Michigan legislature includes $2M for Children’s Savings Accounts in 2021-22 budget
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Michigan legislature includes $2M for Children’s Savings Accounts in 2021-22 budget

On September 22, 2021, the Michigan legislature passed the almost $70 billion 2021-22 state budget with bipartisan support. Among community development resources for community revitalization, placemaking, and workforce development, CEDAM is especially excited for the State’s $2 million investment in Children’s Savings Accounts (CSAs). This first-of-its-kind investment into Michigan’s growing CSA field provides $1 million...

CEDAM members are uniquely positioned to support the Governor’s MI New Economy Plan
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CEDAM members are uniquely positioned to support the Governor’s MI New Economy Plan

CEDAM knows Michigan cannot achieve a prosperous, equitable economy without investments in core assets like housing and broadband. As we work to recover from the COVID-19 global pandemic, significant investments in our people and in our infrastructure are more critical than ever to create vibrant communities.  That’s why we were thrilled to be a part...

CEDAM Awards 2021 Gene Kuthy Award to Robert Donohue Jr. of the Michigan Downtown Association
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CEDAM Awards 2021 Gene Kuthy Award to Robert Donohue Jr. of the Michigan Downtown Association

The Gene Kuthy Award honors an exemplary board member serving at a community development organization in Michigan September 14, 2021—The Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM) is pleased to announce our 2021 Gene Kuthy Award winner, Robert (Bob) Donohue Jr. Bob serves on the Board of Directors for the Michigan Downtown Association (MDA). “Like...

CEDAM Awards 2021 Leader of the Year Award to Chanell Scott Contreras of ProsperUs
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CEDAM Awards 2021 Leader of the Year Award to Chanell Scott Contreras of ProsperUs

The Leader of the Year Award honors an exemplary CEDAM member engaged in innovative and impactful programming  September 15, 2021—The Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM) is pleased to announce our 2021 Leader of the Year winner, Chanell Scott Contreras. Chanell serves as the executive director of ProsperUS, one of the first Black-led Community...

How Gov. Whitmer’s $100 million MHCDF funding proposal could expand affordable housing and shape Michigan’s economy
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How Gov. Whitmer’s $100 million MHCDF funding proposal could expand affordable housing and shape Michigan’s economy

Today, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced her proposal to allocate $100 million for the Michigan Housing and Community Development Fund (MHCDF). These funds would be used for rental housing, rehabs, home ownership projects, and downtown development initiatives to alleviate affordable housing needs in Michigan. On a broader scale, this funding would have ripples of impact across...

Saint Johns fellow a key player in moving zoning, rebrand, other initiatives forward
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Saint Johns fellow a key player in moving zoning, rebrand, other initiatives forward

When it comes to building strong communities, every person has potential to make a big difference. CEDAM’s Community Development Fellowship places individuals in communities across Michigan that are engaged or certified in Redevelopment Ready Communities (RRC). These fellows serve for 15 months across a wide range of projects. The program is managed with support from the...

Using Children’s Savings Accounts for Economic Inclusion: A Q&A with Bonnie Gettys, Rep. Julie Calley and Jessica AcMoody
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Using Children’s Savings Accounts for Economic Inclusion: A Q&A with Bonnie Gettys, Rep. Julie Calley and Jessica AcMoody

At CEDAM, one of our current policy priorities is to secure statewide funding for Children’s Savings Accounts (CSAs), which are community-led programs that automatically enroll students in interest-bearing accounts that will grow until they graduate from high school. These programs are designed to improve family financial literacy, boost educational attainment for low-income children, promote post-secondary...

Driving recovery and inclusion: A Q&A with Joan Nelson, Kristi James and Jessica AcMoody about community economic development
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Driving recovery and inclusion: A Q&A with Joan Nelson, Kristi James and Jessica AcMoody about community economic development

In our first Summer of CEDAM webinar, we had the opportunity to discuss how community economic development can be used to uplift Michigan communities as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. At CEDAM, we believe that economic growth begins with access and equity – and that’s why we placed special emphasis on community economic development...

Children’s Savings Accounts 101: What they are and why they’re important
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Children’s Savings Accounts 101: What they are and why they’re important

Over the past few years, Children’s Savings Accounts (CSA) programs have been increasing in popularity across Michigan. These initiatives have been proven to strengthen inter-generational financial stability and increase the likelihood that a student will continue education after high school. But what are they, exactly, and how are they helping Michigan students and communities?  In...