BECDD ANNUAL SUMMITS

In late 2018, we convened our third annual summit at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History: “Laying the Foundation and Taking Action for Detroit Neighborhoods.”

Over 180 people representing more than 100 stakeholder organizations participated in the event. The largest stakeholder cohorts were CDOs and Intermediaries at over 20% each of the total representation.   

The first part of the event was dedicated to a presentation by several 2018 BECDD Task Force leaders of foundational directions for community development in Detroit: an Equitable Development Framework, a Statement of Commitment to Equity in the Community Development Profession, a Call To Action for Policy Priorities and Principles of Engagement Between City Government and Neighborhoods. Participants discussed and supported these statements, citing the importance of dealing with structural racism in neighborhoods and calling for more emphasis on engaging grass roots residents in the process and helping young people enter the community development field.

Later that morning, a panel representing community development stakeholders from Detroit, Philadelphia, Boston and Cleveland discussed how city government engaged with community development in their respective cities. The guests from Philly, Boston and Cleveland set great examples for Detroit on how community development corporations organized through their trade associations to create a seat at city government tables and influence policy and program formation.

The lunch timeframe was dedicated to a presentation and discussion with Dr. Peter Hammer, Director of the WSU Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights. Dr. Hammer presented an analysis of how spatial racism has affected southeastern Michigan, and how our tendency to rely on capital-based projects (primarily real estate) hasn't always resulted in strong neighborhood economies for cities populated primarily by people of color. He called for more investment in labor-based enterprise.

The afternoon focused on small-group discussions on five specific project concepts developed during 2018 by BECDD Task Forces: a Community Development Career Navigation Model, Coordination of Community Development Capacity Building Services, a Neighborhood Vitality Success Framework, a Neighborhood Voice and Advocacy Framework and Partnerships between CDOs and the City of Detroit. Participants dug into the details of these ideas and offered excellent feedback.

The last session involved a reporting out on these small group discussions and a general discussion on the direction of community development in Detroit. A working definition of community development was reviewed, with strong suggestions to emphasize collaboration, youth and resident leadership development and the importance of alliances with public education and workforce development.

Participants’ evaluations were overwhelmingly supportive. Nearly 90% of the participants felt the event was useful and informative, an event they would attend again. The highest-rated component of the event was the Dr. Peter Hammer presentation on “spatial racism.”

Special thanks

We’d like to thank our event sponsors: the Kresge Foundation, Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Foundation, and WK Kellogg Foundation and Ford Foundation. We're always thankful to our core partners: Community Development Advocates of Detroit, Lawrence Technological University and Michigan Nonprofit Association.

Click the following links to hear what happened on the day:

Part 1: WELCOME+OVERVIEW, BECDD PROCESS, FRAMEWORK FOR EQUITABLE DEVELOPMENT, POLICY PRIORITIES PART 1

Part 2: POLICY PRIORITIES PART 2, PRINCIPLES OF ENGAGEMENT BETWEEN CITY OF DETROIT AND NEIGHBORHOODS

Part 3: EQUITY IN THE PROFESSION OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT IN DETROIT, NEIGHBORHOOD ZONES STRATEGY+PROCESS TO ASSURE CDO COVERAGE

Part 4: FACILITATE CONVERSATION AND CONSENSUS BUILDING

Part 5: GOVERNMENT AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT: HOW DO THEY ALIGN PART 1

Part 6: GOVERNMENT AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT: HOW DO THEY ALIGN PART 2

Part 7: DR. PETER HAMMER: A PRESENTATION ON SPATIAL RACISM PART 1

Part 8: DR. PETER HAMMER: A PRESENTATION ON SPATIAL RACISM PART 2

It was truly a monumental occasion! Stay tuned for a full report. But for now, access the Summit PowerPoint here, Dr. Peter Hammer’s presentation on spatial racism here and take our Readiness to Collaborate Survey here.


2017 Annual Summit Summary Video

Building the Engine of Community Development in Detroit (BECDD) held it's 2017 Summit on December 5th at the UM Detroit Center.  120 people representing 83 stakeholder organizations joined the conversations:

CDO Practitioners (25%)Academia (18%)Intermediaries (13%) Citywide Civic Institutions (13%)Government Officials (10%)Grass Roots Leaders (9%) Philanthropy Executives (7%)Small Businesses (5%)

Over a full day of presentations, discussion and debate, the Summit included:

  • National Research results that validated our "seven system elements", identified "best practice cities," and emphasized the important role of social cohesion strategies in developing strong neighborhoods.

  • Validation of a sample update of the CDAD D[Comm] Tool that will eventually document (around summer of 2018) and map where and how all of the community development work is now taking place in Detroit

  • Consensus on a "Neighborhood Vitality" Success Framework including support for a partnership with the City of Detroit to measure progress on "vital neighborhood" indicators.

  • Consensus on the development of community development academic and career pathways that credential this work for everyone from grass roots leaders to mid-career professionals

  • Support for a Community Development Capacity Building Clearinghouse that would coordinate and support a systematic approach to supporting strong CDOs and Grass Roots Organization

  • Updated a "working definition" of community development, CDOs and GROs in Detroit

Through "Kitchen Cabinet" meetings (click here for video) and in general plenary sessions (click here for video), participants discussed and debated:

I appreciated the Summit because I had the chance to speak about some of the things that matter in my community and what is happening with my organization.
— 2017 Summit Attendee

Why and how we need to "cluster" neighborhoods and name them to measure progress and tell the right stories about our neighborhoods What "equitable development" means - really - and how we can achieve it in our neighborhoods The importance of supporting professional development for existing practitioners, and of building up the salary and benefits structure for practitioners Strategies and thoughts on how community development and the City of Detroit should partner together

Participants heard from Janet Attarian, Deputy Director of City Planning; and Arthur Jemison, Director of Housing & Revitalization (click here for video), each of whom reflected on how and why we have to work together to build the community development field in Detroit.  Several CDOs informally shared their work and vision in the areas of  public education, health, youth and senior empowerment, business and entrepreneurial support, and "green" strategies.

Two young people, Tierra Modock and Christopher Griffin, from the Northend Storytellers presented a documentary on the importance of telling the stories of our communities.

By all accounts it was an insightful, energetic, productive and powerful day.  Stakeholders guided and affirmed the direction of the work that BECDD completed in 2017 with over 140 stakeholder organizations, and the work BECDD will do in 2018.

New insights on and affirmations of BECDD's 2018 work included:

See below for photos and full consultant reports and click here for the PowerPoint Presentation from the event and here for the detailed Summit report. 

Special thanks to event sponsors UM Detroit Center, the Kresge Foundation, Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Foundation, WK Kellogg Foundation and LISC.  We're always thankful to our core partners: Community Development Advocates of Detroit, Lawrence Technological University and Michigan Nonprofit Association. 

 


In late October 2016, we convened a day long summit with 63 of the stakeholders organizations at the UM Detroit Center.

63 STAKEHOLDER ORGANIZATIONS PARTICIPATED. THE BREAKDOWN OF THE PARTICIPATING STAKEHOLDER GROUPS IS AS FOLLOWS:

  • CDO PRACTITIONERS (14)

  • CIVIC INSTITUTIONS (11)

  • ACADEMIA (10)

  • CAPACITY BUILDERS (10)

  • CITY GOVERNMENT (6)

  • FUNDERS (5)

  • GRASSROOTS ORGANIZATIONS (5)

  • SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS (2)

On October 26, 2016, BECDD hosted an "All Stakeholder Convening" for the organizations that had participated in discussions..

A panel was comprised of one representative  from each of the Kitchen Cabinets. There were two separate facilitated discussions between participants and panelists:

  • Panel #1 - Panelists and participants discussed and debated more of the "Big Questions."

  • Panel #2 - Panelists reported on their respective Subcommittee work, and discussion followed.

Facilitated break out sessions allowed participants to self-select which subcommittee topic they wanted to focus on, and provided more feedback.

Consensus was reached on a few key questions: