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The Detroit Future City (DFC) Implementation Office Latest E-newsletter: DFC Field Guide Implementation Update, Impact Detroit Partnership for Capacity Building, and Welcoming Seven New Board Members
 
The DFC Implementation Office works to build capacity in Detroit communities in a number of ways.  It’s how we can ensure Detroiters have the knowledge and resources to put the imperatives of the DFC Strategic Framework into action to improve quality of life in their neighborhoods.
 
The DFC Field Guide mini-grant implementation and our partnership with Impact Detroit are perfect examples of this.  Both initiatives are putting resources in the hands of Detroiters, so they can influence long-term planning, as well as make near-term changes to their land that have long-term impact.
 
Please see below to learn more about these projects and to meet our new board members. 
 
Implementing Lot Designs Using The Field Guide to Working with Lots
 
In June, the Field Guide mini grant winners, including the North Rosedale Park Civic Association, Bounce Back Detroit, Demographic Inspiration Detroit and the West Village Association, unveiled their lot designs recently. Bounce Back Detroit implemented the Rain Garden lot design with a redeveloped, community-initiated trail leading to the business strip on West Davison Street on Detroit’s west side. This concept preserves the original functionality of the lot, as well as transforms the land into a scenic attraction in the neighborhood. The North Rosedale Park Civic Association implementation of the Butterfly Meadow lot design on the west side of Detroit has added to the wonderful personality and welcoming environment of Stahelin Street.
 
These are a few of the 15 grassroots organizations and individuals that will have their Field Guide lot designs completed this month. We are thrilled to showcase the fruits of their labor and to see DFC’s Field Guide lot designs come to life in Detroit’s neighborhoods!
 
Click here for more information and images on our Field Guide mini grantees.
 
If you are using the DFC Field Guide to Working with Lots to transform your lot, or a vacant lot in your community, please let us know! Send us an email at field-guide@detroitfuturecity.com – we’d love to hear from you! For updates regarding the Field Guide, engage on Facebook and Twitter, and follow #DFClots.
 
Capacity Building with Impact Detroit
 
The DFC Implementation Office has partnered with the Kresge Foundation and the Impact Detroit Engagement Fund to support capacity building for the Impact Detroit network.  The Engagement Fund provides support for innovation and capacity building for Impact Detroit members who support the Detroit Strategic Framework. This funding opportunity supports community planning efforts in partnership with the City of Detroit’s planning director, Maurice Cox. 
 
Impact Detroit recently awarded six community-based organizations with up to $15,000 for the development of innovative neighborhood projects. Grant funding was distributed to organizations that best prioritized community planning and innovative capacity building activities and projects in their vision. This includes organizations like the Black Youth Project (BYP) 100 Detroit Chapter who received funding to attend the 2016 BYP100’s Building Black Futures National Convening in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Impact Detroit Engagement Fund provided resources for the Impact Detroit Coordinator to attend the 2015 Policy Link Equity Summit in Los Angeles, California. The Equity Summit 2015 grounded inclusion, justice, and prosperity in the urgent issues of today and connected them to the creativity and bold vision of the equity movement.
 
The DFC Implementation Office Welcomes New Board Members  
 
The DFC Implementation Office became an independent non-profit earlier this year and we are excited to begin expanding our board with seven new members, who represent a cross section of our stakeholder community.
 
We are pleased to welcome the following new board members:
 
Dave Blaskiewicz, President & CEO, Invest Detroit
Maurice Cox, Planning Director, City of Detroit
Gina Metrakas, Planning Director, Rock Ventures, LLC
Tiffany Douglas, Director of Urban Revitalization, Bank of America
Rev. James Curenton, Pastor, Mayflower Congregational UCC
Wendy Jackson, Deputy Director, The Kresge Foundation
Rebecca Willis, Project Manager, Bleeding Heart Design

 
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Join us on Monday, July 18, at 5:30 p.m. for The Buzz: Mow & Show at the All Saints Neighborhood Center and Springdale Green in the Springwells Village community on Detroit's southwest side.
 
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Check out our Initiatives 

The DFC Implementation Office works with a wide of partners to cultivate initiatives that demonstrate how the recommendations of the Strategic Framework may be fulfilled. 

Click here for the complete list of initiatives.

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