LPI’s Wyckoff and Madill shared placemaking expertise at the MTA annual conference in Jan. 2016

posted on February 4, 2016 1:22pm

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The Michigan Townships Association (MTA) hosted their annual conference Jan. 19-22, 2016, in Detroit. The 2016 Annual Educational Conference brought together about 1,000 officials for three days of educational and networking experiences. On Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, the MSU Land Policy Institute and MSU Extension partnered to deliver two separate extended sessions on placemaking. Both sessions introduced placemaking and quality places, and then explored the relationship between placemaking and economic development, and what makes quality places. Practical tips on how to apply placemaking in a community, and how to start the process were given along with helpful resources that are available.

The Land Policy Institute’s senior associate director Mark Wyckoff, and director of the Planning & Zoning Center at MSU; and Glenn Pape, extension educator for MSU Extension, presented Strategic Placemaking as an Economic Development Tool in Suburban Townships. The exercises that Wyckoff and Pape facilitated were used to help participants think about how to transform sometimes auto-centric suburbs into more walkable and people-oriented places.

Holly Madill, outreach specialist for LPI; and Dean Solomon, senior educator for MSU Extension, presented Placemaking Projects to Improve Quality of Life in Your Township. The exercises that Madill and Solomon facilitated helped participants think about the interdependence of urban and rural places, and sparked discussion about how to capitalize on unique assets to encourage placemaking projects and activities.