Wyckoff to share expertise today during Smart Growth webinar on Placemaking is Economic Development

posted on October 5, 2016 1:40pm

  • Pin It
  • Share on Tumblr
This image shows ex. of placemaking in different communities, courtesy of Maryland Department of Planning's Smart Growth Project (view larger image) This image shows ex. of placemaking in different communities, courtesy of Maryland Department of Planning's Smart Growth Project

After years of economic decline, Michigan’s cities needed rebuilding, but officials knew they had to take a new approach if they wanted their communities to be economically sustainable. Recognizing the potential of placemaking to attract and retain talented workers and businesses, Michigan is using Strategic Placemaking (combining the tools of smart growth and new urbanism) to target places and accelerate revitalization.

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.

Registration for this free event is available online. Learn more at: Placemaking is Economic Development Webinar.