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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
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2019 Building Michigan Communities Conference (BMCC)

April 29, 2019 @ 8:00 amMay 1, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

The 2019 Building Michigan Communities Conference (BMCC) is April 29 – May 1, at the Lansing Center.  The conference includes:

Why Should I Care About Advocacy? I am so Busy Doing my Job!

Monday 11:30AM — 12:45PM

The 2019 Building Michigan Communities Conference will kick off with a panel of legislative experts. The discussion will provide information to motivate conference attendees who want to advocate but lack the experience, resources, or time to acquire the skills to do so effectively. It will serve as a toolkit for advocating and for sharing strategies and ideas useful when talking with legislators. This panel will prepare conference attendees as they advocate for the industry on Tuesday, April 30, at the Michigan Capitol.

Tuesday 11:00AM — 1:00PM

Join your legislators and staff for lunch on the lawn. This is your opportunity to speak to your state elected officials and raise awareness around the issues of housing, homelessness and historic preservation. This year’s conference has a larger focus on advocacy featuring a legislative panel at Monday’s lunch, and several advocacy-focused conference sessions on Monday afternoon. On Tuesday, travel to the Capitol for our Lunch on the Lawn. All offices from the House and Senate will receive invitations to join us and speak with their constituents. If you are interested in meeting with your legislator in their office, please indicate this on the registration page and identify your legislative district (state representative and state senator). Look up the officials in your district at or

Full conference details are available at

You can register online at


April 29, 2019 @ 8:00 am

May 1, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

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The Lansing Center
333 E. Michigan Ave
Lansing, MI 48933 United States