Blog Posts By: Emily Reyst http://cedam.info/author/emily/

Passing the Baton: VISTA Leaders Reflect on the Past Year and Look Forward to the Next

Before Stevie Chilcote started her year of Service as a VISTA Leader, CEDAM’s sole AmeriCorps program was the Michigan Financial Opportunity Corps (MFOC), run by Rachel Diskin. From running the MFOC and working closely with the Michigan Rural Council, it was realized that there was a need for capacity building in rural nonprofit organizations. In… Read more »

National Housing Week of Action: How Housing Changed My Life Rally & Storytelling Event Recap

“Housing matters. We contend that if we don’t get housing right, nothing else works,” said Habitat for Humanity Michigan Executive Director, Sandy Pearson, in her opening speech for the How Housing Changed My Life rally and storytelling event. The event, held on July 26, 2017, brought organizations, community members and those who have experienced homelessness… Read more »

Milan’s Third Thursday Events: A Farmers’ Market and more

Milan, pronounced MY-lan (not like Italy’s Mi-LAN) is a small town in Southeast Michigan with a lot of charm, and as it was quickly found, a lot of spirit. In 2015 the Michigan Rural Council (MRC), a CEDAM program, went to Milan and conducted a community assessment. These assessments allow rural communities to affordably identify… Read more »

Meet CEDAM’s New Manager of Financial Empowerment Initiatives

We are excited to welcome Brian Rakovitis, our new manager of financial empowerment initiatives, to the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM) team! Rakovitis has made his way back to CEDAM after starting as an AmeriCorps member through us. He served at United Way of Washtenaw County on the previously active Michigan Foreclosure Prevention Corps.  After his… Read more »

The Next Affordable Housing Project Leaders Graduate from Real Estate Development Boot Camp 2017

22 students graduated from Real Estate Development Boot Camp on June 8, 2017.

Twenty-two participants from differing economic development experience levels, five speakers from across the industry, four funding panel experts and a remote northern Michigan setting was the recipe for a successful Real Estate Development Boot Camp 2017. Every year the goal of Boot Camp is to equip attendees with the knowledge and skills needed to manage… Read more »