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Finance Can Be Fun — Host a 2018 Show Me the Money Day Event

If you’re an organization helping residents in Michigan further their financial capability, you know that combining finances and fun can be tricky. However, it doesn’t have to be! Let CEDAM help you host an engaging Show Me the Money Day event in your community. What is Show Me the Money Day? Show Me The Money Day is a… Read more »

MEIC Learning Exchange 2017 Recap

On Friday, June 16, practitioners throughout Michigan gathered in Lansing to discuss the state of their Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Programs at the Michigan Economic Impact Coalition’s (MEIC) annual Learning Exchange. The 2017 filing season came with both new and recurring challenges: new filing software (TaxSlayer), volunteer recruitment/retention and building programs with low capacity…. Read more »

Better Than A Webinar

We thought we solved the problem of people not being able to make it to in-person trainings with the invention of the webinar. Maybe with a webinar they wouldn’t feel the need to pull out their cellphone or laptop and answer emails during the presentation. If you’ve hosted a webinar, you know this to not… Read more »

6 Steps for Writing a BIG Grant

Written by Olivia Courant, New Media Specialist Julie Powers has been writing HUD grants for twenty years. She has written almost 60 grants, and every one of them has succeeded. During the 2015 Building Michigan Communities Conference, she shared her methods on how to write successful large grants that have multiple organizations involved. Before starting, Julie emphasized that… Read more »

The Bright Side: Rural

We released a new series of videos about small towns and rural areas in Michigan. Learn how to bring investment to a small town and see how others found surprising opportunities in Michigan’s rural areas. Huss Project, Three Rivers [watch now] Visit a historic former school in Three Rivers and take a tour of the future… Read more »

Have You Noticed Any Immigrants?

In Southwest Detroit, Bridging Communities began to notice that not everyone was able to participate in their neighborhood programs. The small nonprofit had been developing housing, running intergenerational programs, a time bank and services for the elderly for a long time. Over those years the composition of their neighborhoods changed. Children from many new immigrant… Read more »

2015 Community Economic Development Award Winners

CEDAM board and staff are pleased to recognize many people and organizations this year as key contributors to the community economic development field. Congratulations to all of our awardees! Community Economic Development Leader of the Year Video Each year CEDAM recognizes a Community Economic Development Leader of the Year: a member who has engaged in creative… Read more »

Delray Neighborhood, Detroit

Delray resident Scott Brines points at a house in the neighborhood. “This house should be white.” The house is located near a metal processing plant, one of many different industries that at this point have practically consumed the Delray neighborhood. Scott looks at the rust-tinted house. “People have been breathing in that fine metal dust for… Read more »

National Disappearance of CHDOs due to HOME

Recently CEDAM attended a national summit for community economic development associations. One of the roundtables focused on HUD’s HOME program and the 2013 HOME rule change that has resulted in mass disappearance of CHDOs across the country. Summary of HOME Rule Change State Impacts [PDF] The conversation covered problems states are facing with the HOME rule change,… Read more »

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… Read more »