Blog Posts By: CEDAM Staff

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 »

Foreclosure 101 and Step Forward Update

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Last month Tracie Coffman, Coordinator of the Michigan Foreclosure Task Force, gave an in-depth introduction to tax and mortgage foreclosure for new MFPC AmeriCorps members. This is an excellent primer for anyone new to the foreclosure process in Michigan. 1 Introduction: 2 Foreclosure Terminology: 3 Foreclosure Timeline: 4 Loss Mitigation: 5 Step Forward Update:… Read more »

Funding Sources for Community Economic Development

Below are some of the best places to use when you are seeking funding for community economic development in Michigan. CEDAM members can log in here to see more grant tools and our list of foundations and businesses that fund CED. KBS Funding Resources provides an up-to-date list of funding opportunities in Michigan. MSU Funding Center lists Michigan grant sources… Read more »

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…. Read more »

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… Read more »

Starting a Business in Michigan

Over the past few years, many CEDAM members have added new services to support small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs. Last month CEDAM connected with the I-69 Trade Corridor Michigan SBDC to film a Starting a Business class that covers everything entrepreneurs should consider to ensure that the business they start will be successful. We bundled… Read more »