CDAD Community Development Week 2021

September 1, 2021 / Comments (0)


Community Development Week 2021

September 13th-18th

We are celebrating 5 years of Community Development Week this year! We are excited to bring you some new sessions this year as well as some “oldies but goodies!” We are also happy to have Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM) a part of CD week this year on Wednesday with the DVC (Developing Vibrant Communities) Conference. Check out the details below and continue to watch for updates on guest speakers. 

What’s Next for Community Development in Detroit?  9am-10:30am

As we look towards pandemic recovery and moving past inequities the pandemic highlighted, community development will play a key role. Join us for a discussion about the future of community development in Detroit with community and city changemakers.


Zone Detroit: The Future of Land Use  11am-12:30pm

Join the City of Detroit’s City Planning Commission for an update on the ZoneDetroit project. This project will modernize the existing Zoning Ordinance and provide an opportunity to refresh and rethink land use in Detroit.


Who’s Got Next?: Careers in Community Development 2pm-3:30pm

Are you interested in a career in community development? Do you have questions about how to get into the field? Do you want a chance to learn from people currently doing the work? If you answered yes to any of these questions, please join us for an exploration of careers in community development and dialogue about different pathways to entering the field.


The Future of Building the Engine of Community Development in Detroit (BECDD): Sustainability Through CDAD 5:30pm-7pm

Learn about the long-term work of building a sustainable and equitable community development system in Detroit and get updates on the strategy to embed BECDD within CDAD.


Reimagining and Use of Land Contracts for a More Equitable Detroit  10am-11:30am

For more than half a century, land contracts have been used to exploit and extract wealth from Black communities locked out of more traditional and regulated pathways to homeownership. At the same time, mission-driven organizations working in Detroit and Southeast Michigan have shown that land contracts implemented by good-faith sellers can offer a sustainable pathway to homeownership and represent an important alternative to buyers without access to mortgage financing. Join presenters from Enterprise Community Partners and University of Michigan’s Poverty Solutions for an interactive discussion on their recent research on good-faith land contracts and ideas for programmatic actions and regulatory reforms to help make land contracts a safer and more viable pathway to homeownership.


Advocacy 101  6pm-8pm

Learn the basics of public policy advocacy with Dwyane Barnes, Detroit Community Engagement Specialist with the Michigan League for Public Policy. What are the steps for developing an advocacy plan? How to form effective advocacy collaborations / coalitions? What are allowable and prohibited 501c3 activities?


CEDAM’s Developing Vibrant Communities Conference 1pm-5pm


The Developing Vibrant Communities (DVC) conference is for community developers and advocates working across Michigan to make their cities and neighborhoods resilient and inclusive. This year’s conference will focus on how our leaders in our field can (and have been) centering diversity, equity, and inclusion through policy advocacy, organizational change, and intentional programming. 

Kicking off our conference is keynote speaker Tamika L. Butler, Principal & Founder of Tamika L. Butler Consulting. Tamika is Black, queer, and unapologetic. She is a PhD student in the Urban Planning Department at UCLA and a national expert and speaker on issues related to the built environment, equity, anti-racism, diversity and inclusion, organizational behavior, and change management.


From the Inside Out: Sustaining the Path to Racial Equity 10am-11:30am

Racial Equity is a term we are hearing more often and in more settings. But what does it look like in practice? Join us for this candid conversation as several Detroit organizations share what they are doing to create and sustain racial equity in the communities they work with. Learn tools and best practices that you can apply to your own work.


Rest & Liberation: A Community Dialogue 2pm-3:30pm

Join the Transforming Solidarity Collective – Community Development Advocates of Detroit (CDAD), Co.act Detroit, Michigan Community Resources (MCR), Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA) and Nonprofit Enterprise at Work (NEW) in a dialogue where we collectively explore and reimagine what it looks like to prioritize rest and liberation for black and brown nonprofit professionals. The intent of the conversation will be to discuss access or lack of access to opportunities for rest and recalibration, your experiences with traditional and nontraditional sabbatical programs, as well as the cultural norms in your organizations around taking time for yourself. All are welcome to participate.


Housing & CD Funding & Financing: Fed, State & Local Sources 3pm-4:30pm

Join Mike Polsinelli from the HUD Detroit Office & Mark Kudlowitz, LISC for a discussion about funding for affordable housing & community development in Detroit.


Introducing…Detroit’s new Planning Director! 5:30pm-7pm

Meet Antoine Bryant, Detroit’s new Planning Director. Hear about his vision for the department and ask questions. Priority registration for CDAD members until September 3rd.


Child Tax Credit:  How Community-Based Organizations Are Impacting Child Poverty in Detroit 11am-12:30pm

Nearly 20,000 Detroit children can be lifted out of poverty if every eligible family takes advantage of an expanded Child Tax Credit (CTC) within the American Rescue Plan.  Join us for a discussion with members of a coalition of city and civic leaders that are leading an outreach and engagement campaign to ensure Detroit families benefit from the CTC.


Investing in Your Community: Cooperative Capital for Community Ownership 1pm-2:30pm

Cooperative Capital helps residents work together to drive equitable development and promote collective wealth-building in their community.


For Youth, With Youth 11am-12:30pm

Youth Engagement is a critical part of community development. This session will feature a group of intergenerational speakers who will share tools and strategies for cultivating youth leadership and youth-centered programming.


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