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Progress Dashboard

Where have we been?

Where have we been?

Where are we now?

Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3

Phase 1 (2016)

We recruited stakeholders to analyze the problem, created a beginning set of system elements, and began considering a framework for a Detroit community development system.

Phase 2 (2017-2018)

We formed an Advisory Council, conducted extensive research resulting in a specific set of challenges and created Task Forces to respond to those challenges and develop test-projects for most of the elements.

Phase 3 (2019-2020)

Stakeholders will champion elements of the system, working closely with CDOs and GROs, by “test-piloting” project ideas:

  • Coordination of Capacity Building Services
  • Community Development Career Navigation Model
  • Neighborhood Vitality Success Framework
  • Neighborhood Voice and Advocacy Framework
  • At least two city-CDO funded partnerships

Simultaneously we will:

  • Activate the System Capitalization element
  • Establish a governance/oversight structure
  • Develop a process to resolve CDO coverage for all neighborhoods
See Recommendations on ARPA dollars from System Capitalization Task Force here!

Building the Engine of Community Development in Detroit (BECDD) is a citywide process to strengthen all of our neighborhoods by building a coordinated, equitable system for community development work in Detroit.

Vision Statement for Detroit Neighborhoods

All people in every neighborhood in the city of Detroit live, work, and engage in healthy, thriving, sustainable and inclusive communities.

What is BECDD?


Building the Engine is a process to build a…


Community Development System with many elements:

  • System Governance & Coordination Element Equal partners working to keep the system accessible and effective for all neighborhoods.
  • Capacity Building & Certification Element Effective, sustainable neighborhood-based organizations supported by a collaborative group of intermediary/support organizations.
  • System Capitalization Element Sustainable public and private resources for the entire system to thrive in our neighborhoods.
  • Neighborhood Voice & Advocacy Element A citywide structure and process that articulates and advocates neighborhood priorities, focusing on equitable development.
  • Data & Evaluation Element Measuring progress with Neighborhood Vitality” success measures, with universal access to neighborhood data.
  • Education & Career Pipeline Element An equitable pipeline of prepared, professional community development practitioners and strong resident leaders.
  • City Engagement Element City government joining forces with neighborhood-based organizations to institutionalize community development partnerships and generate city and state policy that supports vital neighborhoods.

To Activate:

  • High-capacity CDOs and strong GROs serving all neighborhoods.
  • Powered-up resident leaders.
  • Collaborative foundations.
  • Responsive city government partnering with neighborhoods.
  • Effective intermediaries/support organizations.
  • Relevant and supportive academia.
  • Engaged human service institutions.
  • Connected businesses.

Resulting in:

Strong, Vital Neighborhoods Throughout the Whole City of Detroit