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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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CEDAM Awards

Thursday, June 10Friday, June 25


Each year CEDAM takes the time to recognize those making a significant impact in the community economic development field. This year, in addition to the Gene Kuthy Award nominations, CEDAM has decided to have those doing the boots on the ground community economic development work make the nominations for our two other signature awards.

We know there are individuals and organizations doing amazing things and we would love for you to tell us who they are. Please take a few moments to share who YOU think should be recognized for their innovation, advocacy, and leadership! 

Nominations are due for all awards by June 25, 2021 at 5:00 PM. 

All awards will be presented at the Developing Vibrant Communities conference in September 2021.

Leader of the Year

Annually, CEDAM recognizes a Community Economic Development Leader of the Year: A member who has engaged in creative programming, been involved in an exciting new development or has generally proved to be a leader in the field.

View the guidelines and application.

Advocate of the Year

The Advocate of the Year award goes to an organization or individual who has advanced community economic development policy and/or advocacy initiatives in Michigan.

View the guidelines and application.

The Gene Kuthy Award

To honor the late Gene Kuthy, CEDAM honors a current board member of a CEDAM member who embodies Gene’s positive and unique attributes: fun, larger than life, generous, an incredible networker, a champion of a particular program and more.

View the guidelines and application.

Thank you to our Gene Kuthy Award Sponsor:


Thursday, June 10

Friday, June 25

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