Such has been the League's "tag line" for the past several years. It came about as part of our overall effort to change the conversation about how prosperity occurs in the 21st century. Namely, that the research and facts prove out that investing in "place" is an integral part of any economic development strategy.
The effort is non-stop and proven by the most recent series of articles by League CEO and Executive Director Dan Gilmartin as well as Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero.
The effort is also non-stop in communities across our state. From Alpena to Allegan and Marquette to Monroe, local officials, non-profits, and the private sector are coming together to forge new policies and initiatives that are beginning to pay dividends.
And if you're looking for help in getting started, check out the League's "Center for 21st Century Communities" or the new "MIPlace Partnership Initiative." Both are undertaking projects across the state and gathering research and strategies that will continue to assist local and state policy makers and "doers" in their efforts.
Arnold Weinfeld is Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at 517-908-0304 or by e-mail