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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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MEDC Recent Announcements and Resources

Friday, September 17 @ 8:00 amMonday, September 27 @ 5:00 pm

  • LIFT program is now awarding scholarships to BIPOC business leaders in the Detroit area to enroll in the Small Giants Leadership Academy, a one-year leadership development program that focuses on organizational culture and leadership training.  Information can be found in the link and attached.
  • The MEDC is requesting information from economic development organization, neighborhood and community development organizations, and small business support organizations to provide recommendations for opportunities to scale or improve existing resources or to create new programs to leverage federal Small Business Credit Initiative funding.  RFI responses are due via email only by 9/27 at 3pm.  More information can be found here.
  • If you missed Michigan State Housing Development Authority virtual Housing and Energy Assistance Fair, you can still access a video of the event at the link.
  • The MEDC has recently completed a study of the impact of place-based economic development in Michigan’s neighborhoods and commercial corridors which included both Detroit and statewide findings.  For the data geeks who are excited at the opportunity to quantify our work, I encourage you to check out the full report.
  • MEDC has several positions open at the moment including a Michigan Main Street Economic Vitality Specialist.  This would be a remote position and the individual would be working to build the economic development capacity of Main Street communities across the state.  You can find more info about careers at MEDC here.
  • City of Detroit Civil Rights , Inclusion and Opportunity is hosting a Business Resource Fair 9/17 from 1–5 in Spirit Plaza where businesses can connect with service providers.
  • Motor City Match Virtual Application Info Session is 9/21 at 10:30 or 9/23 at 6pm and will discuss how the program can help you open a brick and mortar location in the City.
  • Michigan Women Forward is hosting a Business Owner’s Guide to Commercial Real Estate Leasing 9/22 at 9am or 9/23 at 6pm to review tips for leasing a space and navigating lease agreements.
  • I encourage everyone, if they haven’t already, to take advantage of the curated resources made available through Detroit Means Business which offers weekly updates on programming and financial resources available to Detroit businesses.


Friday, September 17 @ 8:00 am 

Monday, September 27 @ 5:00 pm 

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