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February 9, 2022

Step up to be this year’s Strongest Town!

Is your community ready to represent Michigan in the Strongest Town competition?  Nominations are open now through February 20 in this international competition hosted by our friends at Strong Towns.  The competition highlights “towns and cities who are doing the…
January 11, 2022

The Biggest Little Fix: Code Reform for Better Places

Last year we released our second “Enabling Better Places” guide with our partners at the Congress for New Urbanism (CNU) and MEDC’s Redevelopment Ready Communities program (RRC). These two guides provide a strategy for communities of all sizes to examine…
December 7, 2020

It Gets Cold Here—May As Well Enjoy It.

“That might work in Minneapolis, but you know we have winter here, right?” someone once objected. I think we were talking about bike commuting, but we could have been discussing any number of quality of life or placemaking ideas. That…
November 2, 2020

Building Community Wealth Through Social Enterprises

The division of “business” and “social service” is an unnecessary one, says a category of organizations that choose to marry the functions. Whether they come to it from a business perspective that recognizes the importance of the community fabric, or…
September 15, 2020

Remote Work Post-Covid

“Do you remember back in March, when school announced it was closing for three weeks?” I asked my wife recently. Obviously, few of us had been pessimistic enough about the protracted impact of Covid-19 on our lives. Ubiquitous work-from-home has…
July 13, 2020

Doubling Down on the Local Economy

"Local Dollars, Local Sense" by Michael Shuman I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what role that I, and the financial choices I make for my household, play in the local economy. For years, I’ve participated in the Buy Local…
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