About MIplace

Building a Better Michigan Through Placemaking

Who We Are

We are a statewide initiative with the purpose of keeping Michigan at the forefront of a national movement known as placemaking. It’s a simple concept that people choose to live in places that offer the amenities, resources, social and professional networks, and opportunities to support thriving lifestyles.

We have embraced this idea and understand that vibrant, successful regions promote economic activity and will help build a better Michigan. Our job is to help communities re-examine the importance of everyday settings and experiences that shape our lives – the downtowns, parks, plazas, main streets, neighborhoods and markets that influence where we live and how we interact. Placemaking enhances our ability to transform towns, cities and regions.

About MIplace.org

This is the gathering place to showcase our placemaking work. We aim to significantly improve the quality of key places in Michigan communities, as well as elevate placemaking as Michigan’s new way of thinking about, and reshaping, existing development programs. This is a site for everyone not just to visit but to interact – see what progress is being made, share ideas and successes, and get energized to help us build the strongest Michigan possible.

Sense of Place Council

The Sense of Place (SOP) Council was created in response to the economic challenge facing Michigan.  In a period of transition from an older industrial, manufacturing-based economy to a more diversified economy which embraces entrepreneurship and innovation.  The objective of the SOP Council is to improve the quality of life of Michigan’s citizens by promoting the creation of vibrant cities, towns, and villages, and in so doing, make Michigan’s communities competitive in the new global economy.  

Executive Office of the Governor Michigan Fitness Foundation
State Agencies Michigan Future, Inc.
ArtServe Michigan Michigan Historic Preservation Network (MHPN)
American Institute of Architects Michigan (AIAMI) Michigan Humanities Council
Collaborative Development Corporation (CDC) Michigan Land Bank Association (MLBA)
Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM) Michigan Municipal League (MML)
Great Lakes Capital Fund (GLCF) Michigan Recreation & Parks Association (MRPA)
Habitat for Humanity Michigan State University-Center for Community and Economic Development (MSU CCED)
Issue Media Group (IMG) Michigan State University-Land Policy Institute (MSU LPI)
LOCUS Smart Growth America Michigan Suburbs Alliance (MSA)
Michigan Association of Planning (MAP) Michigan Townships Association (MTA)
Michigan Association of Realtors (MAR) Presidents Council (State Universities of MI)
Michigan Economic Developers Association (MEDA) Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM)

Interdepartmental Collaboration Committee Placemaking Partnership Subcommittee

Executive Office of the Governor Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR)
Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Authority (MLBFTA)
Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD)
Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ)