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The League's New Book Highights Placemaking Success Stories

The League's new book, "The Economics of Place: The Art of Building Great Communities," goes beyond placemaking as a concept to offer real-world examples of economic drivers and agents of social and cultural change in Michigan's own backyard. They represent some of the many place-based catalysts that can spark the kind of transformational changes that reinvent and revitalize a community, with tangible payoffs in terms of livability, social and cultural enrichment, and economic development. More details on the book, including ordering information, are available here.

State Policy Helps Undermine Local Governments

The state's decision to end the large film credits that Allen Park relied on in its decision to build a local film studio may have contributed to the city's emergency management situation. But the state's role in shaking the financial confidence of local governments through inconsistent policymaking is unaltered. Municipalities continue to face bleak financial choices. Read more.

Convention Keynote Speaker Brings Creative Zeal to Placemaking

Creativity flows through the veins of Jamie Bennett, executive director of ArtPlace America, who will serve as a keynote speaker at this year's League Convention. His organization seeks to advance creative placemaking through grants for community arts and culture projects. Get the details and register now.

NLC Applications Now Open for Committee & Leadership Positions

If you are a member city of NLC and interested in getting more involved in the organization, now is the time to submit an application for a committee or leadership position. Applications are due Oct. 3 for Chairs and Vice Chairs, and Nov. 24 for committee membership. Read more

Contact your State Legislators on Proposed Changes to TIF/DDA

On Sept. 24, the League and many members testified at the House Commerce committee on HB 5856 dealing with DDA transparency and spending. The bill does not contain opt-outs or resetting of baselines, both of which are problematic. Please contact your legislators. Read more

Detroit's North Rosedale Park Revs up Community Pride with Crowdfunding

The Community House in Detroit's North Rosedale Park has hosted everything from pancake breakfasts to Girl Scout meetings. To reinvigorate the building, the North Rosedale Park Civic Association has launched a campaign through MEDC's crowdfunding initiative. Read more.

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