Placemaking Strategy Development Workshops

Placemaking Strategy Development Workshops MapEffective placemaking has the potential to transform a place from somewhere you cannot wait to leave into a place you cannot wait to be! Perhaps more importantly, Strategic Placemaking is a process to make a place very attractive to talented workers. These are the people that everyone wants to attract to their community, so it can be more globally competitive. In other words, quality places attract economic development, and placemaking is all about creating quality places.

The MIplace Partnership Initiative, in cooperation with the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, the Michigan Municipal League, the Land Policy Institute, and MSU Extension Land Use Educators, prepared a six-module Placemaking Training Curriculum. Hundreds of training programs have been offered throughout Michigan since then to more than 15,000 people.

From March-May 2015, the LPI and MSU Extension co-hosted more than 30 training workshops offered in communities across Michigan on Placemaking Strategy Development. Two types of workshops were offered.

  • Option 1 workshop (for six locations only: Detroit, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing and Traverse City (see map)): Overview – This workshop provided training from Modules 1–3 (instruction only) (Module 1: People Places and Placemaking; Module 2: Economics of Placemaking; and Module 3: Neighborhoods, Streets and Connections).

  • Option 2 workshop (for 25 of the locations listed on the map): Overview + Placemaking Strategy Development – This workshop was two parts. The first part provided training from Modules 1–3, the same as Option 1 above. During the second part, a facilitator used exercises to assist communities in developing a draft placemaking strategy. These workshops were most effective when most of the planning commission and some elected officials and staff attended together.