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A Good Meal Brings People Together to Improve Their Neighborhood

Sharing a pot-luck style dinner is the starting point for many community improvement projects at monthly Detroit SOUP gatherings. For a small donation, attendees get a chance to vote for projects presented by people who want to do great things in their community - anything from cleaning up a park, to running an after-school program, to starting a small business. Since 2010, Detroit SOUP dinners have raised nearly $67,000 for Detroit-specific projects. Many winners have continued for long periods of time since they won support at SOUP. Get more details and see the SOUP video.

New CRC Study Shows Michigan's System of Funding Local Governments is Broken

The League released a media statement April 15 about a new report from the Citizens Research Council showing that state tax revenues increased by $1.2 billion from 2009 to 2012, while local tax revenues declined by $1.1 billion in the same time period. This is further proof that the state has balanced its budget at the expense of local communities. Read more.

League Crowdfunding Portal Offers One-Stop Shopping for all Michiganders to Invest Locally

The League will soon launch CrowdfundingMI, a portal designed to offer training on crowdfunding for entrepreneurs and investors as well as local investment opportunities available through partners Fundrise and Localstake. More.

League Webinar on Ending Property Abandonment in Michigan

Legacy cities struggle with the issue of abandoned properties. Detroit's Mayor Duggan is imposing stiff penalties on negligent property owners. In a webinar on May 12, the League will present an alternative solution - a private insurance fund to support the dismantling, removal and restoration of abandoned properties. Register here.

Community Turns Old Railway into New, Creative Pathway

Enjoy.spring by grabbing a bike and heading to Detroit's Dequindre Cut Greenway. This artistic path, which links the Riverfront and Eastern Market, is one clever example of how communities can come together to create a sense of place.

A Foolish Celebration Brings Art to the Streets

Majestic puppets.created by art students and community members marched along Ann Arbor's Main Street for the 8th annual Festifools. This colorful parade is a unique use of Cultural Economic Development. Read more.

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