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The 2015 Detroit Community Development Awards presented by the MASCO Corporation Foundation and a host of sponsors on October 28th was a joyous evening of celebration for the rising tide of talent, hard work, creativity and commitment that is breathing new life into Detroit neighborhoods. The Awards are held in partnership with Detroit LISC, Michigan Community Resources and Community Development Advocates of Detroit. Awardees were selected by an independent panel of judges. Please view the slideshow below or visit the Detroit LISC Flickr page for more photos of the event.
CDC/Nonprofit Developer of the Year - Central Detroit Christian Community Development Corporation
Recognizes a Community Development Corporation (CDC) or Nonprofit Developer that has made a demonstrable and measurable impact on the quality of life in the community it serves by enhancing the physical infrastructure (housing or commercial projects), engaging residents and executing effective and innovative approaches to neighborhood revitalization.
Excellence in Real Estate Development Award - Shelborne Development
Recognizes a Real Estate Project (new construction or rehabilitation) that significantly improved the physical appearance and development of a neighborhood.
Distinction in Placemaking Award - Hope House Nature and Agro-Ecology Center
Recognizes a project that leveraged local artistic talent, private and public assets and/or other community resources to transform a Public Space into a safe and inviting environment that attracts both residents and visitors.
Exemplary Neighborhood Leadership Award - Bryan Ferguson, Schoolcraft Improvement Association
Recognizes an Individual who measurably improved the quality of life in a neighborhood by working collaboratively with residents, local businesses and/or public institutions to improve the livability of a community.
Distinguished Corporate Volunteer Award - Lori Boyce, Deloitte Tax LLP
Recognizes an Individual who advanced community development as a volunteer donating their professional skills and services.
Bridget Vance Award for Outstanding Safety Initiative - MorningSide Board of Directors and UAW-Ford
Recognizes an Individual or an Organization that has greatly improved the community by working with others to promote a safe and healthy environment for families, residents, businesses and visitors.
Champion for Working Families Award - Southwest Economic Solutions
Recognizes an Organization that has excelled in providing programs or services to help working families build assets, achieve financial self-sufficiency and move up the economic ladder.
Extraordinary Economic Development Award - Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation
Recognizes an Organization that has been a driving force in building the local economy through small business development, support for entrepreneurs, fostering local talent or expanding employment opportunities.
Community Strategy of the Year Award - Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program
Recognizes the development and successful implementation of an Initiative that promotes and/or is integral to a comprehensive community development strategy. Applicants will be evaluated for leadership and innovation; ability to work with other agencies; short and long term impact; and demonstrated improvement or change in
2015 was also a celebration of the inaugrial People's Choice Awards, sponsored by Comerica. Awardees were chosen in each of the seven Detroit City Council districts by popular vote during a period of open online voting. Candidates were nominated based on their work in Detroit's neighborhoods and finalists were admitted to the open online voting period. We congratualte all the winners of the 2015 People's Choice Award!
District 1 / Heritage Youth Program
District 2 / "IT FEELS GOOD 2B ME!!!"
District 3 / BE Culturally Exposed
District 4 / U-SNAP-BAC
District 5 / 360 Detroit, Inc.
District 6 / Unity in Our Community TimeBank
District 7 / Communities of Hope
The annual Detroit Community Development Awards honors the hardworking residents and organizations whose vision and leadership transform their communities into good places to live, do business, work and raise families. Established in 2001 by Detroit LISC, the current award celebration is held in conjunction with CDAD and MCR as an event to assemble corporations, foundations, financial institutions, small businesses, developers and nonprofits for a festive night of celebration and tribute.
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