Blog Posts By: A Guest Blogger

Book Review: The End of Loyalty

The End of Loyalty by Rick Wartzman book cover, showing a worker sitting at a desk on top of a construction belt running over a chair.

By Dennis West, president of Northern Initiatives and CEDAM board member I heard about an event that featured Rick Wartzman in Washington DC, and it was about his book, The End of Loyalty. I was not able to attend, but the Aspen Institute’s description was enough of a tease that I got the book. What… Read more »

Michigan Legislature Could Usher in New Era of Investment by Restoring State Historic Tax Credit

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Written by Nancy Finegood, executive director, Michigan Historic Preservation Network Seven years ago Michigan lost its historic tax credit—one of its most vital and valuable tools in preserving historic buildings—that, in its 12-year lifespan, brought billions of dollars in economic impact to our state. We’re working on bringing it back—and we need your help to… Read more »

Foreclosure Intervention Specialist Jael Cain Shares Client Story

Written by Jael Cain Hello, my name is Jael Cain and I am an AmeriCorps Foreclosure Intervention Specialist at Wayne Metro Community Action Agency! In this position my focus is to help people who are at risk of losing their homes. This is my second year as an AmeriCorps member and it has been especially… Read more »

Step Forward Michigan Program Helps Struggling Homeowners

Written by Chad Coffman Financial troubles can strike suddenly. An unexpected expense, sudden job loss or medical emergency can make it hard for a family to pay its mortgage, property taxes or condominium fees. Fortunately, the statewide Step Forward Michigan program can help homeowners stay in their homes by giving them the money they need… Read more »

Placemaking: For Anyone, Or Everyone?

Written by Susan Wenzlick, Department of Environmental Quality One of the buzzwords you hear a lot in arts and cultural circles is inclusion. Audiences for arts and culture have historically been overwhelmingly white, middle and upper income, and they are aging. Museums, symphonies, operas, and ballets recognize that they need to diversify their programming and attract… Read more »

Voices of AmeriCorps: Good Cents from Wayne Metro AmeriCorps Members

Written by the Corps Support Committee CEDAM AmeriCorps members Kimberly Yost and Jael Cain of Wayne Metro Community Action Agency scored a major success for the financial health of their community by hosting two well-attended Show Me the Money Day Events this February. Serving as AmeriCorps members in the Michigan Financial Opportunities Corps, the two are… Read more »

Voices of AmeriCorps: Shelby Soberalski

Written by the Corps Support Committee The Rural Opportunity VISTA Program’s members provide capacity building to organizations by expanding on existing programming or creating a new program from the ground up. The VISTAs in this cohort are hard-working, dedicated, and awesome! This month, as the great stories submitted by the AmeriCorps State Members and the AmeriCorps… Read more »

Call for Presenters for People & Places 2017

Written by Suzanne Gunther and Nina Arce, NACEDA A lot great things are happening in Michigan and we’re eager to share the tremendous accomplishments of Michigan’s community development sector on the national stage. Join us for the largest gathering of community development professionals in the country at People & Places 2017. Mark your calendars for May 31-June 2 in… Read more »

Collaborative Environment Between Officials and Community – Part 1

Written by Douglas Kelsey and David Gruber of Dispute Resolution Education Resources, Inc. (DRER) Local officials who wish to preside over a peaceful community might ask themselves how they and their constituents can create a collaborative climate in their town. In a collaborative environment, officials and citizens anticipate difficult issues and together seek solutions before… Read more »

6 Reasons Why Organizations Should Invest in Online Video

Written by Paul Schmidt, Production Manager at UnoDeuce Multimedia ______________________________________ “If you plan to have a foothold in the social media space, then adding online video is the very next step and it should be part of your online persona.” ______________________________________ In today’s world, a relative majority of the population has access to the Internet…. Read more »