Today, from 1-2:30 p.m. EST, the Maryland Department of Planning is hosting a Smart Growth webinar on Placemaking is Economic Development. In this free webinar, experts will explain how Strategic Placemaking and broad stakeholder participation is improving the quality and amount of redevelopment in Michigan’s urban centers, and how these strategies can be implemented in other cities.
Presenters include the Land Policy Institute’s senior associate director Mark Wyckoff, also director of the Planning & Zoning Center at MSU; and James Tischler, policy director of the State of Michigan Collaborative Community Development operations at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and former director of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority’s Community Development Division.
There are four types of placemaking (Standard, Strategic, Tactical, and Creative) defined in the guidebook on Placemaking as an Economic Development Tool, published in January by the MSU Land Policy Institute and the MIplaceTM Partnership Initiative. Each type has unique assets that make them a special fit for various communities or projects, and when combined together creates the complete placemaking package.
Standard Placemaking is the universal term for what we know to be “placemaking,” and often refers to the type of placemaking that is advanced and promoted by the Project for Public Spaces. The other three varieties of specialized placemaking have evolved, over time, to achieve a particular purpose in a community. Tactical Placemaking, as advocated by the Tactical Urbanism team, is the process of creating quality places using a deliberate phased approach that can occur quickly and often at a low cost. Strategic Placemaking, as advocated by the MIplace™ Partnership Initiative, specifically targets knowledge workers in order to create a quality place that attracts talent, so that it can create substantial job and income growth by attracting businesses. Creative Placemaking, as advocated by the National Endowment for the Arts and others, is a specialized form of placemaking that utilizes arts and culture projects, and activities, to inject new life into public spaces, and improve the physical and social character of the community.
Register today for the 9th annual Zoning Administrator Certificate Training Program, Feb 15-16, 2017
Since 2009, the MSU Planning & Zoning Center (PZC), a part of the MSU Land Policy Institute, has offered the Zoning Administrator Certificate (ZAC) Training Program in locations all around the state. New and current zoning administrators make up the majority of participants attending the training. However, the program has attracted private consultants, local elected officials, county planners, and state agency staff who consult with local Zoning Administrators. It has even attracted some unexpected participants who may have taken on the responsibility of the zoning administration, due to lack of staff and funding at the municipal or county levels.
All zoning administrators (ZA) should attend this program at some point in their career. The sooner they take the classes after becoming an administrator, the better able they will be to do their job well. The ZAs who have attended the program have had varying levels of experience and all have benefitted from the program.
On Oct. 5 and 6, 2016, the MSU Extension Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities Program hosted their annual conference in Port Huron. Like-minded community leaders gathered to learn about exciting concepts and resources, share best practices and fresh ideas, and empower growth of Michigan’s local communities. Holly Madill, outreach specialist for LPI, was invited to present a breakout session titled “Placemaking as an Economic Development Tool.” Madill focused her presentation on how in the New Economy where talent is mobile, placemaking strategies are economic development strategies.