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...

Why community economic development can be used as a tool to promote equity
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Why community economic development can be used as a tool to promote equity

At the end of the day, community economic development (CED) is about equity.  The idea of “community” goes far beyond the residential block — communities set the stage for residents, families, and countless generations to grow and thrive. They encompass a cohesive, nuanced system of all things in our environment that impact our well-being: businesses,...

Staff Feature: From intern to program coordinator, Bevertone Anyonga talks about his journey to a career in community development
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Staff Feature: From intern to program coordinator, Bevertone Anyonga talks about his journey to a career in community development

Bevertone Anyonga has been CEDAM’s program coordinator for just over a year. His journey into the community economic development field, however, started around six years ago in Kenya. For our latest staff feature, CEDAM’s Emily Reyst sat down with Bevertone to discuss why he cares so much about this work, and why he chose to...

Ten Michigan Communities Selected to Host a  Community Development Fellow
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Ten Michigan Communities Selected to Host a Community Development Fellow

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 20, 2021 Contact: Madeleine March-Meenagh Interim Program Manager, CEDAM madeleine@cedamichigan.org 517.485.3588 ext. 1943 Fellows will expand organizational capacity, increase local collaboration, and remove barriers to development.  Lansing, MI— The Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM) is excited to announce the ten communities chosen to host a community development fellow for...

In a time of crisis, CEDAM AmeriCorps members offer essential support and hope for communities across Michigan
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In a time of crisis, CEDAM AmeriCorps members offer essential support and hope for communities across Michigan

More than a year after the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in Michigan, we have seen every industry impacted in one way or another — but the crisis’s unwavering ripple effect was especially evident in the area of community economic development. Eviction posed a rising threat, many people in need were not receiving federal stimulus checks,...

Getting to know Melvin Henley, CEDAM’s new coalition manager
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Getting to know Melvin Henley, CEDAM’s new coalition manager

CEDAM is excited to introduce its new coalition manager, Melvin Henley! Melvin was previously an organizational development consultant and strategy specialist at Nonprofit Enterprise at Work (NEW) and joins the CEDAM team with a wide range of experiences including strategy planning, board development and more. I met with Melvin (over Zoom) to learn more about...

Our future is stronger with Children’s Savings Accounts (CSA)
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Our future is stronger with Children’s Savings Accounts (CSA)

A quick glance at Michigan’s growing CSA field By Brian Rakovitis, manager of financial empowerment initiatives Removing barriers to postsecondary attainment in Michigan provides more opportunities for low- and moderate-income communities, improves the quality of life for residents, and helps combat inequality. Savings play an important role in achieving increased attainment. Studies have found that...