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...

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,...

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...

Fellow Feature: The park project connecting downtown Shelby with a major trailway
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Fellow Feature: The park project connecting downtown Shelby with a major trailway

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...

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...

Frankenmuth Fellow Ashley McKnight helps connect residents not only to local government, but to each other
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Frankenmuth Fellow Ashley McKnight helps connect residents not only to local government, but to each other

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...

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 April 7, 2020                               Contact: Sarah Teater, Program Manager, CEDAM (517) 485-2588 ext. 1949 | teater@cedamichigan.org Fellows will expand organizational capacity, increase local collaboration, and remove barriers to development. Lansing, MI—The Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM)...

Fellow Feature: Ensuring a more inclusive Hamtramck
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Fellow Feature: Ensuring a more inclusive Hamtramck

By Elliott Zelenak, former Hamtramck community development fellow  I moved to Hamtramck last fall prior to the start of the community development fellowship. I grew up in a town less than 30 minutes away and attended college in nearby Detroit—so while Hamtramck has always been on my radar, I never spent much time here, nor...

Fellow Feature: West Branch committed to finding childcare solutions
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Fellow Feature: West Branch committed to finding childcare solutions

By Samantha Fabbri, West Branch community development fellow West Branch was fortunate to be chosen as one of the communities to participate in Round 2 of Project Rising Tide (PRT). Early on, childcare, or rather the lack thereof, was identified as an action item that needed to be addressed in our community. Through technical assistance...

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