Clare County Enterprise Community, Inc. (Harrison, MI)


  • Name:pamela burke
  • Title:grantwriter

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Clare County Enterprise Community, Inc.
  • Address:PO Box 678
    Harrison, MI 48625
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:(989) 429-0572

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  • Mission:
  • Clare County Enterprise Community, an organization that transitioned from a grassroots group operating under the county since 1999 as a federally designated Empowerment Zone/Enterprise Community (EZ/EC), secured its private nonprofit 501C3 status in early 2009. Its 21 member Board of Directors has committed to continue to identify and develop local solutions to the problems facing Clare County – poverty, unemployment, lack of infrastructure and more. Its mission is to provide an “improved quality of life through economic development, self sufficiency, and family preservation”

  • History:
  • The Empowerment Zone/Enterprise Community (EZ/EC) concept was adopted in 1993 as federal legislation as an innovation for promoting ‘self help’ or ‘do-it-yourself’ community development in some of the nation’s neediest areas. The EZ/EC initiative recognized that neighborhood communities, working together, could best identify and develop local solutions to the problems they faced. ‘Empowerment’ was defined as an approach that encourages all residents, including those with the least power or resources, to take an active role in shaping their community’s future. People from all walks of life were invited to express their hopes and dreams, participate in making decisions and help in implementing projects. It replaced the “do for” approach of government with a “do with” model.

    Clare County’s Enterprise Community plan for revitalization included 52 benchmarks or goals under three broad categories:
    • Improved quality of life - focusing on the physical atmosphere; environment; land use and recreational planning; natural resource conservation; recycling; cultural sensitivity; cultural events; public and private transportation; volunteerism; youth and senior activities;
    • Improved economic development – targeting unemployment; economic diversity; job training; business and industry attraction/retention, small farm sustainability; small business assistance;
    • Improved self-sufficiency, family preservation, strengthened families and human services – concentrating on domestic violence; homelessness; emergency services; family preservation; health care access and quality; housing conditions and vocational education.

    First established as a grassroots endeavor whose lead entity was the county government, in 2008 it incorporated and in 2009 the CCEC sought and received federal tax exempt status as a 501c3 nonprofit organization.
    Over the last ten years, Clare County Enterprise Community has had many successes in improving the environment for business and job creation - from helping to establish a County wide Brownfield Development Authority, developing and enhancing industrial parks, a new entrepreneur counseling program, promote blight ordinances, establish a multi-county economic development agency, Renaissance Zone designation, a county wide land use plan, a new Countywide Parks and Recreation Commission, leveraging over $1 million to remove and recycle scrap tire mountains, and helped to launch the county’s first recycling program. In addition, the organization established a Character Counts! initiative for children and the current workforce, an Arts Council that sponsors activities that celebrate the local culture and draw tourists, a Farmers Market of area growers, and the county’s first Volunteer Center. The CCEC also co-sponsored several county wide Group WorkCamp events that upgraded and painted over 150 homes of older and/or low income homeowners. Hundreds of citizens were subsidized to attend community development conferences across the state, educational series such as Leadership Institute and Citizens Planner, Poverty Institutes and more. Hundreds of residents each year benefited from the one-on-one counseling and education offered regarding financial management and homeowner education in an effort to help Clare County homeowners keep or buy their own homes.
    With the federal designation ending December 31st, 2009 along with the last of the federal funds, the three part-time staff who were contracted via Michigan State University Extension are ending their services March 31st, 2010. The organization plans to continue with a Clerk contracted via Michigan State University Extension to handle the day to day recordkeeping and financial tasks.

  • Year established:1999
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:21
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:1

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • President/Capacity Building Chair - Rod Williams
    Vice-President/Capacity Building/Family Stabilization Committees - Gail White
    Secretary/Quality of Life Committee - Deb Briggs
    Treasurer/ Quality of Life Chair - Sharon Bidigare
    Economic Development Chair - Jerry Bridges
    Quality of Life Committee - Marilyn Worrell
    Quality of Life Committee - Jane Taylor
    Quality of Life Committee - Connie Higgins
    Economic Development Committee - Ken Holden, Sr.
    Economic Development Committee - Karen Kleinhardt
    Economic Development Committee - Sheryl Presler
    Economic Development Committee - Don Sladick
    Family Stabilization Committee - Hannelore Dysinger
    Family Stabilization Committee - Tara Hovey
    Trustee - Rick Foote
    Trustee - Sheila Bissonnette
    Trustee - Mona Keeley
    Capacity Building Committee - Julie Murphy
    Economic Development Committee -Jeff Zinn
    Trustee - Terrie Blaga
    Trustee - Karen Zaborowski

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Rod Williams

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Marybeth Denton, Clerk


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:26-2973762

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