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Flint non-profit leader becomes youngest board chair of organization

FLINT — Glenn Wilson, President/ CEO of Communities First, Inc. was recently elected to the role of board chair for the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM). Prior to becoming board chair, he served as a board member and secretary for the statewide organization. Glenn’s experience in real estate development, entrepreneurship, leadership, non-profit management and marketing will be of benefit in his new position.

“The world of community economic development is changing rapidly. It is now a field that includes placemaking, agriculture, financial empowerment, real estate and so much more. There are great opportunities to improve Michigan communities through the diversity of available tools. I am honored to serve as CEDAM’s board chair and I am excited to assist this amazing organization in this new capacity”, said Wilson of his election.

CEDAM is a nonprofit membership organization based in Lansing that represents hundreds of individuals and organizations committed to revitalizing and rebuilding Michigan through community economic development. Since 1996, CEDAM has provided policy and advocacy, technical assistance and training on issues that help create strong, vibrant communities including those related to affordable housing, financial empowerment, foreclosure mitigation, downtown and neighborhood revitalization and more. For more information about CEDAM, visit

Communities First, Inc. is a Flint based nonprofit Community Development Corporation which was founded in 2010. — G.G.

Catholic Charities to announce “Fight for Flint”

FLINT — Catholic Charities, Flint, will host a press conference at Mass Transportation Authority’s administration offices, located at 1401 S. Dort Hwy, Flint, to announce the “Fight For Flint” initiative in support of individuals, and the community along with a new business directory comprised of local,

The press conference, which is open to the public, will be July 12, at 10 a.m., national and worldwide supporters.

Spokespersons include: Erin Brockovich; Leann Walters, Flint resident recently featured on NOVA special “Poisoned Water”; Vicky Schultz, CEO, Catholic Charities; and Ed Benning, President, MTA. – G.G.

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