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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

2017 Annual Summit

2017 Summit Synopsis

In late 2017, we convened our second day-long summit at the U‑M Detroit Center.

We welcomed 120 people and over 83 organizations, a 100% increase in attendance and a 30% increase in organization representation from 2016. For the second year in a row, the CDO practitioner cohort was the largest, with intermediaries and academia following close behind. Significantly, the cohort from city and state government was much larger, and the number of grassroots organizations attending more than doubled from 2016.

The summit comprised a full day of presentations, small-group discussion and debate, covering: 

Through Kitchen Cabinet meetings (video) and in plenary sessions (video), participants discussed and debated:

  • Why and how we need to cluster neighborhoods to more manageably measure and report on progress and tell the right stories about our communities.
  • What equitable development really means and how we can achieve it in our neighborhoods.
  • The importance of supporting professional development for existing practitioners, and building up the salary and benefits structure for practitioners. 
  • Strategies on how community development and the City of Detroit should partner together.
  • Perspectives on equitable development and responses to key questions related to building a community development system.

Speakers included Janet Attarian, Deputy Director of City Planning, and Arthur Jemison, Director of Housing & Revitalization, each of whom reflected on how and why we have to work together to build the community development field in Detroit. Several CDOs informally shared their work and vision in the areas of public education, health, youth and senior empowerment, business and entrepreneurial support and green strategies.

Two young people, Tierra Modock and Christopher Griffin, from the North End Storytellers presented a documentary on the importance of telling the stories of our communities.

Stakeholders generally affirmed the 2017 work of the three BECDD planning teams, with over 140 stakeholder organizations participating. These stakeholders helped frame the direction for 2018. 

See a PowerPoint Presentation from the event and a detailed Summit Report.

Special thanks

We’d like to thank our event sponsors: U‑M Detroit Center, the Kresge Foundation, Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Foundation, WK Kellogg Foundation and LISC. We’re always thankful to our core partners: Community Development Advocates of Detroit, Lawrence Technological University and Michigan Nonprofit Association.