Discovering and applying new and innovative economic development tools, models, policies, and programs
Creating Jobs and Wealth in Distressed Michigan Communities

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Getting started 2021’s Co-Learning Plan author, Tony Willis, will continue to examine equitable economic development in to 2022. In this unique opportunity, Co-Learning Plans offer authors opportunity to research out new ideas, practices and innovations. Fellows ´╗┐may then build upon this working towards implementation. As a part of his 2022 Fellowship, Tony will research and work to implement a land trust opportunity within Ingham County working strongly with the Ingham County Commissioners, Lansing Economic Area Partnership and Financial Empowerment Center. His work, the Communal and Cooperative Investment Models, project attempts to remove obstacles and create opportunities for low-income individuals and communities of color by implementing communal and cooperative investment/business models to soothe economic instability. In this way, Willis intends on creating increased income and asset acquisition that will provide owners and community members with a greater opportunity to grow wealth. 

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