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...

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...

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...

Governor Whitmer’s Budget Proposal Includes funding for key community economic development initiatives
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Governor Whitmer’s Budget Proposal Includes funding for key community economic development initiatives

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  February 11, 2021 Whitmer’s budget recommendations include $2 million for Children’s Savings Accounts (CSA) programs and $10 million for the Michigan Housing and Community Development Fund (MHCDF) LANSING, MI—Governor Whitmer’s budget proposal released today includes appropriations for key community economic development initiatives. The proposal includes $2 million for Children’s Savings Accounts (CSA)...

Community branding process highlights Albion’s rich history
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Community branding process highlights Albion’s rich history

Albion, MI residents gathered to discuss the city’s identity – the end product tells a larger story.  Written by: Linda LaNoue, Albion Community Development Fellow  Cultural and natural assets abound in Albion, a small town along the I-94 corridor between Jackson and Battle Creek. While the local post-secondary school, Albion College, has gained significant press...

Fellow Feature: Community input, collaboration helps steer Manistee
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Fellow Feature: Community input, collaboration helps steer Manistee

By Lissette Reyes, community development fellow There are many ways to determine if a community is thriving. You can look at economic statistics, social trends, employment, demographics, and a number of other determinants; but how do we measure our community pride? What about the commitment from leadership to overcome challenges and move forward? Do these...

Partners for Rural America Announce New Leadership and 2019 Ron Shaffer Award Recipient
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Partners for Rural America Announce New Leadership and 2019 Ron Shaffer Award Recipient

CONTACT: Jessica AcMoody, 517.485.3588 Lansing, MI – Partners for Rural America (PRA) announced that Jessica AcMoody, senior policy specialist of the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM), was elected to serve as the next chair of its Board of Directors. “Having worked in community and rural development for more than a decade, I am...

Fellow Feature: A Clean Sweep for Community Development in Ionia
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Fellow Feature: A Clean Sweep for Community Development in Ionia

Ionia’s Sweep the Streets project had one simple goal: Bring pride back to our downtown community. You can use this model in your small town, too. If you are ready to roll up your sleeves and get to work, check out this simple community development project that can quickly deliver a big dose of community...

Fellow Feature: The Unique Opportunity for Small Towns to Achieve Energy Goals
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Fellow Feature: The Unique Opportunity for Small Towns to Achieve Energy Goals

By Heather Nugen, Eaton Rapids community development fellow I moved to Eaton Rapids, Michigan last fall as part of CEDAM’s year-long community development fellowship. I have been living in larger urban areas for most of my life, but cities with lush landscapes aren’t unfamiliar to me. I grew up in Spokane, Washington, never more than...