2014 PlacePlans Reflect the Needs of the Local Communities
The goal of PlacePlans is to design transformative placemaking projects that focus economic development efforts around walkable downtown districts. All year, the League and its partners - Michigan State University and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority - have been collaborating with community leaders and residents in eight cities across the state to do just that. The result is creative designs for everything from activating downtown public plazas and alleyways, to enhancing farmers markets, to improving streetscapes and transportation options. More.
Economics of Place: Michigan as a Beacon in Placemaking Movement
The founder of Project for Public Spaces, provided the afterword to the League's new book, "The Economics of Place: The Art of Building Great Communities," and shared his thoughts in a recent blog. "... Michigan communities are leading the way in demonstrating the potential impact of placemaking projects and in evolving placemaking as a broad leadership, governance and development focus." More.
Revenue Sharing Recipients: Certifications Due Soon
Please remember that accountability and transparency certifications are due to the Department of Treasury by Dec. 1. This is the only requirement remaining from the old EVIP program. Eligible local units must have produced a citizen's guide, performance dashboard, debt service report, and projected budget report. Read more.
Novi Assistant City Manager Profiled by Emerging Local Leaders
Victor Cardenas was featured in a series by Emerging Local Government Leaders that looks at local government through the eyes of assistant city and county managers. Cardenas has an impressive background leading up to his current role as Novi Assistant City Manager. Read more.
Michigan Senate Votes for New Funding for Transportation!
The Senate passed HB 5477, which would phase in a new gas tax that will result in an additional $1.2 billion for transportation funding by 2019. This plan would invest in roads, bridges, public transit,and more. Please contact your House member and ask them to vote yes on HB 5477. More
Allegan Turns PlacePlan Design Concepts into Reality
Redeveloping Allegan's riverfront was the focus of the 2013 PlacePlan developed for the city by the League and our partners. The plan called for improving Veteran's Park, which has been completed, the Second Street Bridge has been revitalized, and other projects are underway. More.
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