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October 25, 2011
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U.P. Escapes Property Value Fall
Bridge Magazine
October 18, 2011

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Deer Have Michigan On the Run

Grand Rapids Press: Why Strong Cities Will Make a Strong Michigan

Sept/Oct 2011 MMR Issue

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Wood Energy Preliminary Assessment Grants

Michigan Humanities Council Grants/Events

MI Housing Community Development Funds

Federal Brownfield Funding

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Save Brownfield Funding: Tell Legislature Not to Take Money Away From Redevelopment 

There is a movement in the State House to reduce the ability of communities to receive state dollars for brownfield projects by not allowing obsolete or blighted properties to qualify for new state dollars. The vote will be taken on these bills in committee on Wednesday! Your State Representative needs to hear from you NOW to oppose the amendments to SB 567. The Legislature is debating legislation that would create the Community Revitalization Program. As passed by the Senate, this program will give out the $100 million to communities for revitalization. An amendment has been proposed to scale this program back to only contaminated properties, and not allow it to be used to redevelop blighted and obsolete buildings. MORE>

State Affairs Update

Governor Snyder’s Transportation Message is Tomorrow – On Wednesday October 26th, Governor Snyder will deliver his special message on infrastructure and transportation at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield. The governor’s message is expected to address Michigan’s roads, road funding, bridges, and public transit. This will be the governor's fourth special message of the year. MORE>

Zoning Pre-Emption for Gardening Bill Discussed in House Committee

Michigan Property Values Subject of New Report

Consolidation Report Issued By Citizens Research Council

Michigan Shared Services Community Goes Live

EVIP Grants Available for Cooperative Efforts

Federal Update

Infrastructure Push Brings Political Foes Together – With the Senate unable to gather enough votes to break a filibuster on that part of President Obama's $447 billion proposal to retain and hire teachers, police and firefighters, it looks like the Senate will now try to pass the transportation and infrastructure part of the package. Certainly, it seems that funding for transportation and infrastructure might have the best chance of receiving some attention from Republican leaders in Congress given prior bi-partisan initiatives in this area. Even political foes such as the AFL-CIO and U.S. Chamber of Commerce have called for partisan politics to be cast aside in support of these very important investments. MORE>

Health Care Coverage Webinar Offered

Foreclosures and Neighborhood Stabilization

Michigan Receives $46 Million For Public Transportation

Congressmen Camp and Upton Need to Hear From You

21st Century Communities

Build Communities Through Art: Grants Available – Grants are now available for art-centered community projects. These are grants to drive community revitalization with a new investment model that puts the arts at the center of economic development. These grants target organizations doing groundbreaking work in creative placemaking in communities. The funding comes from the National Endowment for the Art fund and is for nonprofit and public agencies. There is $11.5 million available. MORE>

The Bright Side – Stories of Inspiring Work in Michigan

FREE Technical Assistance From Smart Growth America

UM/ULI Real Estate Forum Nov 9-10, Detroit

Complete Streets Communities Eligible for Discounted Bicycle Parking Products

Economics of Place Book Released, Available from League at Amazon



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