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

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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