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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 »

Food Forward MI: Farm to Institution: A Supply Chain Opportunity (Part 2)

This is part two of a two part series. To read part one, click here. Regional economic partnership can build a local, healthy food supply chain ______________________________________ “The challenge in expanding the local food systems is to match the cost and convenience of customary distributors.” ______________________________________ Across Michigan through partnership support from philanthropic, health, academic,… Read more »

Food Forward MI: Farm to Institution: A Supply Chain Opportunity – Part 1

This is part one of a two-part series. How does local go mainstream? _____________________________________ “While some thought it was passing fancy, this movement is clearly not just for hipster foodies desiring an authentic experience.” _____________________________________ “Growing Community,” “Know Your Farmer,” “Taste the Local Difference” and many other tag lines are helping build public awareness by… Read more »

Beyond the Public Meeting: Raising the Bar for Equitable Community Engagement

Written by Aaron Goodman, CDAD Community Engagement Manager Equitable Public Involvement _____________________________________________________________________________ “When engagement is treated as an add-on to the “real” decision making or something that is done only to minimally satisfy legal or community requirements it leads to decisions, plans and developments that likely don’t reflect the input of the whole community.” _____________________________________________________________________________ We’ve… Read more »

Measuring and Evaluating Neighborhood Change

Written by Nina Holzer, Manager of CDC Advancement, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress We’ve all seen them. Article after article highlighting the comeback of cities, flocking of millennials to urban centers and revitalization of downtown. Many rust belt cities, whose population numbers plummeted over to the course of the past fifty years, are starting to see a deceleration… Read more »