The LISC led Sustainable Communities Initiative (SCI) and Vanguard CDC are working on creating a quality of life plan.
Building a sustainable community includes but is not limited to: the built environment and creating affordable housing & mixed income opportunities; commercial corridor and facade improvements and attracting businesses to the corridor. Increasing family wealth and income and decreasing debt. Access to quality schools, after school and early childhood education programs. Healthy environments: health facilities, green space, arts & cultural amenities. And anything else that the community envisions!
The first couple of SCI work group meetings centered around cementing the community’s priorities, creating an “early action” project, which is a short term project that can happen in the next 6 months while we also plan for larger projects that we will implement throughout the next 3 years. We also worked on figuring out who needs to be at the table. To get more people to the table, multiple avenues were created to allow the community to participate and give input.
One way to participate is to be apart of the work group meetings. There are five different work groups: Physical Development, Safety & The Environment, Economic & Commercial Development, Education, Financial Counseling & Jobs. The meeting schedule is below.
Up Coming Meeting Schedule
Thursday, March 8:
Economic Development 4-6:00 pm – Cameron Court (8600 Cameron)
Community Safety 6-8:00 pm – Cameron Court (8600 Cameron)
Monday, March 12:
Physical Development 6-8 pm – Red Door Digital (7500 Oakland)
Thursday, March 15:
Education 6-8 pm – Vanguard CDC (2875 E. Grand Blvd.)
Thursday, March 22:
Jobs and Asset Building – 6-8:00 pm – Cameron Court (8600 Cameron)
Community Input Online Survey
You can also provide input via an online survey here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5MRB28N .
Conference Call Interest Survey
Given enough interest, we will hold a conference call to provide a platform for community input. Please fill out the following survey if you are interested in participating in a conference call:
Grand Woodward SCI Pictures
*Boundaries for the “Grand Woodward” area are: the Lodge to I-75 and Holbrook to I-94.
For more information please email Corey McCord, Community Communications Manager of Vanguard CDC, at CMcCord@VanguardCDC.org.
Check out Elise Ramey of My Detroit Cable interview Tahirih Ziegler, Executive Director of Detroit LISC, about the Sustainable Communities work occurring in Detroit:
Teen Tech Week is an annual celebration of technology and digital literacy, and encourages teens to take advantage of the many technologies available to them, free of charge, at their libraries. This event is open to Teens 13 and up at the Skillman Branch Library (121 Gratiot).
Author Visit: Dr. Velonda Thompson
Wednesday, March 7, 2012 – 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Meet the author of: Pass the Sweet Potatoes, Please: an educational cookbook that gives the reader an historical look at the sweet potato as well as a review of medical research connecting sweet potato nutrients to cancer prevention. The variety of recipes included are delicious and easy to prepare. Sweet potatoes are not just for Thanksgiving anymore. Book signing and books available for purchase.
The event will be held at the Redford Branch Library located on 21200 Grand River. For more information please call the Redford Brand Library at (313) 481-1820.