August 21-22, 2018 

Federal Reserve Bank Chicago-Detroit Branch  
1600 East Warren Avenue, Detroit, MI 48207

Registration is closed! 

Due to security at the Federal Reserve Bank, anyone not registered will not be able to enter the building.


What is Developing Vibrant Communites?

Last year we combined two annual CEDAM events, Destination: Vibrant Communities and the Michigan Financial Empowerment Summit, into one, two-day conference! The event was, and still is, designed to inspire and equip practitioners and advocates with the community economic development and financial capability tools needed to positively transform your community. For our 2018 conference, we have changed the name to Developing Vibrant Communities. Our goal is still the same—to host the premier training event for those working to make their communities inclusive, empowered, sustainable and vibrant. 

View the draft agenda and register

2018 Topics 

Tax Assistance
Fund Development  Equity and inclusion
Community Engagement
Children's Savings Accounts Real Estate Development Skilled Trades Workforce Development

Hotel Information

We do not have a room block at any of the local hotels, however here are some both downtown Detroit and in nearby suburbs, which are less expensive but will require a 15-25 minute drive.

Greektown Hotel and Casino - In Detroit with free parking for guests.

Atheneum Suites  - In Detroit; parking $25 nightly.

Baymont by Wyndham In Madison Heights - 20 minute drive, free parking.

Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Detroit - Valet with additional fee parking.

Extended Stay America - in Southfield; has kitchenette, free parking, 25 minute drive to the venue.

Gene Kuthy Award

To honor the late Gene Kuthy, CEDAM honors a current or former 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. The Award is given at the Developing Vibrant Communities conference. 

$2,500 will be given to the organization in which the recipient serves.

Download the nomination application. Applications are due Wednesday, July 18 by 5pm. 

Congratulations to our 2017 Gene Kuthy Award Winner, Rashida Tlaib! 

 Thank you 2018 Sponsors!

Gene Kuthy Award Luncheon Sponsor:

Day 2 Luncheon Sponsor:

Session Sponsors:


Interested in sponsoring this event? Contact Susan Andrews at or 517.485.3588 for more information.         


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