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Ann Arbor Community High School’s entire student body rolled up their sleeves for a morning of community service at ten parks in town. 450 students took part in the Nature Area Preservation’s day of place-based environmental stewardship.
Boyne City and Old Town, Lansing, Michigan are two of ten semi-finalists eligible for “Great American Main Street Awards (GAMSA),” which are awarded by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The top five winners will be announced at the National Main Streets Conference in Des Moines, Iowa on May 23, 2011.
“Detroit’s profile grows as investors, young professionals return to the city,” according the Detroit Free Press. The article says there is good news for Midtown, New Center, and Woodbridge.
Forbes named Marquette, Michigan the 3rd “Best Small City to Raise a Family,” and Midland, Michigan took 4th place in the nation.
Greenfield Partners, a private equity investment company, will throw big bucks at University of Michigan students’ startup businesses, according to an annarbor.com article, “The investment company moved to Ann Arbor to provide funding for University of Michigan student entrepreneurs.”
Mid-Sized Cities in Massachusetts are “Reclaiming the Center,” according to the Boston Globe. Cities want their downtowns back and are looking to nationwide trends in development and urban design for answers.
A Project for Public Spaces article, entitled “The re-Emergence of the Public Square,” explores how public squares and parks are central attractions that bring economic rewards and social rewards to a community. The article names Detroit’s Campus Martius as one such place.
Center for Innovation Research (iLabs) at the University of Michigan – Dearborn has identified seven communities in Michigan as the top-performing communities at fostering entrepreneurial growth and economic development, according to their study.
Village of Paw Paw, Michigan won the National Rural Water Association’s award for “Exemplary Efforts in Environmental Protection,” in 2010, which recognized the village’s water conservation and protection efforts. Read more.
Southwest Solutions recently redeveloped the Whitdel Buidling in southwest Detroit. What makes the Whitdel stand out is its connection to the arts and community. Read more about “Solutions for Southwest Detroit”.
Gardens for Growth programs Will a community garden work for you? An exciting new program sponsored by the Michigan Land Bank will allow vacant lots across the state to be used as community gardens. This program will allow local residents to lease and then purchase these empty lots.
Growing Hope is an Ypsilanti-based non-profit organized to supply the community with the tools they need to grow their own food, especially in urban areas. Growing Hope’s Four Square Society has undertaken a community-based research program to supply 4 x 4 foot growing beds to low and no-income families in Ypsilanti.
Michigan State University’s Organic Farm “Michigan is well-positioned for leading the change to small organic farm production,” says Corie Pierce, instructor and farm manager at the MSU Student Organic Farm. He believes the Capital region could become the center of sustainable local food production efforts.
Reach Studio Art Center, located in REO town near the heart of Lansing, focuses on offering art activities to residents of surrounding mixed income neighborhoods and the greater Lansing area. Read more about how the center is contributing to a growing effort to “Reach for Community”.
“The Art of the Public” Lansing, Michigan supports public art In the concrete jungle of larger cities, where uniformity reigns, public art provides visual interest and pleasure as well as a much-needed dose of liveliness to uninspiring areas.”
Impact Silver Spring, Maryland In normal times, many new immigrants struggle for a foothold; in a recession, high numbers are jobless, face eviction and other hardships. But in Montgomery County, a coalition has come together to break the typical shell of fear and alienation. Read more about “Outreach to Immigrants: A Suburb’s Exciting New Way.”
Seattle takes an International Study Mission to Abu Dhabi and Dubai, United Arab Emirates The Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle and the Greater Seattle Chamber–have been mounting yearly International Study Missions of civic and business leaders for years. Read Trade Development Alliance President William Stafford’s account of the effort.
TechTown, Wayne State University Research and Technology Park TechTown stimulates job growth and small-business creation by developing companies in emerging high-technology industries including advanced engineering, life sciences and alternative energy. Read about why GiftZip.com moved from East Lansing to Detroit.