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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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Building Michigan Communities Virtual Conference

Tuesday, May 4 @ 9:00 amWednesday, May 5 @ 12:00 pm

Keynote Plenary Sessions at BMCC

The Building Michigan Communities Conference (BMCC) is excited to offer a lineup of high-profile keynote presentations for attendees at the 2021 virtual conference. These speakers are sure to offer thought-provoking ideas and spark conversation at this virtual conference.

Andre Perry
Fellow In The Metropolitan Policy Program At Brookings, Scholar-In-Residence At American University And Columnist For The Hechinger Report

Welcome to BMCC 2021 — Opening Plenary
Tuesday, May 4th
9:00 am — 10:00 am

Alice Randall
Author Black Bottom Saints” and Other Well Known Titles

BMCC Book Club with Alice Randall
Wednesday, May 5th
3:45 pm — 4:45 pm

Ibram X. Kendi
Author And Founding Director Boston University Center For Antiracist Research

Keynote Plenary with Ibram. X Kendi
Wednesday, May 5
10:15 am — 11:00 am

Fireside Chat with Tracy Hadden Loh and US Congressman Dan Kildee on the Great Real Estate Reset
Wednesday, May 5th
11:15 am — 12:00 pm
Thank you to our sponsor
Mission Statement

Provide Michigan with inspiring and relevant education across the affordable housing continuum with an emphasis on equity, advocacy, and networking opportunities.


Bring together the stakeholders involved with the affordable housing industry in Michigan for:

• Focused training sessions on a variety of topics (professional development);

• Invaluable opportunities for networking and deal-making;

• Building collaborative relationships and advocacy that endure beyond the conference; and

• Promoting equitable programs and policies.

Who should attend the Building Michigan Communities Conference (BMCC)? Because housing is a cornerstone of thriving communities, the BMCC attracts a wide range of attendees from elected officials and staff to housing service providers – for those across the housing continuum.

We offer sessions, keynotes, exhibits and networking opportunities for those serving the homeless, housing counseling, landlords, management companies, nonprofit/for-profit developers, architects, construction, engineering, realtors, financiers, advocacy groups, legislators, attorneys, accountants, property dealings, zoning, municipalities, townships, villages, Downtown Development Associations, Main Streets, and Redevelopment Ready Communities.


Tuesday, May 4 @ 9:00 am

Wednesday, May 5 @ 12:00 pm

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