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Walkable Urbanism on the Rise

November 26, 2014
CustomMade

Turning a metro space into a more walkable urban space, though costly, can reap benefits from economic growth to an increase in development. Walkable urban spaces have a higher amount of wealth and a larger number of college graduates than less walkable areas. From an increase in money spent per week to decreased crime rates—the benefits of walkability are beneficial to all. Learn about walkable urbanism and how it helps drive the economy.

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The ULI Hines Competition

November 20, 2014
Urban Land Institute

ULI Hines CompetitionThe ULI Hines Competition is an urban design and development challenge for graduate students.

The competition challenges multidisciplinary student teams to devise a comprehensive development program for a real, large-scale site. Teams of five students representing at least three disciplines have two weeks to develop solutions that include drawings, site plans, tables, and market-feasible financial data.

This is an ideas competition; there is no expectation that any of the submitted schemes will be applied to the site. The winning team will receive $50,000 and the finalist teams $10,000 each.

Register your team

E-mail udcompetition@uli.org with any questions.

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Michigan Coastal Zone Management Program Funding opportunity for Michigan Area of Concern Land Acquisition Projects

November 14, 2014
Great Lakes News for DEQ

The Michigan Coastal Zone Management Program (MCZMP) within the Office of the Great Lakes, Department of Environmental Quality, is pleased to announce the release of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Michigan Areas of Concern Land Acquisition Grants with a deadline of January 9, 2015. 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) anticipates approximately $800,000 will be provided for this Great Lakes Area of Concern funding competition through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative as anticipated in the President’s FY 2015 Budget. Typical awards are expected to range between $100,000 and $800,000. Projects selected for funding can anticipate a grant start date of October 1, 2015.

The Coastal Zone Management Program (CZMP), which provides grant funds to assist in the development of vibrant and resilient coastal communities through the protection and restoration of our sensitive coastal resources and biologically diverse ecosystems, may recommend projects to NOAA for the competition.

NOAA seeks to support projects that will result in the protection of Great Lakes coastal habitat, as well as support future habitat restoration efforts. The program priorities for this opportunity support NOAA’s “Ecosystems” mission goal of “Protect, Restore, and Manage Use of Coastal and Ocean Resources through Ecosystem Based Management.”

The RFP Application Package is available online at http://www.michigan.gov/documents/deq/Final_AOC_2015_RFP_473539_7.pdf?20141110092503.

Further information regarding the Michigan Areas of Concern Program can be found here.

Applications must be received by the CZMP by January 9, 2015. Selected projects will be recommended to NOAA by February 20, 2015.

For additional information, please contact Alisa Gonzales-Pennington at gonzalesa@michigan.gov or at 517-284-5038.

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Michigan Coastal Zone Management Program Funding opportunity for Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program

November 14, 2014
Great Lakes Notes for DEQ

The Michigan Coastal Zone Management Program (MCZMP) within the Office of the Great Lakes, Department of Environmental Quality, is pleased to announce the release of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program (CELCP). The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) anticipates approximately $800,000 will be available through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative administered by the Environmental Protection Agency. The MCZMP may select up to two projects to recommend to NOAA for the national competition. Typical awards are expected to range between $100,000 and $800,000. Projects selected for funding can anticipate a grant start date between July 1 and October 1, 2015.

The CELCP was authorized “for the purpose of protecting important coastal and estuarine areas that have significant conservation, recreation, ecological, historical, or aesthetic values, or that are threatened by conversion from their natural, undeveloped, or recreational state to other uses.”

Attached is the RFP Application Package which is also available on the MCZMP Web site at http://www.michigan.gov/documents/deq/FINAL_CELCP_2015_RFP__11-3-14_473541_7.pdf?20141110092503.

Further information regarding the goals and administrative procedures for CELCP can be found at: http://coastalmanagement.noaa.gov/land/welcome.html.

Applications must be delivered to the MCZMP by January 9, 2015. Selected projects will be recommended to NOAA by February 20, 2015.

For additional information please contact Alisa Gonzales-Pennington at 517-284-5038, or at gonzalesa@michigan.gov.

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The Economics of Place: Michigan as a Beacon in the Placemaking Movement

November 13, 2014
Project for Public Spaces

The Michigan Municipal League’s new book, The Economics of Place: The Art of Building Great Communities, goes beyond placemaking as a concept, to offer real-world examples of economic drivers and agents of social and cultural change in Michigan’s own backyard. The following is Fred Kent’s afterword in this excellent book, now available here

Michigan has truly been a beacon in the placemaking movement.

Ever since the governor’s declaration to put placemaking at the forefront of Michigan’s economic policy, place-led development has cropped up in what some would consider the least likely of places in this midwestern state. From downtown Detroit’s Renaissance to the recent grand reopening of the Flint Farmers Market attracting over 17,000 people from all over the region—Michigan is taking placemaking to heart in an inspiring way.

In many ways, Michigan’s history is not unlike much of the United States. Dotted with small towns previously dominated by industry, Michigan struggled like so many states in its shift away from the manufacturing economy. Developers only further degraded downtowns, moving commerce to big box stores on the outskirts and driving people away from the heart of the community. Eventually, people began to take notice and organizations were formed to tackle this seemingly insurmountable problem: how do we bring people back to the center?

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