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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

2016 Annual Summit

2016 Summit Synopsis

In late 2016, we convened our first day-long summit with 63 of 98 stakeholder organizations, at the U‑M Detroit Center.

The largest stakeholder cohorts were CDO practitioners, intermediary/support organizations and academia. We hosted a panel with one representative from each of the eight Kitchen Cabinets that had been meeting all year. There were two separate facilitated discussions between participants and panelists:

  • Panel #1: Panelists and participants discussed and debated the Big Questions in Community Development” in Detroit.
  • Panel #2: Panelists reported on their respective subcommittee work, and discussion followed.

Facilitated break-out sessions allowed participants to select a subcommittee topic and provide feedback:

  • Community Development Definitions. In order to clarify what community development is and what it means for Detroit, our subcommittee discussed a working definition,” which may morph and change as we move through the system-building process.
  • Framework for Neighborhood Success Measures. Our subcommittee discussed a framework for what stakeholders see as success” in neighborhoods. 
  • Detroit Community Development System Structure. This subcommittee discussed how a system of many different parts with many different stakeholders could be coordinated in a coherent and collaborative way to begin to move the needle on neighborhoods in a positive way.

As a result of our summit, through a facilitated plenary session, consensus was reached on key questions.