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Partners for Rural America

By Jessica AcMoody, Senior Policy Specialist I recently had the opportunity to travel to the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia for the Partners for Rural America (PRA) annual conference and meeting. 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… Read more »

Lansing SAVEs For the Future

Written by Megan Kursik, Coordinator of Michigan Communities for Financial Empowerment Earlier this year 365 kindergarten students in the Lansing School District received a seed investment in their future. Each student was automatically enrolled in an education savings account by the City of Lansing. Lansing SAVE (or Student Accounts Valuing Education) is the first universal, automatic… Read more »

Consumers Energy’s Energy Savers Affordable Multifamily Program

By Ed Love, Program Manager at Michigan Energy Options with contributions made by Ariana Gonzalez of NRDC This past May saw the launch of a new energy efficiency pilot in Michigan. The Consumers Energy program designed specifically to meet the needs of multifamily affordable housing. Elevate Energy, a Chicago based non-profit, Michigan Energy Options, an… Read more »

Does Placemaking Lead to Gentrification?

Last month during a MIplace Placemaking Curriculum training, one of the attendees asked, “Does placemaking lead to gentrification?” We put this question to some of the MIplace partners and they came back with two very good articles published last month. We added the first article for a little background on gentrification if you are not… Read more »

The Bright Side Features Shelter

What happens when a family suddenly needs a new place to live? Last month we had a chance to visit and collect success stories from some of our members and other organizations that provide emergency shelter and housing in Michigan. Introduction by Anne Grantner, Executive Director at Shelter of Flint[watch now] This episode begins at the… Read more »

Giving Back – MLK Day of Service

Written by Lisa Assenmacher, Communications and Training Specialist An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity. -Martin Luther King, Jr. Hope. In the face of adversity, Martin Luther King Jr. spent his life devoted to change: change in the… Read more »

Leveraging strategy to amplify education initiatives

On Oct. 3, I’ll have the opportunity to speak at the seventh annual NACEDA (National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations) Summit. Hosted by the Greektown Casino-Hotel in Detroit, the theme is “What’s Working?” Considering the NACEDA Summit is taking a road trip for the first time in seven years, it’s only appropriate the group… Read more »