Coming up with a good idea is the easy part. Any time I visit a community or even here in my adopted hometown of Lansing I come up with tons of great ideas that will make the place better. I’ve filled all of the storefront vacancies in Lansing’s downtown in my mind. When I travel to different towns I find … Read More
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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Someone said if you choose a job you love you’ll never work a day in your life. Google tells me it may attributed to Confucius, but it’s a quote I love. I have one of those jobs, and working with communities and community leaders is inspirational work that continues to keep me challenged and engaged. I love visiting cities, learning … Read More
During our Capital Conference donation drive we promised help to a placemaking project for the community that donated the most. The City of Durand, a quaint town of less than 3,500 people in mid-Michigan, stepped up to the challenge and donated $1,720 of our $7,625 total. This week I was excited to visit Durand and talk about the great work … Read More
I admittedly find myself drawn to communities that are evolving (although in fairness that’s all communities.) Last week I spent two days in Muskegon, and I’m convinced this is the next place we’ll all be talking about. It’ll be the next Grand Rapids or with its water the next Traverse City. We’ll all be talking about how amazing Muskegon is, … Read More
The Michigan Green Communities Network (MGC) connects community leaders through training, education and communications. Communities who are investing in sustainability initiatives are seen as more attractive, and those investments pay off in terms of property values and other positive economic indicators. For example, the Land Policy Institute at Michigan State University found 70 percent of green infrastructure assets had a … Read More
Civic engagement is the new black. All kidding aside engaging communities – both at the local government level also with community leaders, members and partners – is one of the most critical and challenging feats affecting placemaking. If we want to create vibrant communities, we need to do it in a durable way. The communities that are popular today and … Read More