May 18, 2021 10:00 AM • Virtual - Zoom Meeting
May 24, 2021 9:00 AM • Virtual - Zoom Meeting

    • May 18, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (EDT)
    • Virtual - Zoom Meeting

    Community planning or urban planning is often thought of as the bones on which community economic development is built. Community planning impacts our day-to-day lives as citizens and the work we do as practitioners. Join us as we explore the intersection of community planning and community economic development work.

    Facilitated by Andrea Brown, Michigan Association of Planning

    Sponsored by:

    • May 24, 2021
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • May 25, 2021
    • 11:00 AM (EDT)
    • Virtual - Zoom Meeting

    Community development organizations across Michigan provide critical services and make their communities vibrant places to live. However, we understand that you may be facing capacity challenges that, if addressed, would allow your organization to make an even greater impact. Having the tools to effectively seek out, prepare for, and manage grants can make a huge difference in your organization's ability to transform your community.

    Join CEDAM May 24 & 25 from 9:00-11:00am EST both days as two veteran community development leaders discuss:

    • Preparation of grant submissions. We'll answer: What are the essential steps of grant preparation?

    • Feasibility analysis. We'll answer: What assessments are needed to determine feasibility of a project? What steps should be taken to ensure neighborhoods or potential participants would benefit from a specific grant?

    • Administration and program delivery during the grant cycle. We'll answer: What skills and systems are required for accounting, budgeting, financial planning, and proper spending and tracking? 

    • Partnership development. We'll answer: How to identify and bolster diverse partnerships, and discuss strategies to maintain these relationships.

    • Building local capacity. We'll answer: How to increase organizational capacity through internal analysis and action step planning.

    This two-part virtual training is FREE of charge. 

    • May 25, 2021
    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual

    Convening with others with a shared purpose makes community development action possible. That's why the Community Economic Development Association (CEDAM) and the Community Development Advocates of Detroit (CDAD) are excited to host our first-ever virtual Annual Membership Meeting, bringing together members and partners to reflect on our accomplishments and plan for the future.

    Tuesday, May 25, 2021

    3:00 - 4:00 pm EST


    Attendance is free of charge.

    More than a year after we last connected for this event, we're looking forward to providing CEDAM and CDAD members, as well as our partners and those interested in our organizations, with the opportunity to connect with other leaders in the field. Join us as we:

    • Invite speakers to elaborate on relevant and pressing topics affecting today's communities.

    • Discuss how we and our members adapted to overcome the challenges of the past year as well as major policy wins that helped our field do so.

    • Share how our members and partners can connect with CEDAM and CDAD to move community economic development policy forward.

    • Provide time to connect with funders, CEDAM and CDAD staff, and other leaders in the field through breakout sessions. 

    • Announce our new board members.

    We're looking forward to seeing you there as we continue working toward our collective goal to build thriving communities in Michigan. 


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    • June 08, 2021
    • 9:30 AM (EDT)
    • June 09, 2021
    • 11:30 AM (EDT)
    • Virtual

    Join MEIC for its annual Learning Exchange, a great day of networking and sharing with others from around Michigan working to help connect clients with free income tax preparation and other financial capability services. This program is brought to you at no cost; but registration is required!

    Contact Brian Rakovitis at 517.485.3588 ext. 1942 or email him at if you have additional questions or have materials you would like to download to share at the event.

    Draft Agenda

    • June 15, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (EDT)
    • Webinar

    Financial capabilities, financial stability, financial education… The financial empowerment world is an alphabet soup of terms! CEDAM’s Brian Rakovitis will unpack what financial empowerment means and share examples of ways that Michigan communities are implementing best practices to raise the bar in their communities.

    Facilitated by Brian Rakovitis, CEDAM

    Sponsored by:

    • June 23, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual- Zoom Meeting
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    Please join us for the Michigan Children's Savings Accounts Network quarterly meeting on Wednesday, June 23 from 10:00am-12:00pm EST. 

    Meeting overview: This meeting will be divided into two parts: Part I- CSA Policy and Part II- Technical Assistance. 

    Attendees are encouraged to come for some or all of the meeting

    Link to full agenda

    Part I: CEDAM will kick off the meeting with an update about statewide CSA funding. Following that, members will have an opportunity to provide feedback on the CSA policy framework paper. A draft version of the paper will be made available on April 30, 2021, to all network members on Basecamp.

    Who should attend: Current/emerging CSA communities, state/local government agencies, stakeholders and funders with interest in youth engagement, postsecondary achievement, banking access, economic opportunity and community development.

    Estimated time for part I: 1 hour

    Part II: Provide members with time to workshop their technical assistance needs. Current and emerging CSA communities are invited to share new challenges and successes as part of a roundtable discussion. 

    Who should attend: Current/emerging CSA communities, stakeholders and funders with knowledge of banking access, community outreach and engagement, data management, and program management.

    Estimated time for part II: 1 hour

    Total meeting time: 2 hours

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