Placemaking, World-Class Corridors and the Status of Michigan’s Economy Highlight 2014 Built Environment Showcase

The relationship between the built environment and Michigan’s economy was the topic at the forefront of presentations as researchers, State agency representatives, local and federal officials, developers, MSU students and the public gathered for the 2014 Built Environment Showcase. The conference took place on November 7, 2014, at Michigan State University (MSU) in East Lansing. This was the second time this conference was held. The first was in 2012.

More than 200 individuals attended the 2014 Built Environment Showcase. The conference was co-hosted by the MSU School of Planning, Design and Construction (SPDC); the MSU Land Policy Institute; MSU Auxiliary Enterprises; the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA); the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC); and Prima Civitas.

Dr. Charles Ballard from the MSU Department of Economics at MSU, opened the conference by discussing the relationship between the current state of Michigan’s economy and its relationship to the built environment. His data-driven presentation showed that although inflation-adjusted per capita income in Michigan has never been higher, it still lags behind the U.S. average. He closed with a recommendation to improve this disparity: “Today, one of our top priorities for public policy in Michigan must be to repair our decaying infrastructure.”


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