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Community Wealth Building: Taking It to Our Small Towns

“While the effects of the pandemic have been felt unevenly across Michigan communities, it has further emphasized the changing needs ...
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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 talking about bike commuting, but we could have been discussing ...
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Rebuilding the Heart of the Community

Back in the early 1970s, Pat Lockwood fell in love with a small town in mid-Michigan. She moved to Fenton, and soon thereafter, the community passed a ballot initiative to ...
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Building Community Wealth Through Social Enterprises

The division of “business” and “social service” is an unnecessary one, says a category of organizations that choose to marry the functions. Whether they come to it from a business ...
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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

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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