2018 Community-Up! Conference: Rethinking Strategy
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2018 Community-Up! Conference: Rethinking Strategy

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This years theme "Rethinking Strategy"!

Attention all Community Banks, Community Development Corps., NonProfits and CDFI's, this conference aims to provide you with resources, systems and best practices to develop innovative strategies that help strengthen CRA Program and Performance, while providing collaborative partnership solutions for key stakeholders.  .

Community-Up! Is a non-profit organization that provides knowledge based solutions, best practices and resources for community development initiatives, focusing on  strengthening communities through innovative and collaborative strategies.

We accomplish this by hosting an annual Peer to Peer Conference full of Community Development Experts, Community Advocates, Community Non-Profit Organizations, CDFI's and other Industry Professionals. 


-In Partnership with the Wayne County CRA Association - a consortium of Banks whose mission is to identify the needs of the low-to-moderate income communities and support them through partnership, small business expansion, workforce development, affordable housing and economic development.



  • NeighborWorks Michigan -NeighborWorks America creates opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives and strengthen their communities. John Santner shares an update on the work that NeighborWorks is doing in Michigan and how to collaborate.
  • CDFI Coalition - CDFI Coalition was created to provide a vehicle for national advocacy on behalf of CDFIs. The CDFI Coalition leaders drafted a policy paper that described key issues CDFIs face, and identified ways the federal government could support CDFIs’ work in low-income neighborhoods. This panel will discuss initiatives from various CDFI Coalitions.
  • What happens with community development "Turns the Corner?"  The Turning the Corner project seeks an understanding of the process that drives neighborhood change with the goal of informing governments on strategies for displacement prevention and inclusive revitalization. As part of the Urban Institute’s National Neighborhood Indicator Partnership (NNIP), this project focuses on recovering and moderate housing markets that are experiencing neighborhood change. Come learn more about this exciting work from Data Driven Detroit. 
  • Community Benefit Agreements (Plans) are used to ensure that local real estate development projects create opportunities for local workers and communities. "Banks have an important role to play in our communities, and these community benefits agreements help ensure they fulfill that role for everyone, including low- and moderate-income communities and communities of color," said John Taylor, president and CEO of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC), the driving force behind the recent proliferation of bank CBAs. In this incarnation of CBAs, banks team up with local community organizations to negotiate key services and resources targeted to communities traditionally underserved by banks. Learn from industry experts about their CBA's. 
  • Calling all Nonprofits!  You won't want to miss this workshop.  We will demystify the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) Regulation.  Learn the 5 core principles of the CRA to better align your community initiatives with your banking partners.


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