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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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Preparing the Community Development Field in MI

Wednesday, June 16 @ 9:30 amThursday, June 24 @ 11:00 am

What’s the state of real estate skills among Michigan’s community development organizations?

What should it be? 

Across the state we need more housing that’s affordable, large and small-scale development that strengthens neighborhoods and Main Streets, and ways to fund, finance, renovate and build buildings that are more connected, more resilient and more impactful for our people and their places.   

To power all this, what do community developers, staff at development organizations—small and large—most need to know? What should they be taught, what skills and perspectives do they need to be able to serve our communities and address our most important community needs?  

CEDAM (a statewide community development membership organization) is seeking to revamp its boot camp training model. Other organizations are considering their training offerings in the Zoom era. Funders want more ready deals. Communities need more development. 

Join others to identify the topics, knowledge, skills and relationships that community development workers in MI need!

What exists that’s great?     What needs enhancement?     What needs to be created?

Topics like: Community engagement, incremental development, racial equity, innovative financing tools, affordable housing credit process, financial empowerment, economic inclusion, serving those outside official systems, small organization capacity building, analyzing market demand, project formation, best practices and core competencies, resilience, working with funders, developing professional relationships in the field…and whatever else you bring!

Who should come? Nonprofit directors • new and mid career staff people  • community advocates & activists  • government officials • lending officers  • foundation program officers • tenants and home buyers  • anyone with a stake in Michigan’s community development field!  

WHEN:   Wednesday Jun 16th      9:30–11am       Session I
Tuesday, Jun 22nd 6:30–8:30pm   Session II
Thursday, Jun 24th 9:30–11am       Session III


PLEASE RSVP to Brian at telling us you plan to attend so we know how many people to expect. You’ll receive a calendar invite with the Zoom link.

HOW: Each day the agenda will be set by the participants. You will identify the issues and tasks that you think are most important – for yourself, your organization, your community, and the whole of MI. We’ll break into working groups, large and small, and you’ll choose for yourself where to connect and contribute.  


WHO: Co-Conveners: (those who think these questions are important, will attend & invite others they think might be interested)
CEDAM, CIB Planning, Small Development Counts Network, Housing North; Davison Cooperative; Painted Love LLC,
MI Land Bank Fast Track Authority, LandUseUSA Urban Strategies, Cinnaire, Fabric[K] Design, LLC; Capital Impact Partners; Venture Inc., Single Family Living, FHLBank Indianapolis, Capital Area Housing Partnership, Communities First, Inc. Michigan Economic Development Corporation____,Community Development Advocates of Detroit, ____


[Angela Dotson]  

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Wednesday, June 16 @ 9:30 am

Thursday, June 24 @ 11:00 am

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