Blog Posts Categorized: All Things CEDAM

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 »

Funding Michigan’s Roads

Written by Christian Gray, Policy Intern at CEDAM Finally, a road funding plan has escaped the wrath of legislative gridlock and has been sent to the governor’s office for approval. Late on Tuesday night, November 3, the House was able to garner the votes necessary to concur changes made earlier that afternoon in the Senate. The… Read more »

Food Forward MI: An Introduction

Daily we hear that demand for fresh water, energy and food are rising. This causes many great concern and at times a sense of hopelessness, as media digestion can leave us reaching for antacids. A Growing Crisis: Food and Energy Shortages According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, across the globe,… Read more »

Detroit Community Benefits Ordinance Update

By LaToya Morgan, Public Policy Manager for the Community Development Advocates of Detroit (CDAD) “Agreements reached through good faith negotiation with the legal weight of an ordinance will provide assurances that promises made are promises kept.” Proposing the Detroit Community Benefits Ordinance Grass roots community leaders are calling for an up or down vote from… Read more »

Is There A Rental Crisis in the U.S.?

Written by Lisa Assenmacher, Communications and Training Specialist This infograph is reposted with permission. The community economic development industry is aware of the different housing types available to residents. What people choose to invest (or not) invest in, is based on opportunities and preferences, and with many changes arising over the past several decades. Most recently,… Read more »

Mapping Assets for Community Development

By Aaron Goodman, Community Engagement Manager, Community Development Advocates of Detroit (CDAD) The ability to access and utilize accurate data is critical to so many of our efforts in community development and revitalization. Information about that various factors that impact neighborhoods and the organizations working in them help to tell their story and make the case for community-based… Read more »

Asset & Property Management: A Complementary Relationship

Mary Manuel, Asset Manager for Cinnaire (formerly Great Lakes Capital Fund) Nonprofit organizations across Michigan (and the country) are helping to create vibrant and sustainable communities. Through a variety of neighborhood programs, opportunities for disadvantaged populations enhance their quality of life through access to safe and affordable housing and other supportive services. However, real estate development is complicated… Read more »

3 Reasons To Be Excited About Destination: Vibrant Communities

Written by Brian McGrain, Associate Director and Chief Operating Officer of CEDAM As the Associate Director of a nonprofit community development organization in Michigan, its not often that I get access to training directly relevant to what I do on a day-to-day basis. Aside from the Building Michigan Communities Conference (BMCC) held in Lansing every Spring,… Read more »