Public Spaces Community Places

March 27, 2015
MEDC Community Development News

Community Development’s innovative crowdfunding initiative known as Public Spaces, Community Places (PSCP)  is a collaborative effort with the MEDC, the Michigan Municipal League, and Patronicity.  Local residents can use crowdfunding to be part of the development of strategic projects in their communities, and then be backed with a matching grant from MEDC.  From Lansing, to Detroit, to Grand Rapids and up to Marquette and Ironwood —this program is creating those unique, inviting places that are so vital for the attraction and retention talent. 

To date, the PSCP has a perfect record with all 11 projects raising funds through an MEDC-backed crowdfunding campaign meeting their goal.  MEDC  grant dollars have been leveraged six times the amount of  private investment creating downtown plazas, community art centers, non-motorized trailheads, public art installations, and many more exciting community places.

The month of March will prove to be a busy one as the program currently has four projects raising funds, and four more expected to go live before April.  Our very own Nate Scramlin has been spreading the good word locally about the program at the Michigan Recreation and Park Association conference in Lansing and also the People and Places Conference in Washington D.C.

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Register Today: Free Michigan Placemaking Strategy Development Workshops – March–May

March 27, 2015
Michigan State University-Land Policy Institute

Register Today: Free Michigan Placemaking Strategy Development Workshops – March–May

Effective placemaking has the potential to transform a place from somewhere you cannot wait to leave into a place you cannot wait to be! Perhaps more importantly, Strategic Placemaking is a process to make a place very attractive to talented workers. These are the people that everyone wants to attract to their community, so it can be more globally competitive. In other words, quality places attract economic development, and placemaking is all about creating quality places.

The MIplace Partnership Initiative, in cooperation with the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, the Michigan Municipal League, the MSU Land Policy Institute, and MSU Extension Land Use Educators, prepared a six-module Placemaking Training Curriculum two years ago. Hundreds of training programs have been offered throughout Michigan since then to more than 11,000 people.

This year, from March-May, the LPI and MSU Extension are co-hosting more than 30 training workshops to be offered in communities across Michigan on Placemaking Strategy Development. There are two workshop options available to choose from.

  • Option 1 workshop (for six locations only listed below): Overview – This workshop is three (3) hours long and provides training from Modules 1–3 (instruction only).
  • Option 2 workshop (for 26 of the locations listed below): Overview + Placemaking Strategy Development – This workshop has two parts and runs six (6) hours. The first part provides training from Modules 1–3 (Module 1: People Places and Placemaking; Module 2: Economics of Placemaking; and Module 3: Neighborhoods, Streets and Connections). The second part supplies facilitators to assist communities in developing a draft placemaking strategy. These workshops will be most effective for a community if most of the planning commission and some elected officials and staff attend this session together.

Option 1 workshop locations include:

  • Detroit |April 1| 6–9pm,
  • Grand Rapids |May 13| 6–9pm,
  • Kalamazoo |May 14| 6–9pm,
  • Lansing |April 21| 6–9pm,
  • Saginaw |May 12| 6–9pm
  • Traverse City |May 6 | 6–9pm.

Option 2 workshop locations include:

  • Adrian |April 23| 1:30–8:30pm,
  • Caro |April 9| 1:30–8:30pm,
  • Clinton Township |May 7| 1:30–8:30pm,
  • Escanaba |May 29| 9:00am–3:00pm,
  • Frankfort |May 5| 9:00am–4:30pm,
  • Grayling |March 25| 8:30am–3:30pm,
  • Hancock |May 28| 1:30–8:30pm,
  • Hart |April 30| 1:30–8:30pm,
  • Hillsdale |April 16| 1:30–8:30pm,
  • Howell |May 20| 1:30–8:30pm,
  • Iron Mountain |May 26| 1:30–8:30pm,
  • Ishpeming |May 27| 1:30–8:30pm,
  • Lapeer |April 21| 1:30–8:30pm,
  • Lawrence |April 16| 2:30–8:30pm,
  • Manistee |April 10| 9:00am–4:00pm,
  • Marshall |May 6| 1:30–8:30pm,
  • Mason |April 15| 1:30–8:30pm,
  • Mt. Pleasant |April 14| 1:30–8:30pm,
  • Muskegon |April 29| 1:30–8:30pm,
  • Pontiac |May 18| 1:30–8:30pm,
  • Reed City |April 23| 9:00am–4:00pm,
  • Rogers City |April 20| 1:30–8:30pm,
  • Sault Ste. Marie |March 23| 1:30–8:30pm,
  • St. Johns |May 20| 1:30–8:30pm,
  • Standish |April 13| 1:30–8:30pm, and
  • Taylor |May 27| 1:30–8:30pm.

The intended audience for these workshops are city council and township boards; local, county and regional staff; county and planning commissioners; and key developers and community members. Communities will need multiple participants to maximize synergy and benefit for the community, especially for Option 2 workshops.

These workshops are free and open to the public with meals on your own. RSVPs are required and registration is available online. Space is limited to first come, first served, so register today!

In addition, Michigan Citizen Planner is offering one (1) CEU (continuing education unit) per one (1) hour of instruction for Master Citizen Planners (MCP). Those who attend an Option 1 workshop can receive up to three (3) CEUs for their participation. Those who attend both parts of an Option 2 workshop can receive up to six (6) CEUs, which is the required amount of CEUs for one year to maintain the MCP credential.

For general information, including questions about accommodations for persons with disabilities and those without internet access, contact Holly Madill at or call 517.432.8800. 

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Two Michigan Farmers Markets Among 8 'Must Visit' Markets in U.S.

March 16, 2015
Dearborn Patch

The Royal Oak Farmers Market is one of two from Michigan on Country Living magazine’s List of “ 8 Must-Visit Historic Food Markets Across America.”

The Royal Oak Farmers Market, located in the Civic Center at 11 Mile Road and Troy Street, opened as a truck market in 1925 as a partnership between the then-new city of Royal Oak and Oakland County.

Tell Us:

  • What’s your favorite thing about the Michigan farmers markets?

Produce, eggs and bread are offered on Saturdays, but on Fridays and Sundays, antiques and collectibles are also on the list.

Also on the must-visit list is the six-block Detroit Eastern Market, which is open every Saturday and on Tuesdays during the summer.

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Why Some Parklets Work Better Than Others

March 11, 2015
The Atlantic CITYLAB
The concept of the Parklet—the conversion of a couple of curbside parking spots or other underused public space into a tiny park, complete with greenery and seating—got its start in San Francisco about 10 years ago. Since then, the idea has decidedly spread, in part through temporary “Park(ing) Day” events, but also through more permanent efforts that have sprung up across the country, everywhere from Seattle to New York, Los Angeles to Minneapolis, even suburban New Jersey.
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2015 Nonprofit Report - Creative State Michigan

March 05, 2015
Creative Many Michigan

For the past three years, Creative Many Michigan’s Creative State Michigan reports have made an undeniable case for how Michigan’s arts, culture and creativity are contributing richly to Michigan, its people, communities and economic opportunities.

This year, we are proud to release our 2015 Creative State Michigan nonprofit report – the fourth edition in this series – which continues to demonstrate the incredible impact Michigan’s nonprofit arts and cultural organizations bring to our state’s economy, the vibrancy of our communities, education of our children and audiences of all ages. The results continue to prove that nonprofit arts and cultural organizations are a vital component of Michigan’s competitive advantage and resurgence, contributing more than one-half billion dollars in expenditures alone to Michigan’s economy in FY 2012!

Michigan’s Nonprofit Arts and Cultural Sector

  • In 2012, the nonprofit arts and cultural sector contributed nearly $596 million in total expenditures, with nearly $200 million supporting 25,900 jobs and nearly $2.5 billion generated toward state tourism revenues. 
  • This report was compiled utilizing FY 2012 CDP data from 407 nonprofit organizations; these results represent only 18 percent of the more than 2,000 arts and cultural groups operating in Michigan.
  • Organizations across the state brought cultural learning experiences to nearly 3 million schoolchildren and offered 68% of more than 25 million visits free to the public – benefiting audiences of all ages. The number of people who attended Michigan nonprofit arts and cultural events and venues in Fiscal Year 2012 would sell out Comerica Park 618 times! 
  • From 2007 to 2012, the number of arts-related jobs increased by 15 percent to 85,656 jobs in Michigan, while arts-related businesses increased by 65 percent to 28,072. From 2010-2012 alone, arts-related jobs increased by 15.3 percent, while arts-related businesses increased by 35.3 percent.

These are just the highlights of the 2015 Creative State MI nonprofit report which has been made possible this year through the leadership and generous support of Creative Many Michigan, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, Irving S. Gilmore Foundation, Kresge Foundation, MASCO Corporation Foundation, and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

Michigan’s Creative Industries a Growth Opportunity 
Last year, we introduced a new report on Michigan’s creative industries which expanded our data and continued to prove the creative sector is a vital component of Michigan’s competitive advantage and resurgence, contributing billions of dollars to the economy statewide. Through this groundbreaking research, we were able to establish a baseline for defining and assessing the impact of Michigan’s creative jobs and businesses. Following the tremendous response from this report, Creative Many is pleased to share that we’ve been awarded a grant from the US Economic Development Administration to do more extensive research and reporting on the creative and design industries in Michigan. This project is being done in 2015 with generous support from our partners the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, MASCO Corporation Foundation, Kresge Foundation, Detroit Creative Corridor Center and Prima Civitas.

Learn more about Creative State Michigan and the contributions of the arts, culture, arts education, and the creative and design industries to our state. Together with you, we are eager to share the next steps of these projects and we are ready to put this research to work to build awareness and grow support for polices and investment that impact the entire creative sector. Get more information and download copies of the reports:  

Thanks to Creative State Michigan, Creative Many and its advocates were well positioned to work with Governor Synder and the Legislature to secure $10.15 million in state arts and cultural funding for FY 2016.

As a supporter of the arts, please share this information freely and widely to your online networks, especially with the hashtag #CreativeStateMI.  

And be on the lookout for regular updates regarding Creative State Michigan and additional Creative Many Michigan news and programming.

Together we are Creative State Michigan!

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