BUILDING THE ENGINE OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT IN DETROIT: 
WHERE WE ARE AS OF MAY/JUNE 2018

Phase Two is a 3-year process.  We are now solidly into the 2nd year of Phase Two, focusing on building on our research to develop definitive “Detroit Strategies” for community development.   We hope that the 3rd year of Phase Two – 2019 - will focus primarily on testing these strategies.

The BECDD Advisory Council was formed in early 2017 and is composed of almost 40 high-level leaders in the civic, community development, human service, philanthropic, government and business sectors. In 2018 the Advisory Council will pivot to create a strategy for what a community development governance structure will look like.  Ideally the governance structure will be in place by 2019. In the meantime the Advisory Council is overseeing 8 Task Forces – each dedicated to responding to a specific challenge as we continue to build our system:

  • Vision and Values Task Force – Activated.  Co-Leaders: Rev Joan Ross and Jeanine Hatcher
  • City Partnership Task Force – Activated. Co-Leaders: Michael Rafferty and Donna Givens
  • Intermediary System Task Force  - Activated.  Co-Leaders: Sarida Scott and Tahirih Ziegler                        
  • Success Framework Task Force – Activated.  Co-Leaders: Kayana Sessoms and Lily Hamburger
  • Defining Neighborhoods Task Force   - Activated.  Co-Leaders: Linda Smith and Marc Siwak                   
  • Leadership Pipeline Task Force – Activated.  Co-Leaders:  Raul Echeverria and Shelley Danner
  • Capitalizing the System Task Force – Activation expected in August
  • Tax Credit Incentive Program Task Force  - Activation expected in the 4th quarter of 2018

These Task Forces are:

  • Designing a model for a structured, citywide “Neighborhood Voice” process to lift up the priorities and ideas of Detroit’s neighborhoods
  • Generating a statement and framework for what “Equitable Development in Detroit” looks like
  • Designing a “Community Development Capacity Building Clearinghouse” to support CDOs and GROs as they work in neighborhoods
  • Building a system to measure and report on progress in Neighborhood Zones within each Council District, toward a goal of “Neighborhood Vitality”
  • Creating both a) agreements on the best way for city government and neighborhood-based organizations to interact, and b) actual projects that city government and community development can work on together
  • Creating undergraduate community development “certificate” tracks and professional development workshops; and a “career navigation” model to help everyone from youth to seniors develop a CD career
  • Strategizing on how to resource and fund the whole community development system we are working on


The BECDD series - “Real Change, Real Talk: Food, Drink and Conversation about Detroit’s Neighborhoods” – continues.  There will be five “Real Change Real Talk” events in 2018.  The next one is September 27, 4:30-7:30 pm at the Adams Butzel Recreation Complex in District 7.  Stephen Henderson will co-moderate. Look for young people to be involved in each session.  

The BECDD Deep Dive Documentation partnership with CDAD and Data Driven Detroit has been ongoing and about 85 interviews have been completed with 65 more to go. The resulting data and maps should be ready by Fall of 2018, once we complete about 150 interviews of CDOs and Grass Roots Organizations.  This information will help us determine what neighborhoods have no CDO coverage. It will lift up the work of so many grass roots organizations in Detroit. And it will help us create ways to report on progress in our neighborhoods.