Working together to achieve transformational change for Northwest Lower Michigan

Formed in 2019, the Community Development Coalition of Northwest Michigan collaborates across business, governmental, and nonprofit sectors to achieve transformational change across our communities. We partner to share information, align and leverage resources, and coordinate advocacy actions to drive positive economic, societal, and environmental improvements for the benefit of the people and places of our region.

The Community Development Coalition of Northwest Michigan uses an innovative multi-sector approach to tackle community issues holistically and systematically.

Made up of nearly 40 business, governmental, and nonprofit sector partners, the Community Development Coalition works together to support our region by sharing information, aligning and leveraging resources, and coordinating action. A Regional Community Scorecard of shared metrics helps align our efforts and highlights progress toward our collective goals.

Our Shared Vision

By 2030, we will have created a more sustainable region by advancing shared economic, societal, environmental goals. We will achieve this transformational change by leveraging the collective power of cross-sector collaboration.

When we are successful, we will:

  • See a larger share of state and federal resources flowing to our region.
  • Foster deeper, productive connections with elected leaders and decision-makers to understand how they connect their work to projects and resources in their respective districts.
  • Recognize meaningful improvement on shared outcomes prioritized in the Scorecard, which support progress toward a more thriving community.

ECONOMIC Spotlight: New STEM Internship Matchmaking Program

20Fathoms has announced an exciting new internship matchmaking program to help forge connections between students in the STEM field and regional employers in Northwest Lower Michigan. ... (More)

SOCIAL Spotlight: TART Bayfront Improvement Project

TART Trails is partnering with Michigan DOT as it reconstructs Grandview Parkway so that the existing trail is expanded and that safer road crossings and trail intersections are implemented. ... (More)

ENVIRONMENTAL Spotlight: Nature Fest 2024

Join Green Elk Rapids for Nature Fest 2024 on June 8 from 11 am-2 pm at Veterans' Memorial Park in Elk Rapids! Connect with leaders from 50 regional orgs, explore outdoor recreation activities, and enjoy live music, crafts, and food! ... (More)