The Michigan Municipal League Foundation will help create and maintain vibrant communities in Michigan by funding placemaking projects and through education to community leaders and advocates. We recognize that communities are economic drivers, so the Foundation plays a key role in connecting communities to opportunities to help them grow and thrive.

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Collaboration in Flint
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I’ve talked a lot about the importance of community partners, and I love seeing that in action. Earlier this week I was invited to join the C.S. Mott Foundation and the Genesee County Land Bank on a neighborhood tour in the City of Flint. Flint is a community I’ve been spending more time in this year, and it’s rapidly becoming … Read More

Places for People Not Cars
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Last week the League held our annual board retreat on Mackinac Island. If you’ve never been to Mackinac it’s an idyllic setting with an adorable downtown, no cars and people everywhere. As I took a walk on my final morning on the Island I realized that its design is what cities would look like if we designed them for people … Read More

Why?
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We spend a lot of time at the League analyzing how we can make places in Michigan better. What attracts millennials? What drives people to move back home after they’ve left after college? What attracts jobs? Talent? What do retiring baby boomers want? The answer to all of these questions is the same: place. But what does that mean? Several … Read More

Detroit’s Island Paradise
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In the middle of the Detroit River is a nearly 1,000 acre gem known as Belle Isle Park. There are Michiganders and even those who live in Metro Detroit who have never been there, and I would urge you to change that. Soon.  When we talk about great, authentic places and attractions, Belle Isle is the embodiment of that ideal. … Read More

The Importance of Community Partners
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Last week I was invited to attend a gathering of community leaders hosted by DTE Energy in Detroit. DTE is one of Michigan’s powerhouse utility companies, but they’ve evolved into much more than that. In a 21st century economy where energy and sustainability are critical to attracting and retaining talent, DTE has emerged as a leader. They’ve become an important … Read More

The New Suburbs
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In the middle of the 20th century you knew you’d made it if you left the city, bought a house in the suburbs and a car to drive into the city every day for work. That suburbanization brought about the decline of many cities that lingers today. The challenge in the 21st century, however, is that cities are making a … Read More