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...

Program evaluation part 2: Systematic thinking to inform and enhance your evaluation process
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Program evaluation part 2: Systematic thinking to inform and enhance your evaluation process

This blog is part two of a mini-series on program evaluation. Read part one. Good intentions and reasonable approaches can’t guarantee an effective program, but systematic evaluation can help us get closer to achieving our objectives. Program evaluation is the process of investigating the effectiveness of programs in ways that are adapted to their specific...

CEDAM AmeriCorps member Suzanne Fenske brings varied experiences and a passion for service to Community Housing Network
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CEDAM AmeriCorps member Suzanne Fenske brings varied experiences and a passion for service to Community Housing Network

Like many things in life, Suzanne Fenske found AmeriCorps when she wasn’t looking for it. She first learned about the program after attending financial education events and classes. The presenter, who was the AmeriCorps manager where she currently serves, told her about the AmeriCorps opportunity — and the rest is history.  Suzanne, who was looking...

Boosting Earned Income Tax Credits participation to combat poverty & build community
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Boosting Earned Income Tax Credits participation to combat poverty & build community

1 in 5 Michigan households aren’t claiming tax credits they’ve earned — but we can do something about it Authors: Brian Rakovitis and Madeleine March-Meenagh State and Federal Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs) are important anti-poverty programs that provide financial relief to hard-working, low-income Michigan households. At an average EITC value of $2,461 per federal...

Community leaders: 3 ways to use your federal stimulus to reduce poverty
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Community leaders: 3 ways to use your federal stimulus to reduce poverty

By Luke Forrest As we emerge from a pandemic that hit low-income workers and children inordinately hard, your community will soon deal with an injection of money that could have unprecedented impacts on eliminating poverty. As the head of a nonprofit that has worked on anti-poverty issues since 1998, I can’t state strongly enough that...

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,...

Fellow Feature: Space Summit brings exciting opportunities for Oscoda
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Fellow Feature: Space Summit brings exciting opportunities for Oscoda

What is the community you are working in and what makes it unique? I’m working in Oscoda Township. It’s unique because it is in the northeast part of the state and there are so many challenges that come with being removed from freeways and being a little off the beaten path. We also think of...

Fellow Feature: Josh Prusik on being a resource to Cass City, diving into zoning, and more
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Fellow Feature: Josh Prusik on being a resource to Cass City, diving into zoning, and more

CEDAM’s community development fellowship places 10 fellows in communities engaged or certified in MEDC’s Redevelopment Ready Communities for a fifteen month placement that started June 2020. This blog post is a part of our #FellowFeature series highlighting the work fellows are doing to support and advance the community economic development goals of their communities.  CEDAM’s director of...