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The Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development has teamed up with the United Way of Washtenaw County to offer virtual financial guidance during COVID-19. 


The co-founder of Duo Security in Ann Arbor and his wife are committing $1 million in short-term, emergency relief grants to help small businesses in our county that are being affected by the coronavirus crisis.  

The 2020 Census is less than a month away, and there are still many things to consider.  Among them are properly completing a census form and how the final results will affect our community.  WEMU's David Fair explores this in detail with Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development director Teresa Gillotti and Engage @ EMU student coordinator Denise Jimenez in this month's installment of "Census 2020."

The final push is getting underway to make sure everyone in Washtenaw County is included in the upcoming population count.  It determines everything to Congressional district boundaries to the number of representatives Michigan sends to Congress to the amount of federal dollars that are dedicated to the county and its residents.  But there are barriers to full participation.  In this month’s "Census 2020," WEMU’s David Fair explores what’s being done to overcome the challenges with Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development communications and policy specialist Peter Lindeman and with Margaret Leary from the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area. 

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The 2020 Census will take place in just a few months.  In the meantime, residents of Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township may need to prepare for how the results may affect their respective communities.  Peter Lindeman, who is a communications and policy specialist for the Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development, discusses these potential challenges with WEMU's Lisa Barry and Concentrate Media's Sarah Rigg for this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi."

89.1 WEMU has teamed with the Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development to bring you a series of reports on the issues surrounding the upcoming census in 2020.  In ensuing months, we'll cover issues on how the population count will impact us in Washtenaw County and Michigan.  The series begins with an census overview with the director of the Washtenaw County OCED, Teresa Gillotti. 

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The Border-to-Border Trail in Ypsilanti was scheduled to re-open this past May after being closed for a periods of two years.  Now, it’s July, and the trail remains closed. 

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As part of our Black History Month coverage, we’re taking a closer look at a project in Ypsilanti, that once completed, will highlight African-American history in that area.

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The Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development will host its fourth annual legislative forum tonight at Eastern Michigan University.

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After years of discussion and action, affordable housing remains a pressing issue in our area.  Washtenaw County officials have been working on a long-term plan, and part of that includes creation of more affordable units in Pittsfield Township and the City of Ann Arbor.

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'Tis the season for time with family, friends, and loved ones.  It is a shared time of year in which the most fortunate among us feast together and then lay our full bellies and contented hearts to comfortably rest in the warmth of our homes.  There are too many among us that don't experience the holidays, or any days, in that way.

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The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners has conditionally appointed a county administrator. 


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After resigning from the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners to apply for a full time job with the county, Conan Smith has now withdrawn from consideration for that position as well.

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The field of finalists for Washtenaw County administrator has been narrowed down to four, and there are now two people in the running for another county position.

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If you ever wanted to serve on the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners, now may be your chance to get on the board quickly. 

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There is a hole to be filled on the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners.     

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The Washtenaw Coordinated Funders has awarded $4.5 million in human services funding to nonprofits in our county. 

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The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office, Michigan Works, and the Regional Chamber of Commerce have partnered to bring employment to young people in the area. 

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The Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development is currently offering mini grants of up to $10,000 to non-profit groups. 

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Report highlights stark contrast in the housing market, from east to west in the county.


If you have some time this week, Washtenaw County would like your input on what to do with the former juvenile center property at Platt Road and Huron Parkway.


Suggestions have ranged from affordable housing to public gardening space to business incubation, but the county Board of Commissioners wants the public to be part of the design process. 


Washtenaw County wants to get a better idea of how great the need is locally for affordable housing, and has launched an online needs assessment to help make that determination.

Paul Montagno is the Sustainable Communities Coordinator for Washtenaw County's Office of Community and Economic Development.

He says this survey will be very helpful in providing policy direction.

Area Small And Home-Based Businesses Surveyed

May 8, 2013

The Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development is funding a survey of small and home-based businesses in our area to find out what they need to be successful. 

WEMU's Bob Eccles spoke with Jessica Meissner about the survey.  Jessica is an economic anthropologist and an advocate for sustainable, community-based economies with The Shed, a business and employment collaborative.

Here's a link to the survey: