The MSU University Outreach and Engagement (UOE) recently held their Awards Ceremony on Feb. 21, 2017. In 2016, MSU introduced the MSU Distinguished Partnership Awards, a series of four new university-wide recognitions for highly engaged and scholarly community-based work that positively impacts both the community and scholarship.
...This year, the Engaged Teaching Award was presented to a team, including MSU professor Mark Wyckoff from the Land Policy Institute, the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) and the Michigan Municipal League (MML), for their work on the MIplaceTM Partnership Initiative.
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and its partners are hosting the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Green Infrastructure Conference May 31-Jun. 2, 2017, at the Cobo Center in Detroit. Registration is now live. This is the first conference to focus on using green infrastructure across the landscape with a primary goal of protecting the surface waters in the Great Lakes region. The time is right for a comprehensive look at this important topic. With eight concurrent tracks addressing such topics as green infrastructure technology, economics, local government/public works, and multijurisdictional/regional scale, this conference has something for everyone.
Michigan State University’s Land Policy Institute (LPI) transitioned to new leadership this month. Scott Witter, PhD, the interim director since 2011, and the former director of the School of Planning, Design and Construction, is retiring. Dean Ronald Hendrick from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources named Mark Wyckoff, the senior associate director of LPI since 2006, and director of the Planning & Zoning Center, as interim director of LPI for the balance of 2017. During that time a process for finding and securing a permanent LPI director will be initiated.
The Illinois Housing Council and Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) are co-hosting the 2017 Illinois Governor’s Conference on Affordable Housing Mar. 13-14, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago, IL. This one-and-a-half day’s event will offer networking opportunities, engaging sessions and the latest outlook from experts in affordable housing.
On Tuesday, March 14, 2017, from 9-10:30 a.m., the Land Policy Institute’s senior associate director Mark Wyckoff, will participate in the panel session on Current Trends for Housing and How to Plan for Them. Every community leader wishes they had a crystal ball to plan so their community can remain attractive for years to come to new generations of residents. During this session, panelists will discuss the findings of their research on current trends in homeownership and rental housing, and how community leaders can plan for housing development and redevelopment in urban and suburban areas that fits the needs of each generation.