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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


Opening Plenary Session

Recommendations from and responses to Task Force presentations on fundamental directions for community development in Detroit: Equitable Development Framework, Equity in the Profession, Policy Priorities and more. 

City-Community Development Panel 

Key points from a panel discussion with community development representatives from Detroit, Cleveland, Boston and Philadelphia.

Lunch Session

Key points from Dr. Peter Hammer’s presentation on spatial racism. 

City-Community Partnerships Small Group Discussion

Presentation notes, discussion and next steps on CDO-City partnerships, planning in non-SNF neighborhoods and a single-family housing rehab strategy.

Intermediary System Task Force Small Discussion

Presentation notes, discussion and next steps on capacity building services and a conceptual framework for an intermediary system.

Leadership Pipeline Small Group Discussion

Presentation notes, discussion and next steps on building a leadership pipeline in community development.

Neighborhood Vitality Small Group Discussion

Presentation notes, discussion and next steps on neighborhood vitality, neighborhood zones and success indicators.

Closing Plenary Session

Reports from an open discussion on our evolving framework for a community development system, the definition of community development, what’s missing and what’s next.