Center for Community Progress (CP)

The Center for Community Progress (CP) is a core group of policy experts, researchers and advocates united around a common goal – to create vibrant communities and revitalize American cities. To support this goal, CP provides government officials, community leaders and residents across the country with knowledge and hands-on expertise to tackle the problems created by vacant, abandoned and problem properties. CP helps people craft, advocate for and implement policy that prevents abandonment and encourages the reuse of these properties for the economic and social benefit of their communities. CP provides hands-on policy development, technical assistance, capacity building, research, advocacy, outreach and communications assistance to help build sustainable cities and towns. Their expertise runs the gamut of cutting edge civic issues – from brownfields, code enforcement and nuisance abatement to economic impact assessment, tax foreclosures and land banking.

Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM)

The Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM) advances community-based economic development to revitalize and rebuild Michigan communities and neighborhoods. CEDAM is the unified voice of over 300 member organizations, including Community Development Corporations across the state. CEDAM generates resources through advocacy and collaboration, builds capacity through training and technical assistance and provides opportunities to share best practices. Created in 1998, CEDAM continues to grow to address Michigan’s community economic development issues.

CEDAM is home to both the Michigan Foreclosure Task Force and the Michigan Foreclosure Prevention Corps. The MFTF facilitates local engagement and results by connecting community and neighborhood organizations, local units of government, private industry and statewide advocacy organizations to collaborate on innovative solutions to the foreclosure crisis. The MFPC is an innovative national model for placing AmeriCorps members at certified nonprofit housing counseling agencies to disseminate foreclosure prevention resources.


Michigan Community Resources (MCR, formerly Community Legal Resources)

Founded in 1998 to connect lawyers to communities, Michigan Community Resources (MCR, formerly Community Legal Resources) has been leading cross-sector collaboration of community advocates and leaders to develop and implement strategies to address vacancy, blight and abandonment in Detroit since 2007. Known as the Detroit Vacant Property Campaign (DVPC), this effort is comprehensively responding to Detroit’s vacant property crisis through education and outreach, technical assistance, vacant property planning, legal analysis and policy work.


Michigan Municipal League (MML)

Since its founding in 1899, the Michigan Municipal League (MML) has been intent upon preserving and improving local government. The organization’s primary goals – to advocate for municipal interests and to educate and assist local officials – remain the focus today. The League’s mission is to advocate on behalf of its member communities in Lansing, Washington D.C., and the Courts; provide traditional and unique forums and formats to educate local elected officials; and to assist local government leaders in administering services through League conceived programs and products.