Blog Posts Categorized: All Things CEDAM

Michigan eLibrary for Businesses

Written by Deb Renee Biggs, Michigan eLibrary & Outreach Coordinator, Library of Michigan ____________________________________ “Particularly for micro businesses, this could be a powerful resource to starting a business, as well as maintaining business practices.” ____________________________________ The Michigan eLibrary, otherwise known as MeL, is Michigan’s online library resource. With origins dating back from 1992, this free… Read more »

Food Forward MI: Farm to School

__________________________________________________________________ “Combating childhood obesity, diabetes and other nutrition related disease can start in the classroom and extend to the family as students are educated and then empowered to make healthy food choices.” __________________________________________________________________ Rewind to 2015’s Where Food Access and Community Development Merge post, we reiterate that a community food system isn’t just about connecting… Read more »

Proposed HUD Rule on FMRs

Written by Heidi Kurniawan, Policy Intern The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently published a proposed rule that aims to give low-income residents more choice by reworking the Section 8 housing-voucher program. The current program gives housing assistance through coupons that cover a portion of rents, and for a number of reasons, these vouchers… Read more »

Food Forward MI: Agriculture Workforce Development

Written by Mary ZumBrunnen, CEO of One-Community Consulting ________________________________________________________________________________________ “…the gap between available talent and labor needed is expected to grow significantly over the next few decades. Once again, Michigan is at a crossroads of opportunity.” ________________________________________________________________________________________ Michigan is currently seeing a decline in small and mid-sized farms across the state. This trend has negatively impacted the state’s… Read more »

CFPB’s New Rule

Written by Heidi Kurniawan, Policy Intern In Michigan, there are more payday loan stores than there are McDonald’s and Tim Horton’s franchises combined. Advertisements for these loans make them seem like a fast and easy way to get cash when you’re in a financial bind. What they don’t tell you, however, is that four out… Read more »

Membership Spotlight: PNC’s Community Development Banking

Written by Kaylee Kellogg, Communications Intern _______________________________________________________________________________________ “We help low- to moderate-income community members access the bank and work with those servicing the community through financial education, specialized products, access to business capital and providing grant and sponsorship dollars.” _______________________________________________________________________________________ When most people hear PNC Bank, they probably think of a bank that offers financial… Read more »

The Municipal Effect

Written by Megan Kursik, Coordinator of the Michigan Communities for Financial Empowerment In 2013, the City of Lansing was one of five cities competitively selected to launch a Financial  Empowerment Center to seamlessly integrate free, professional financial counseling with core city and nonprofit services. It’s now more than three years later and the cities came together last week to… Read more »

Food Forward MI: Food Innovation Districts

____________________________________________________________________________________ “Michigan has tremendous opportunity to grow our health and economy while maintaining ecological diversity and cultural heritage.” ____________________________________________________________________________________ “A food innovation district is a geographic concentration of food-oriented businesses, services and community activities that local governments support through planning and economic development initiatives in order to promote a positive business environment, spur regional food… Read more »