A report detailing analysis of state and regional services that currently, or could potentially, support Networks Northwest’s Framework for Our Future Regional Prosperity Initiative is now available from the MSU Land Policy Institute (LPI). The Northwest Michigan Regional Services Recommendations report includes an assessment of overlaps, gaps and inefficiencies in the funding or implementation of targeted programs available to the northwestern counties of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. This report was prepared by LPI for Networks Northwest.
According to the report, “aligning government services at the local, regional, state and even federal level is necessary to achieve cost savings, to avoid duplication of services, to prevent working at cross purposes, and to realize goals in a timely fashion, foremost of which is the enhanced prosperity of the Northwest Michigan region.”
The study analysis included a number of programs within five major categories: Workforce Development, Business and Economic Development, Community Development, Transportation, and Housing. These categories align with several chapters from the Framework Plan.
Setting goals within a community for an upcoming year can pose some challenges when deciding how to create a quality place. The guidebook Placemaking as an Economic Development Tool, by the MSU Land Policy Institute, identifies six characteristic hallmarks of placemaking, which contribute to creating the elements of a quality place. Any community can work to achieve these elements, and use placemaking as a tool to plan to enhance or create more quality places.
The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) is hosting their 24th annual conference June 8-11, 2016, in Detroit. With a focus on The Transforming City, this event will bring together more than 1,500 individuals from North America and around the world for four days of education, collaboration, discussion and debate on the policies, designs and emerging approaches that create great places.
The MSU Land Policy Institute claims 2016 as the Year of Placemaking! Each month, LPI will publish an article focused on an aspect of placemaking that is pulled from the newly released guidebook titled Placemaking as an Economic Development Tool, which is a must-have resource for communities of any size.
The nearly 600-page comprehensive guidebook is divided into four parts, with two to four chapters in each. Part One provides an overview of placemaking, explains the demographic and market preference shifts that are driving the need for placemaking, as well as its economic benefits. Part Two covers the form and structure of neighborhoods, and why that’s critical for effective placemaking.