The Bright Side: Blight Elimination

Witness drastic change in Michigan places that were abandoned and deteriorating. Get ideas on how to transform vacant spaces. Featured revitalization projects range from the 60 acre “Chevy in the Hole” brownfield in Flint to a tax foreclosed, blighted commercial property in Kalamazoo. Blight Intro [watch now] Businesses closed. People walked away from their homes. Blight […]

The Bright Side: Small Business

Designed for entrepreneurs, this episode covers starting a business, business incubators, locavesting, lending, patenting, DDA resources and the Microenterprise Network of Michigan. Episode Transcript Business Intro[watch now]Additional details on some of the videos in this episode. Starting a Business[watch now]Tips and tricks for starting a business in Michigan presented by the I-69 Trade Corridor Region SBDC. […]

The Bright Side: Food & Farm

Get a sample of fresh food scenes in Michigan that are solving challenges like food access, health and nutrition, and food and farm business success. Fresh Michigan Food [watch now] What do you do when you don’t have a car and the nearest produce section is 10 miles away? When your kids have never seen certain fruits […]

The Bright Side: Michigan Housing & Community Development Fund

If Michigan is going to be a comeback state, we need to find a way to create communities people want to live in. One of CEDAM’s policy goals is to fund the Michigan Housing and Community Development Fund. We traveled the state to visit completed and in-progress projects made possible by the fund to see […]

The Bright Side Features Shelter

What happens when a family suddenly needs a new place to live? Last month we had a chance to visit and collect success stories from some of our members and other organizations that provide emergency shelter and housing in Michigan. Introduction by Anne Grantner, Executive Director at Shelter of Flint[watch now] This episode begins at the […]

Back to Life: Detroit’s NSO Bell Building

The Michigan Historic Preservation Network fought to revitalize the historic Bell Building in Detroit and bring it back to its glory as supportive housing and a central location for Neighborhood Service Organization

The Bright Side – AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps members in Michigan fight poverty and hunger, improve literacy, reduce crime, prevent foreclosure and more.