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It Gets Cold Here—May As Well Enjoy It.

“That might work in Minneapolis, but you know we have winter here, right?” someone once objected. I think we were ...
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Leveraging Philanthropic Partnerships to Build Community Wealth

"When we intend to do good, we do. When we intend to do harm, it happens. What each of us must come to realize is that our intent always comes ...
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Offering a fair chance at employment after incarceration

Michiganders with criminal records often face barriers to securing jobs or other opportunities even long after their sentence is served. This is both a challenge to racial equity efforts—especially for Black ...
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The Road to Community Wealth

(Note: The following blog by the Michigan Municipal League's Lisa Donovan is about the opening general session presentation by League CEO and Executive Director Dan Gilmartin during the League's first-ever ...
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Community Wealth Building Takes Center Stage at 2020 Michigan Municipal League Convention

The Michigan Municipal League’s evolution into the concept of Community Wealth Building will be front and center during our upcoming, first-ever Virtual Convention. The League revamped our home page ...
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Remote Work Post-Covid

“Do you remember back in March, when school announced it was closing for three weeks?” I asked my wife recently. Obviously, few of us had been pessimistic enough about the ...
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Crystal balls are out of stock. Luckily, we’ve already started planning for the future.

“The only constant in life is change.” – Heraclitus Chances are good you have heard that famous 2,500-year-old quote from a colleague or relative. You may have even uttered it ...
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What Can We Learn from Other Cities About Police Reform Models?

As the outrage over George Floyd’s murder has spurred nationwide protests this summer and demands for changes to our police and criminal justice systems, the League has been sharing resources ...
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Report: How Routine Traffic Enforcement Criminalizes Poverty

One takeaway from the League’s Policy Forum series this year was a call to be attentive to how policy can have inequitable impacts on different people. The effect of a ...
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After COVID, an ‘Amazon recovery,’ or real Community Wealth?

This guest blog comes from Ted Howard, co-founder and president of The Democracy Collaborative. As our nation continues to suffer a staggering health crisis, the unprecedented economic shutdown induced by ...
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“Staying Home, Staying Safe” Reinforces the Importance of Having a Home

A lot of us have been spending a lot more time at home lately, either laid-off, furloughed, working-from-home, or caring for family. This has drawn acute attention to the way ...
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