Blog Posts Categorized: Rural

Passing the Baton: VISTA Leaders Reflect on the Past Year and Look Forward to the Next

Before Stevie Chilcote started her year of Service as a VISTA Leader, CEDAM’s sole AmeriCorps program was the Michigan Financial Opportunity Corps (MFOC), run by Rachel Diskin. From running the MFOC and working closely with the Michigan Rural Council, it was realized that there was a need for capacity building in rural nonprofit organizations. In… Read more »

Milan’s Third Thursday Events: A Farmers’ Market and more

Milan, pronounced MY-lan (not like Italy’s Mi-LAN) is a small town in Southeast Michigan with a lot of charm, and as it was quickly found, a lot of spirit. In 2015 the Michigan Rural Council (MRC), a CEDAM program, went to Milan and conducted a community assessment. These assessments allow rural communities to affordably identify… Read more »

Voices of AmeriCorps: AmeriCorps Week Promotions in Grayling

Last month, Michigan’s AmeriCorps State and VISTA members celebrated a very special time in their service term year. The first full week of March was set aside as AmeriCorps Week, in which the AmeriCorps members across the state participated in a campaign to raise awareness about their program. Members participated in various outreach events, performed… Read more »

AmeriCorps: Those Who are Willing to Serve

Written by Stevie Chilcote, VISTA Leader ____________________________________ “I feel that these life changes that I am making would not be possible without AmeriCorps offering me this incredible opportunity.” ____________________________________ AmeriCorps has always been bigger than one person. Since John F. Kennedy proposed a national service corps in 1963, over one million members have chosen to… Read more »

3 Reasons to Attend the Small Town & Rural Development Conference

Written by Jessica AcMoody, Senior Policy Specialist at CEDAM Every year in April, the Michigan Rural Council hosts the Small Town and Rural Development Conference. The conference attracts everyone from city managers to Chamber Directors to local economic development professionals who are interested and passionate about small towns in Michigan and the great potential of… Read more »

The Bright Side: Rural

We released a new series of videos about small towns and rural areas in Michigan. Learn how to bring investment to a small town and see how others found surprising opportunities in Michigan’s rural areas. Huss Project, Three Rivers [watch now] Visit a historic former school in Three Rivers and take a tour of the future… Read more »

Partners for Rural America Conference Recap

By Jessica AcMoody, Policy & Program Specialist I recently had the opportunity to travel to Wyoming for the Partners for Rural America (PRA) annual summer conference. The conference highlights rural economic development around the country, and gives members of PRA an opportunity to share exciting rural development going on in their state as well as… Read more »

Bringing the Rural Community Together Annually

By Julie Hales-Smith, Coordinator of the Michigan Vacant Property Campaign If folks were planning to add golf to their itinerary when they traveled up to beautiful Crystal Mountain Resort on April 14 for the Small Town and Rural Development Conference, they were mightily disappointed – snow, ice and cold winds prevailed. However, they were NOT disappointed… Read more »

President Obama Visits Michigan State – Signs Farm Bill

By Grace Empie, MCFE and Policy Intern Friday February 7, 2014 President Barack Obama visited Michigan State University’s campus to sign into law H.R. 2642, the Agriculture Act of 2014, otherwise known as the ‘Farm Bill’ and CEDAM staff attended the event. The bill will expand opportunities for innovative food systems and programs with an… Read more »

Participating in the Rural Community

In keeping with its mission to connect and educate community leaders, provide expertise and advocate for policy and projects to impact rural Michigan, the Michigan Rural Council would like to share some exciting projects that are underway! The 2014 Small Town & Rural Development Conference Interested in sharing your ideas for revitalization and development in… Read more »