Category Archives: Messaging & Technology

April 14, 2017

Matchmaking to make great places happen

Earlier this week, the city of Ypsilanti released an RFQ seeking developers for one of the sites they identified as a priority through the Redevelopment Ready Communities process. The League created the RFQ document with the support of Beckett &…
October 3, 2016

Online Engagement Tools and Strategies

At this year's Convention, we invited Scott TenBrink from the University of Michigan's School of Information's Citizen Interaction Design program to speak about engagement, and specifically online or app-based engagement tools. The CID team has spent the past few years…
April 16, 2016

Tremendous Economic Development Potential in Pontiac

Bob Gibbs discusses the economic development potential in Pontiac during the CNU Legacy Project Charrette Friday, April 15. The economic development potential for the city of Pontiac is tremendous. Just how great? How about a demand of up to 211,700…
February 9, 2016

Snapchat: A Placemaking Tool

Though many municipalities have bravely ventured into social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter to communicate with residents, for the grand majority of local governments Snapchat remains uncharted territory. It's understandable that local officials have hit roadblocks with social media;…
January 8, 2015

Explore Open Data

About 80% of citizens are concerned with the accountability and openness of government. To help address this issue, open data has been quietly growing popularity for the past few years (also see open data mentioned in the League's Year in…
November 25, 2014

West Michigan Attracts Talent during Holiday Season

A community's aesthetics and outdoor amenities have a large impact on talent attraction and retention. Michigan has higher learning institutions that attract students from around the world. College towns' population surges during the school year, but communities struggle to keep…
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