Working together across 10+ counties 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 cross-sector partners from business, governmental, and nonprofit sectors, Coalition Contributors work together to support our region. A 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 Civil Right Protections

Gov. Whitmer has signed legislation to expand the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, which now includes protection for sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. This will support the attraction and retention of top talent in MI. ... (More)

SOCIAL Spotlight: Inclusive Housing Resource

The 2022 Discharge of Prohibited Restrictive Covenants Act allows for the removal of racist and other discriminatory language from housing deeds. Learn more about removing these restrictive covenants from MSU Extension. ... (More)

ENVIRONMENTAL Spotlight: Clean Energy News

Traverse City Light & Power has installed the first oil-free transformer unit in the county. According the TCL&P, "The transformer can better withstand environmental hazards, provide a greener solution to the power grid, and (offer) more resiliency." ... (More)

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