Tri-State Community Foundation Webinar Series | Lessons Learned Through Rural Economic Development

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 -
1:00pm to 2:30pm EDT
Members: $35.00
Non-Members: $50.00
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Economic development can be a challenge and in rural places there are unique factors that create both barriers and opportunities. Join this webinar to learn about the Rural Economic Development Cohort, a partnership program with the Council of Michigan Foundations and the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan. You will hear from the participating foundations about the work they did and what they learned along the way. Whether you serve rural or urban areas join us to learn how you might take a approach economic development in your community. 

Unable to attend the live webinar?  Register now and receive the recording and slides after the webinar has completed.


Tammy Carey, chief executive officer, Community Foundation for Oceana County

Tammy began her career in the NYC area as a Research Manager at ABC Television and Account Manager at AC Nielsen/BASES. Upon returning to Michigan, Carey engaged her entrepreneurial spirit to run several small businesses and a consulting company. Carey served as a board trustee for one year prior to accepting the Executive Director position in 2002. She feels especially proud of the board’s leadership in bringing the power of philanthropy to a rural area. The Foundation was established in 1989 as an affiliate of the Muskegon Community Foundation and on January 1, 2020 began operations as an independent foundation. The Foundation has experienced significant growth in assets in the past 5 years, finishing 2019 at $14 million in assets. Tammy earned her B.S. in Marketing in Marketing at Miami University of Ohio.

Julie Hales-Smith, consultant, Community Economic Development Association of Michigan

Julie Hales-Smith earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Michigan State University in Human Ecology with an emphasis in Program Evaluation and Labor Industrial Relations. Simultaneously, on an occasional basis, she worked as a professional clown and wedding soloist. For over 20 years, Julie worked for the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), first as the Homeless Coordinator for the Authority, and then manager of several neighborhood and downtown revitalization programs. Julie retired from MSHDA in 2010 and is now the principal of North Coast Community Consultants (NC3), a collaboration of veteran community development and affordable housing development experts. Her recent contracts include working as a grant writer for Wayne County Parks and Recreation; assisting the Council of Michigan Foundations with their Economic Development Cohort program; conducting a strategic planning effort for the Michigan Economic Impact Coalition; and serving as facilitator for the Michigan Rural Council’s Community Assessment Program.


CMF Members: $35
Nonmembers: $50


September 16, 2020 at 12 Noon EDT


Programming: Andrea Judd-Shurmur via email or call 313-960-4192
Registration: Denise Temple via email or call 616-850-2136

The Tri-State Community Foundation Webinar Series is a program made possible through CMF’s partnership with Philanthropy Ohio and Indiana Philanthropy Alliance. The webinars are designed for, but not exclusively for, community foundations.

This webinar is hosted by Council of Michigan Foundation


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