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Executive Summary Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) come in a number of forms and are involved in a range of activities. These organizations in Grand Rapids have a difficult time accessing the appropriate tools to perform community economic development. In part, neighborhood organizations lack the capacity to take on complex Community Economic Development (CED) projects. However, some CED may be achieved through the utilization of available tools. Residential Housing Development, Commercial and Industrial Development, Worker Development, and Business Ownership have been identified as areas of CED in which neighborhood organizations can play an active role. This manual explains how such organizations can affect the aforementioned areas through the use of the following ‘tools’: ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

Brownfield Redevelopment Authority Homebuyer Assistance Fund Housing Rehabilitation Programs Michigan Historic Preservation Tax Credits YouthBuild Community Development Corporations Micro Loan Programs Urban Business District Small Business Assistance Programs Business Incubators Tax Abatements Renaissance Zone

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