Category: Community Written by Huffington Post
Last Updated on Thursday, 25 April 2013 17:37
Category: Community Written by News One
In a bid to spark development in low-income and under-served communities, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced on Wednesday that it will award $3.5 billion in tax credits to several organizations. The New Markets Tax Credit will be distributed among 85 organizations that will channel the credits through 28 states and Washington, D.C. The Treasury Depatment’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI) hopes this credit will assist in President Barack Obama’s commitment to spur economic growth across the United States.
From the press release:
The New Markets Tax Credit addresses one of the most significant obstacles to economic development that low-income communities face: a lack of access to patient, private investment capital,” said Treasury Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions Cyrus Amir-Mokri.
The $31 billion worth of tax credits awarded in past years have gone
Last Updated on Thursday, 25 April 2013 17:49
Category: Community - Original Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
Museum invites Detroit community to see restored piano and celebrate the history of Motown
The Motown Museum is proudly offering free admission for the community to celebrate its annual Esther Gordy Edwards Community Day this Thursday, April 25, 2013.
Community Day is held to celebrate the life and legacy of the late Mrs. Edwards, who is best remembered as a Motown executive, sister of Motown records founder Berry Gordy and the founder of the Motown Museum. Her career in the music industry was followed by an illustrious second career as an entrepreneur, business leader and influential member of several Detroit and nationally recognized institutions. She was also a nationally recognized philanthropist, mentor to women in business and a staunch advocate for the city of Detroit.
This year’s Community Day celebration promises to be particularly momentous as it falls on the heels of the recently restored 1877 Steinway grand piano’s return to the Museum and the opening of Motown: The Musical on Broadway.
The internationally documented story of the restoration of this historic Motown piano—played by the likes of Marvin Gaye, Earl Van Dyke of the original Funk Brothers, Stevie Wonder and Edwin Starr—began when Paul McCartney visited Motown Museum in July of 2011 and was so moved by its musical aura that he later declared it to be the “Holy Grail.” The next day, after his concert in Detroit, McCartney called the Museum to offer his support in restoring the historic piano. It was then transported to New York in the fall of 2011 where it was restored to professional recording quality with all of its internal components—including its soundboard, keys, hammers, pins, and strings restored at the Steinway & Sons factory.
The newly-restored piano made its official debut when it was played by Paul McCartney and Berry Gordy for the first time at an event to benefit the Motown Museum in September 2012 at Steinway Hall in New York City with 100 patrons of the Museum in attendance. The piano returned to its home inside the Museum earlier this month.
Community Day will also feature musical performances by Detroit Public Schools performing arts students, many of whom were sent to New York City last weekend for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see Motown: The Musical on Broadway and meet the cast, courtesy of the Motown Museum and the Gordy Foundation.
“This is a chance for the community to revisit the birthplace of Motown and experience the Museum’s rare collection of artifacts—including our newly-restored piano,” said Robin R. Terry, granddaughter of Mrs. Edwards and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Motown Museum. “We welcome the voices of these talented students, Detroit’s next generation of performers, artists and creators, as we celebrate the living legacy of Motown.”
The Museum is open on Thursday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. The students will perform from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
About Motown Museum
Founded in 1985 by Esther Gordy Edwards, Motown Museum is a 501(c)(3) not for profit, tax-exempt organization in Detroit. The Museum is committed to preserving, protecting and presenting the Motown story through authentic, inspirational and educational experiences.
Last Updated on Thursday, 25 April 2013 00:01
Category: Community Written by Roz Edward, National Content Director
Photo credit: Monica Morgan
Three heavy hitters took the stage at the Detroit Athletic Club on Thursday, April 25, to address an audience of state and local officials and business men and women at the Michigan Chronicle’s Pancakes and Politics. The event, which has in the past included mayors, governors and Fortune 500 CEOs focuses on the commitment of state and local leaders to the revitalization of Detroit.
Developer and Quicken Loans chairman, Dan Gilbert, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation president and CEO George Jackson and Midtown Detroit Inc., president Sue Mosey discussed a variety of topics ranging from Detroit’s Emergency Manager Kevin Orr to mid and downtown development.
When Pancakes and Politics moderator Carol Cain asked Jackson how the city’s financial manager might impact DEGC projects, Jackson responded that he was hopeful about the EM’s progress. “We have to make change. We can’t keep doing the same things and expect different results. … but our expectation is that he will help us address some very critical issues that have not been addressed. … We have to do something about the defenders of a dysfunctional status quo.”
Gilbert added that excitement was building around several key developments, particularly employment and business opportunities in Detroit’s inner city. “We have walkable communities downtown now, and that has positively affected 9500 people, and what is even more important to note is that 4500 of those jobs were created in the city, they are not jobs moved from somewhere else. … Innovation and creativity is at an all-time high.”
During the open question and answer segment, one Pancake and Politic patron said that Midtown Detroit was becoming a city in and of itself. Mosey, who has been a critical player in the area’s development, said there were several key indicators at work. “People are coming in and seeing businesses at work as well as significant activity. We have to leverage that … to benefit neighborhoods as the downtown core gets better.”
Gilbert, Jackson and Mosey all affirmed rumors of Detroit’s demise were greatly exaggerated. “I never thought Detroit was dead. The city needed to see hope and there is nothing like hope to get people going … You can’t get discouraged. … I always tell these entrepreneurs if you care about yourself and you’re a capitalist, this is the place to be.”
“I think we are on the cusp of something great,” concluded Jackson.
The Michigan Chronicle’s Pancakes and Politics series will feature the regions ‘Big Four,’ Detroit mayor Dave Bing, Wayne County executive Robert Ficano, Macomb County executive Mark Hackel and Oakland County executive L. Brooks Patterson. The event will be held on May 16 at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham, MI.
Last Updated on Friday, 17 May 2013 11:39
Category: Community - Original Written by AJ Williams, Chronicle Web Editor
Detroit Public Schools’ new ‘DPS Open Doors Day’ guaranteed to wow families!
On Saturday, April 27, more than 90 DPS schools will open their doors, allowing parents to see schools firsthand; meet principals, staff and parent leaders; take tours; sample healthy nutrition food in the school cafeterias for free; and see in action DPS’ plans to create Neighborhood-Centered, Quality Schools throughout the city.
The ‘DPS Open Doors Day’ will be held from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. as part of the Open Enrollment Period, which runs through May 10.
Some activities will include classroom visits, instructional technology/lab demonstrations, presentations by teachers, student performances and business/community partner information. Some schools will also feature choirs, step and cheer teams, puppet shows, mini band concerts, Michigan Tech Science Experiment Stations and more!
Unique ‘DPS Open Doors Day’ offerings:
· Two free flights over the city by staff from Davis Aerospace High School
· Hard-hat tour of the new Diann Banks-Williamson Educational Center, a $6.67 million addition to replace the old Kettering West Wing facility for Special Education that will open adjacent to the new East English Village Preparatory Academy
· Showcase of the district’s 17 new or significantly renovated schools as part of the 2009 bond issue
· Dance and music performances by students from the renowned Detroit School of Arts
· Free shuttle buses available from seven Parent Resource Center hubs; the four-hour time block, as well as the shuttle bus service, will allow families to visit several schools in one day
· Free samples of DPS’ healthy lunches, free refreshments and other giveaways, while supplies last
· Mobile Dentist at Ludington Magnet Middle School
· Preschool Showcase at Marcus Garvey Academy and Charles Wright Academy
· Free workshops by The Home Depot at the Osborn Parent Resource Center
· Autistic Team offering information and support opportunities for students with disabilities at Earhart Elementary-Middle School
· And much more!
Individual schools that are open for enrollment include 12 neighborhood schools showcased by Excellent Schools Detroit as among the best in the city, as well as new schools and college preparatory programs with curriculums focusing on science, medicine and performing arts. DPS also offers multilingual education programs, Public School League scholar-athlete programs and Parent Resource Centers.
More than 90 schools open for information, tours from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; FREE shuttle service; Every site will offer FREE healthy meals, receptions and giveaways!
For enrollment information, call (313) 240-4377 or visit detroitk12.org/enroll
Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 April 2013 15:51
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