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Traverse Bay PRI


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"Bringing the power of our collective knowledge and energy together to prevent and reduce poverty by Inspiring, Advocating, and Connecting through convening and incubation."


Inspiring  •  Advocating  •  Connecting  

The Traverse Bay Poverty Reduction Initiative (PRI) is a community-driven, collaborative effort to reduce poverty in the Traverse Bay region. The program was born out of the Poverty Summit, held in February 2004, in which 225 area residents joined together to address the issue of poverty in our area. Poverty Reduction Initiative consists of representatives from local businesses, public and government agencies, and concerned citizens. Working subcommittees focus on five strategic directions: Navigators, Mentoring, Education, Advocacy, and Communications.


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Notable PRI Activities:

Three local businesses earned recognition by the Traverse Bay Poverty Reduction Initiative as a supportive workplace.
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Steering Committee
Inspiring, advocating, connecting.

The PRI Steering Team meets on the third Tuesday of the month at the Traverse City Michigan Works! Center, 1209 S. Garfield Avenue. The meeting is open to all interested individuals, businesses, and organizations.

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  Grand Traverse Laundry Project
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  The Neighborhood Meeting
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Navigating and Mentoring
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  Saturday Specials
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  Poverty Simulations  
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Networks Northwest always proves to be a valued resource for our local government planning efforts. No organization does a better job of convening partners, promoting collaboration, and reporting on the data than does Networks Northwest

Ty Wessell, Leelanau County Commissioner