Blog Posts Categorized: All Things CEDAM

5 Key Components to a Successful Board of Directors

Written by Lisa Assenmacher, Communications & Training Specialist Whether you are working for an organization with a board, or have sat on a board of directors, we all likely share similar experiences within the nonprofit world. I had the pleasure of sitting in on a session at the Building Michigan Communities Conference in April led… Read more »

6 Things To Do in Lansing

Written by Lisa Assenmacher, Communication & Training Specialist Whether a frequent or first-time visitor, there are a lot of things to do during a trip to Lansing. With the upcoming Building Michigan Communities Conference in mind, CEDAM staff put together this list of six things to do in Lansing. 1. Take a Walk on Washington… Read more »

Historic Resources in Michigan Jeopardized by Bill to Amend 1970 PA 169

On January 26, Rep Chris Afendoulis, R-Grand Rapids, and Sen. Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford introduced identical bills which were referred to the Local Government Committees of the House and Senate. HB 5232 and SB 720 will have a detrimental impact on historic resources and local historic districts through proposed amendments to Michigan Local Historic District Act,… Read more »

4 Opportunities to Increase Economic Stability

Written by Lisa Assenmacher, Communication and Training Specialist Financial instability is the root of many of the challenges that community economic development organizations work with on a daily basis when serving clients. You can help your community address economic instability in four ways. 1. Call attention to economic disparity in your community by showcasing data… Read more »

FY16 Omnibus Spending Bill Released

Written by Linda Couch, Senior Vice President for Policy at the National Low Income Housing Coalition Congressional leaders released the text of the omnibus spending bill at about 1:30 am on December 16. The omnibus bill funds all 12 appropriations bills, including the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies bill, for FY16. The… Read more »

Food Forward MI: Food Hubs Expanding Local Food Access

Written by Mary ZumBrunnen, Director of Talent & New Market Initiatives at Prima Civitas Typically triple bottom line businesses, food hubs are an increasingly economically viable piece of the supply chain puzzle as size-appropriate connections in local food systems. Co-chair of the Michigan Food Hub Network and Senior Associate Director of the Michigan State University (MSU)… Read more »

Does Training Help Retain Employees?

Written by Lisa Assenmacher, Communications & Training Specialist Training is an investment by both management and the participant. If done effectively, everybody wins, including the organization and the broader mission. The nonprofit world certainly understands that resources for programing, much less training, can be difficult to secure. Moreover, this investment quickly adds up when you add up the… Read more »

Food Forward MI: Where Food Access and Community Development Merge

A community food system isn’t just about connecting local growers to a farm market or boosting seasonal tourism. Everyone has a stake in community. Not only do we all eat, which affects our health and well-being, but we must purchase that food thereby contributing to our local economy. Food also transcends our culture and brings… Read more »

The End to Step Forward Michigan

Written by Chad Coffman, Project Lead Michigan Hardest Hit Fund The Michigan State Housing Development Authority’s (MSHDA) foreclosure prevention program “Step Forward Michigan” is closing its website to new applications December 31, 2015.   December 31, 2015 – Last day to register a new Step Forward Michigan loan application. January 31, 2016 – Last day to submit applications to Step… Read more »