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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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Our Township greatly benefits from Network Northwest's experience, depth of knowledge and understanding. Because they work with so many diverse communities in our ten-county region they understand the local land-use issues and are already working on solutions by the time we realize we need some help.

Susan Odom, Chair, Suttons Bay Township Planning Commission