arising_summitAn information forum on two competing community benefit proposals will be featured as part of the 7th annual ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Rising Summit, which will be held Saturday, Nov. 5 at the downtown campus of Wayne County Community College District.

The summit’s purpose is to equip residents with strategies and tools to address many of the issues they face throughout the year, including crime, fighting blight and establishing neighborhood block clubs.

Sponsored by the Kresge Foundation, Detroit Future City and the DTE Energy Foundation, the summit is free and will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the downtown campus of WCCCD located at 1001 W. Fort Street, 48226. It will include a continental breakfast and lunch.

The discussion of the two community benefit proposals, created to give residents greater input in neighborhood development projects, is sure to be a hot topic. However, the proposals are structured differently in terms of how they community will be involved if developments reach a certain financial threshold.

Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones and councilman Scott Benson have agreed to participate in the forum, either personally or through their representatives. Community supporters of the proposals, listed on the Nov. 8 ballot as Proposal A and Proposal B, are also expected to participate in the forum.

The summit will offer 12 workshops in a number of areas, including:

–Promoting diversity in entrepreneurship.

–Home buying through the Detroit Land Bank and banking programs.

–Fighting crime and curtailing blight.

–Using community collaborations to procure volunteers and sponsors for community projects.

—Finding jobs and overcoming barriers to employment.

—Finding funding and strategic planning support for neighborhood projects.

–Creating new neighborhood leaders, focusing on the millennial generation.

Workshops will be held the morning from 10:45 a.m. to noon., and in the afternoon from 1:45 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The summit will also feature community organization exhibitors with information and resources to help neighborhood residents.

Individuals can register for the summit at, or phone, 313-921-1955.

Funded by the Kresge Foundation, ARISE Detroit! is a coalition more than 400 community organizations promoting volunteerism, community activism and positive media images to create a better Detroit. For more information, phone 313-921-1955, or go to



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