FLINT, MI — Glenn Wilson, President/CEO of Communities First, Inc. was recently elected to the role of board chair for the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM). Prior to becoming board chair, he served as a board member and secretary for the statewide organization.  Glenn’s experience in real estate development, entrepreneurship, leadership, non profit management and marketing will be of benefit in his new position.
“The world of community economic development is changing rapidly.  It is now a field that includes placemaking, agriculture, financial empowerment, real estate and so much more.  There are great opportunities to improve Michigan communities through the diversity of available tools.  I am honored to serve as CEDAM’s board chair and I am excited to assist this amazing organization in this new capacity”, said Wilson of his election.
“Glenn is a rising star in the community economic development world,” said Jamie Schriner, Executive Director of CEDAM. “Every time I turn around, he’s working on a new project or program to help make Flint a more wonderful place for all of its residents.I don’t know when he sleeps! I couldn’t be more pleased to have him as CEDAM’s board chair.”
CEDAM is a nonprofit membership organization based in Lansing that represents hundreds of individuals and organizations committed to revitalizing and rebuilding Michigan through community economic development. Since 1996, CEDAM has provided policy and advocacy, technical assistance and training on issues that help create strong, vibrant communities including those related to affordable housing, financial empowerment, foreclosure mitigation, downtown and neighborhood revitalization and more. For more information about CEDAM, visitcedam.info.
About Communities First, Inc.
Communities First, Inc. is a Flint based nonprofit Community Development Corporation which was founded in 2010. The priorities of CFI are affordable housing, economic development, green programs, and quality of life programs. CFI is committed to building sustainable, equitable communities in distressed areas.  The organization is the developer of Oak Street Senior Apartments and Swayze Court Apartments located in downtown Flint and has amongst its programs Culture Shock and Green Life.  More information about Communities First, Inc. can be found at communitiesfirstinc.org.