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PlacePlans is a joint effort between Michigan State University and the Michigan Municipal League, funded by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) through the MIPlace initiative, to help communities design and plan for transformative placemaking projects. Successful placemaking is a dynamic, strategic approach to community development and economic revitalization based on an individual community’s strengths within core “quality of life” areas.  With a comprehensive understanding of a community’s place-based assets, and the tools and strategies to best leverage them, a successful “PlacePlan” can develop.

The Foundation is working with community foundations and other partners to ensure these projects become a reality. In two PlacePlans communities, Cadillac and Allegan, the work by the communities, community foundations and other leaders have pushed those projects closer to completion.



The Foundation helps fund educational and training programs for local elected officials and staff. These seminars provide up-to-date information on major issues and concerns relating to communities. Scholarships are available.


Green Communities Challenge

Every day, local government leaders across Michigan are implementing creative sustainability projects, programs, and policies that save money and offer social and environmental benefits. These leaders can be models for change across the state only if their peers are aware of their efforts. Michigan Green Communities (MGC) connects those leaders and supports their work through training, education, and communications. This peer-to-peer network shares home-grown best practices to help other Michigan communities overcome barriers in the path toward sustainability.