What Comes Next: Beyond the New Normal, this conference will be acknowledging that we’re facing tough economic times in Michigan and will be including plenary sessions from representatives of HUD, MSHDA, and Governor Snyder’s administration who will be addressing future directions for community development in our state.  Additionally, technical sessions are being included for professionals who deal with the ins and outs of HUD and MSHDA programs. And as with all MCDA conferences, much time will be dedicated to allowing community development professionals to network with and learn from each other, all while taking in a variety of locations in one of Michigan’s most exciting downtowns.

More information on the conference can be found by visiting www.mcdahome.org. Registration is open through August 30, 2012. Information on membership is also available online.  Questions can be directed to Katie Fritz, 517-485-3588 or fritz@cedamichigan.org.