Across the country, local governments have unleashed a new approach to anti-poverty work through the practice of municipal financial empowerment – collaborative community-based initiatives that connect residents with financial education and counseling, affordable financial products and opportunities to save.
On Tuesday, May 14 from 11 am to 12:15 pm a free webinar featuring Ingham County Treasurer Eric Schertzing, City of Lansing Treasurer Antonia Kraus and Megan Kursik from the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM), is being offered as they discuss municipal financial empowerment in the Greater Lansing community and the new Lansing Financial Empowerment Center. Over the next three years, the Lansing Financial Empowerment Center will provide 4,000 individuals free, one-on-one financial counseling.
You will learn how your community can begin this work through a similar approach and with support from the Michigan Communities for Financial Empowerment (MCFE) network at CEDAM.
1. What is municipal financial empowerment and is it an effective anti-poverty tool?
2. Deep dive: Financial Empowerment Center model
3. Support and technical assistance available to Michigan local governments from the MCFE network
Again, the cost of this webinar is free. Register here.
Arnold Weinfeld is Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at 517-908-0304 or by e-mail