The Fiscal Implications of Development Patterns

April 23, 2015

New analysis and webinar: The Fiscal Implications of Development Patterns

To what degree does the choice of development pattern impact costs for a local government? How do these decisions affect municipal budgets and revenues, or the cost of infrastructure and services that the municipality must provide? The Fiscal Implications of Development Patterns, a new analytical model from Smart Growth America and real estate advisors RCLCO, is designed to help municipal leaders answer these questions. As a part of the kickoff, Smart Growth America presented the new resource at an event in Madison, WI and a recorded version of the presentation is now available.

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Place - Business - Talent Connection Presentations

April 22, 2015

Place - Business - Talent logo

The Michigan Sense of Place Council's (SOP) Entrepreneurship Workshop wants to spread the news regarding Place - Business - Talent connection and put forward a presentation at your next event. The understanding of the intimate connections among entrepreneurs, communities, and talented individuals around the state can be summarized quite easily, as shown in the diagram below.

The following letter template from Robert Fowler, president and CEO of the Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM) and member of the Sense of Place (SOP) Council and chair of the Council’s Entrepreneurship Workgroup shares the Council’s insights and proposes a presentation that can be made to your business group. Letter Template


Land Policy Institute releases Placemaking Assessment Tool

April 15, 2015
Michigan State University - Land Policy Institute

The MSU Land Policy Institute has released a Placemaking Assessment Tool (PAT) that will continue to help communities develop quality places that are attractive and functional in Michigan. This tool is a deliverable from LPI in partnership with the Michigan State Housing Development Authority. The purpose of placemaking is to create quality places where people want to live, work, play, learn and visit. Effective placemaking creates or restores a higher quality living environment in key parts of a community through urban development or redevelopment and provides a wider range of living, transportation, entertainment, recreation and related options to existing and new residents in (and visitors to) communities.

The tool was created for use by planners, local governments, elected officials, neighborhood associations, civic organizations, consultants, etc.

Placemaking involves government, the business community, stakeholders and citizens. The interplay of all these participants along with the PAT will help guide communities to create quality places across Michigan. 

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Welcome to Neighborhood Exchange

April 06, 2015
Michigan Community Resources

Michigan Community Resources is pleased to announce that we have launched a beta version of Neighborhood Exchange, a new online platform for sharing ideas and resources around strengthening neighborhoods in Detroit. The website will be an outlet to share best practices and community success stories. It will also be a collaborative tool, encouraging peer-to-peer learning by inviting readers to share their own resources, stories, events and more.  As a statewide organization, we hope to eventually expand this network to incorporate lessons learned in other communities such as Flint, Benton Harbor, Lansing and other areas facing issues similar to Detroit.  Neighborhood Exchange is made possible through support from Kresge Foundation, the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), and Knight Foundation. 


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CDBG Certified Grant Administrator Training

March 31, 2015
MEDC Community Development News

After the success of CDBG Certified Grant Administrator Training last year, the MEDC is planning another round of training in June 2015. To register, please click here.

The training will provide an overview of federal and state statutory and regulatory requirements that are required for successful implementation and completion of CDBG projects. A guidebook and reference materials will be supplied. The training will consist of class exercises in each module where applicable. An examination will be conducted at the end of the workshop. Passing the examination is required for certificiation.

Once certified, consultant names will be provided to all applicants seeking CDBG funding from the MEDC. Those communities will be eligible for administrative cost reimbursement, if they select a certified consultant and follow appropriate procurement. Please note that administrative dollars are still not available for employees of the grantee, unless they have a contract outlining their specific duties.

The list of Certified Administrators from 2014 training can be referenced here

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