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Vision, planning and hard work turned the declining Upper Peninsula mining town of Marquette into a thriving and inspirational community.

By successfully reimagining downtown neighborhoods, Detroit is attracting artists, entrepreneurs and out-of-town businesses.

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Through Main Street support and grassroots neighborhood initiatives, Lansing is creating exciting places where people want to live, work and play. 

The restoration of a historic Flint landmark played a critical role in rallying community support for developing the downtown area.

A working-class urban village enclosed within the city of Detroit, Hamtramck embraces immigrants, hipsters and artists.

Recognized for innovative use of its downtown, Grand Rapids invests heavily in creating places that attract and retain talent. 

Innovative retail, local foods, the arts and year-round lakefront activities contribute to Boyne City’s thriving downtown – and local economy.

Combining a small-town feel and cosmopolitanism, Ann Arbor enjoys a national reputation for successful placemaking.

One of Michigan’s most popular port cities, Alpena draws on its rich maritime past to create a thriving downtown with international appeal.

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Building a stronger Michigan together
What defines a community? It’s the common ground where people gather –from housing, streets and plazas to parks, green spaces and waterfronts. We believe that by revitalizing communities and rebuilding neighborhoods, we can strengthen the entire state. Together with our many partners, we invest in Michigan communities to enhance the quality of life of our residents – and to attract and retain businesses, entrepreneurs and workers throughout the state. Read more

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Urban cores are getting the lion's share of increase in the young and educated. Source: City Observatory. Talented young adults are continuing to choose urban cores, fueling economic growth and urban revitalization, according to a study.  City...