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CEDAM- Community Development Fellow

The City of Hancock seeks Community Development Fellow to spearhead city-wide projects in Hancock through 15-month position.

Applications are now open for the CEDAM Community Development Fellowship, a full-time, salaried role starting October 2021.

The City of Hancock is seeking applicants for the CEDAM Community Development Fellowship, a 15-month paid position that will help expand organizational capacity and take on a variety of development projects in the City of Hancock. The fellow will work full-time beginning October 2021.

The City of Hancock was one of 10 Redevelopment Ready Communities (RRC) selected by the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM) and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to host fellows for 2021-22. The fellow will take on various projects that aid in community economic development, ultimately helping promote equity and improve quality of life for those who live or work in the City of Hancock. Some potential projects include economic development strategy, ordinance review and updates, Master Plan review and implementation strategies, placemaking.

“The CEDAM Fellowship is a great opportunity for individuals to gain professional experience in the community development sector, and for host communities to take on additional projects,” says Rachel Diskin, director of capacity building at CEDAM. “Through this program, we are able to help Michigan expand the range of what’s possible and, at the end of the day, address critical needs to make their community stronger.”

In addition to a salary and benefits, the Community Development Fellowship also offers training, professional development and networking opportunities for fellows. Many CEDAM fellows go on to work in government, policy and the nonprofit industry. Past fellow duties have included assessing public and private land for viability as housing, creating a marketing plan, drafting an economic development strategy and more.

The deadline to apply for the fellowship is July 26. To learn more about the position and how to apply, visit

The Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM) is a coalition of leaders across Michigan’s community development sector that work to create vibrant, inclusive spaces for all people to live and work. To achieve this, CEDAM’s policy work emphasizes supporting under-resourced communities and addressing systemic racism in the areas of affordable housing, community economic development and economic inclusion at both the federal and state level.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) is the state’s marketing arm and lead advocate for business development, job awareness and community development with the focus on growing Michigan’s economy.

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