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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


ACTION ALERT: We expect HB 5820–5821, bills that create the Michigan Community Investment Pilot Program, to have a committee hearing soon. Now is the time for supporters to contact their state representatives and urge support for HBs 5820–5821. This is especially critical if you live in the district of a committee member.

Find out more about the legislation, find your state representative and view a sample message here.

Who We Are

Organized by Building the Engine of Community Development in Detroit (BECDD) and the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM), the Neighborhoods and Communities Coalition” (NACC), is a group of community development advocates and professionals, local job providers, and investors committed to establishing a source of sustainable support for local nonprofits working to revitalize neighborhoods and rural communities. Fourteen other states already have some form of this community investment program.

Our Vision

Michigan has a strong and resilient economy that benefits all of its residents, built upon successful and prospering urban neighborhoods and rural communities, large and small, throughout the state.

The Community Investment Program and How It Works

The Community Investment Program is a donation-based state tax incentive that would provide long-term, sustainable support for locally-based revitalization work in neighborhoods and rural communities. HB 5820 & 5821 would unleash more private resources for Michigan’s communities.

How it works? A corporate or individual donor makes a contribution directly to a place-based nonprofit. The donor receives a 50% state tax credit on their donation.  Eligible nonprofits are place-based organizations providing economic development services including:

  • small business development, including agri-business
  • affordable housing
  • financial empowerment
  • workforce attraction and retention
  • neighborhood and community revitalization
  • commercial corridor revitalization

Check out this graphic that demonstrates what the Community Investment Program would look like in action!

Michigan Needs Community Investment Now

Michigan faces a number of challenges including:

  • Lack of Housing

In many Michigan communities, there is a well-documented shortage of affordable housing. In these communities, local businesses cannot attract workers because there simply is no place for their workers to live.

  • Lack of investors for small- to medium-sized projects

Communities know their problems- and how to solve them.

Very large community development projects have tax incentives to attract investors. Small- to medium-sized neighborhood and rural community revitalization projects are often overlooked because they lack the same tools to attract resources.

  • The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic

As we struggle to recover from the COVID-19 crisis, local place-based organizations are in an ideal position to respond to the health, education, and job challenges that local communities are experiencing.

Guiding Principles

  • The ultimate beneficiaries of the work of the Coalition are residents of Michigan’s neighborhoods and rural communities.
  • All members of the Steering Committee and the Coalition are equal partners in helping to meet the mission of the Coalition.
  • All perspectives and points of view are important and should be respected, even when disagreements occur.
  • Public-private partnerships to leverage more support for our local communities, will benefit everyone

Taking Action

The Neighborhoods and Communities Coalition is working together as a unified coalition of diverse organizations and individuals, to achieve our shared goal by:

  • Agreeing to shared strategies, as articulated in written Coalition work plans;
  • Holding regular coalition calls or meetings;
  • Empowering a 10-person Coalition Steering Committee, representing coalition members across the whole State; the Steering Committee will:
    • Meet biweekly to provide coalition leadership and direction,
    • Seek coalition member input on key decisions through timely communication,
    • Work toward consensus in its decision making whenever possible,
    • Provide advocacy tools to Coalition members (research, sample letters, concept papers, issue summaries);
    • Organize advocacy opportunities (meetings with key legislators in their districts or in Lansing), and
    • Seek the approval of individual coalition members before releasing any public coalition letters or other printed materials that list coalition members individually.

View and download our one pager for more information.

Join the Michigan Neighborhoods and Communities Coalition!

Community members across Michigan urban-rural-suburban, simply want the same tools to attract investment that larger projects already receive.  Government can’t do it all, and locally-based organizations know what they need to grow their local economies, stabilize and strengthen neighborhoods, and attract the talent needed for new businesses to start and existing businesses to thrive. We need your help to pass HB 5820 & 5821. This effort will require the support of coalition members in various ways. Sign on and tell us ways you are willing to be involved:


Are you a community development leader, doing work on behalf of the neighborhood? If so, then you know how important it is for the work to be funded.

Are you a corporation, providing a service or product in Detroit or Michigan? Then you know how important it is for the community or city you are located in, to be healthy and vibrant.

Are you a high-wealth person, looking to contribute to organizations doing community work in Detroit or Michigan? Then you know how important it is to find ways to stretch your charitable dollars, to do the most good.

Are you a small business owner, looking for local partnerships with neighborhood agencies? Then you know how important it is to find the right nonprofit to work with.

The proposed MI-Community Investment Tax Credit program can respond to all of these needs.

Please show your support by signing this petition to pass HB #5820 & #5821. in the Michigan House of Representatives.

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