What is community and economic development?

Community and economic development are part of the Prima Civitas credo because we believe they are essential to the progress of our state.  Community development empowers individuals by giving them the skills and healthy environment(s) they need in order to create positive change in their lives. 

Similarly, economic development improves the quality of life for the people of Michigan by increasing the standard of living. Economic and community development go hand-in-hand at Prima Civitas because we believe that both will contribute to the success and sustainability of the state.

Are you a government agency?

Prima Civitas' formal name is Prima Civitas Foundation. We are not a government agency; we are a 501 (c) (3) designated nonprofit.  We work closely with many government organizations and officials to find non-partisan solutions for the state’s current challenges.

What does “Prima Civitas” mean?

Prima Civitas (pronounced PREE*ma  SIV*i*tas) is a Latin noun that means "First State" or "First Nation." This definition perfectly illustrates our goal of accelerating Michigan’s transition towards a knowledge economy– which often starts at the community level.