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  • American Citizen Planner Program

    Location:

    308 Manly Miles Building, 1405 S. Harrison Rd, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48823.

    Description:

    The American Citizen Planner program is a basic land use planning program that trains citizen leaders to understand the many dimensions of both land use and natural resource management decisions, and to translate that knowledge into better growth and development of their communities. The program’s capacity to evolve as land use policies and regulations change, and to be customized based on local needs, ensures that volunteer community leaders who complete the program receive the technical information and tools they need to be successful.

    American Citizen Planner features time-tested educational programs that help local officials and citizens understand and deal with important local issues like traffic congestion, farmland protection, healthy communities, water quality and quantity, urban design, and smart growth. These educational programs include:                                                                                                                                                                                       

  • Center for Community and Economic Development

    Location:

    1615 E. Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI, 48912.

    Description:

    The Center for Community and Economic Development provides a multidisciplinary capacity to respond to the complex, interrelated issues of communities and provides an innovative learning environment for collaborative learning in community and economic development. It is committed to developing and applying knowledge to address the needs of contemporary society in a variety of ways.

     

  • Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement

    Location:

    345 Student Services Building, 556 East Circle Drive, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    The Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement promotes active learning and outreach, focused on civic engagement, in which students serve with non-profit organizations, health and human service agencies, and educational, governmental and other publicly funded institutions to help meet needs and/or address issues that have been identified by the communities in which the students are involved. Structurally, service-learning and civic engagement at MSU support curricular and co-curricular service-learning, interdisciplinary and cross-unit collaborations related to service, and service-learning in pre-college programs. Over 300 local, national, and international community partners list more than 900 placement opportunities with the Center.

  • Community Evaluation and Research Collaborative (CERC)

    Location:

    Kellogg Center, Garden Level, 219 S. Harrison Road, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    CERC acts as a hub for program evaluation activity across Michigan State University and provides training in evaluation and community-based participatory research, and conducts formative (planning) and summative (outcome) evaluations. Across local, state, and national arenas, CERC partners with nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, government, health organizations, foundations, and other universities. 

     

  • Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities Conference (October 2017)

    Dates:

    October 4 - 5, 2017

    Location:

    Howell, Michigan

    Description:

    Throughout this conference, participants have a chance to learn best practices from entrepreneurial professionals across the country. Twenty-four break-out sessions will be held in historical downtown Howell venues—all within walking distance. Wednesday evening includes a networking event where participants have the opportunity to continue the conversation with colleagues from both rural and urban communities.

    Conference registration is $85, which includes breakout sessions, lunches, networking event, and keynotes speeches from local entrepreneurs Joe Parker, and Renee Chodkowski.

  • Economic Development Extension Resources

    Description:

    Michigan State University Extension is an educational leader in providing support to communities in green and sustainable economic development. Through programs like Stronger Economies Together, MSU Extension facilitates the development of an economic development plan in two regions in the state. Extension educators help counties work together in developing strong economic blueprints that strengthen relationships, build trust and capacity and strengthen "social capital."

  • Growth Through Adaptive Reuse Online Modules

    Location:

    Online.

    Description:

    Community planners need to maximize the reuse of community assets when building and shaping their communities. There are three types of adaptive reuse that will be explored: greyfield, brownfield and historical. This module explores how communities can improve their economic future and save their green spaces, which are crucial to sustainable communities by revitalizing urban areas. Unit topics include:

    • Unit AR.1: Introduction to Reusing the Built Environment
    • Unit AR.2: Types of Reuse
    • Unit AR.3: Planning for Reuse
    • Unit AR.4: Brownfields: Environmental Contamination
  • Growth Through Green Development Online Modules

    Location:

    Online.

    Description:

    This module provides an introduction to the many facets and perspectives of green development. The goal is to increase awareness of green development strategies, techniques and tools that can be used when planning sites, neighborhoods, communities and regions. Module topics include:

    • GD.1: Foundations of Green Development
    • GD.2: Green Infrastructure
    • GD.3: Design the Community on a Human Scale
    • GD.4: Green Site Development
    • GD.5: Are you ready for green development?
  • Inclusion and Intercultural Community Resources Directory

    Location:

    The resources directory is available online at the website below.

    Description:

    The Community Resources Directory is intended to provide information on local businesses, as well as campus and community organizations that assist and serve the diverse members of the Michigan State University community. It includes a database with compiled links to web sites, searchable by keywords and diversity characteristics. Subject areas cover a broad range of categories, such as health, children, families, eldercare, housing, safety, cultural events, disability, education, recreation, entertainment, religion, food, transportation, and travel.

  • Innovate Michigan! Summit (September 2017)

    Dates:

    Friday, September 15, 2017.  1:00 pm - 7:30 pm.

     

    Location:

    Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, 219 S. Harrison, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    Each year, the MSU-EDA University Center for Regional Economic Innovation (REI) organizes the Innovate Michigan! Summit, a conference that brings together economic experts and enthusiasts alike to share, learn, and create unique and innovative approaches to economic development and revitalization in the State of Michigan.

    This year's Innovate Michigan! Summit will be a half-day event featuring presentations on new economic development tools, models, policies, programs, and practices, along with community-university projects from around the state, and an opportunity for participants to prioritize topics and ideas for future REI activities. An evening networking reception will conclude the day.

  • Institute for Public Policy and Social Research Spring Forum Series (Spring 2017)

    Dates:

    • January 18, 2017
    • February 15, 2017
    • March 15, 2017
    • April 19, 2017

    Location:

    Anderson House Office Building, 5th Floor Mackinac Room, downtown Lansing, across from the Capitol Bldg. The address is 124 N. Capitol Ave, Lansing, MI

    Description:

    The Forums are open to all who want to learn more about current issues being discussed in the policy arena. Each panelist will discuss their perspective before the forum opens to audience discourse. Attendees have an opportunity to contribute to the policy discussion.

  • Junior Citizen Planner Program

    Location:

    Activities are posted at the Website below. They are in PDF format and include: an overview, objectives, subject, skills, duration, materials, background information, step-by-step procedure, assessment options, adaptations/extensions, additional resources, as well as the pertinent Michigan Curriculum Framework Content Standards and Benchmarks and Kent County Core Curriculum. (Activities are not specific to Kent County.)

    Description:

    This fun, hands-on curriculum helps youth understand the connection between civics, the environment, and our community. The Junior Citizen Planner program develops participants' skills in becoming good citizens and responsible decision-makers, and will develop community pride. The primary subject areas covered in the program are:

    • Social Studies, Civics, and Community
    • Geography
    • Environmental Science and Land Use Planning
    • Land Use Technology (GIS, GPS)
  • Master Citizen Planner Credentialing Program

    Description:

    The Master Citizen Planner (MCP) Program provides advanced skill development and a benchmark for continuing education among Michigan elected and appointed officials and citizen volunteers. The MCP program involves completing the Citizen Planner course of seven core sessions (in classroom or online), passing an examination, developing a capstone project, and meeting continuing education requirements. The MCP designation is an achievement recognized as the standard of excellence among planning officials and community leaders in Michigan, and participants who complete the MCP program receive incentives such as course discounts, exclusive training opportunities, and scholarships for annual conferences and regional training offered by partnering organizations.

  • Master Citizen Planner Webinar Series (2017)

    Dates:

    Please see the current schedule at the website below

    Location:

    Zoom Webinar

    Description:

    The 2017 Master Citizen Planner (MCP) Webinar Series is designed to offer participants the latest updates and information on current topics. Using Zoom Webinar, MSU Extension educators will provide an overview of topics of interest to planning and zoning officials. Webinars are the third Thursday of February, April, June, August, October and December from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Each session is available individually or participants can register for all six at once. MCPs will earn one hour of continuing education per webinar.

  • Michigan Citizen Planner Classroom Program (Fall 2017)

    Dates:

    Please see current schedule at the website listed below

    Location:

     

     

    Description:

    Michigan Citizen Planner provides time-tested educational programs on important local issues that are
    proven to be comprehensive without being overwhelming. The program is offered locally to provide a
    convenient way for busy volunteer community leaders to obtain the latest technical knowledge and
    information they need to perform their duties more effectively and responsibly. Michigan Citizen Planner offers the Fundamentals of Planning and Zoning, a seven-session course leading to a certificate of completion awarded by Michigan State University Extension:

    • Introduction to Planning and Zoning: Smart Growth and the New Economy, Conflict of Interest and Planning Resources
    • Legal Foundations of Planning and Zoning: Cases, Statutes and other Planning Authority
    • Roles and Responsibilities, Part I: Master Plan and Planning Process, Sub-Area Plans, and Working with the Public
    • Roles and Responsibilities, Part II: Zoning, Site Plans and Zoning Board of Appeals Process
    • Plan Implementation and Development Controls: Subdividing Land, Zoning Controls and NonRegulatory Techniques
    • Best Practices for Innovative Planning and Zoning: Green Development, Form-Based Code, Traditional Neighborhood Design and Conservation Design
    • The Art of Community Planning: Participation, Effective Meetings and Managing Conflict
  • Michigan State University Outreach & Engagement Documents

    Description:

    The reports, guides, proceedings, and periodicals produced by MSU's Office of University Outreach and Engagement:

    help foster a national discussion about what it means for an institution to meet its responsibilities both to the public and to scholarship through community engagement;
    address questions regarding the responsibility of public universities to the constituencies and society they serve;
    help implement the University’s commitment to serving the public with the knowledge resources of a major research university.

  • Mid-Michigan Health Impact Assessment

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    The Mid-Michigan Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is a sustainability toolkit designed for planners, developers, community leaders, and the general public concerning the planning of future development in the Tri-County Area and how it impacts our health.  Specifically, it uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS) programs to help inform users why or why not a particular development should be built in a specific location.

  • Mid-Michigan Health Impact Assessment Toolkit

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    Health Impact Assessment is defined as a combination of procedures, methods, and tools by which a policy, program, or project may be judged as to its potential effects on the health of a population, and the distribution of those effects within the population. HIA identifies appropriate actions to manage those effects.  The HIA Toolkit helps support the HIA process by providing free access to environmental and health data to planners, decision makers, and the public; mapping and visualization applications; and assessment of impacts that will showcase how to integrate an assessment of public health impacts within a greater, dynamic movement towards sustainability in our region.

  • Placemaking Assessment Tool

    Location:

    Online: http://landpolicy.msu.edu/resources/placemaking_assessment_tool 

    Description:

    The Land Policy Institute has released a Placemaking Assessment Tool (PAT) that will continue to help communities develop quality places that are attractive and functional in Michigan.  The purpose of placemaking is to create quality places where people want to live, work, play, learn and visit. Effective placemaking creates or restores a higher quality living environment in key parts of a community through urban development or redevelopment and provides a wider range of living, transportation, entertainment, recreation and related options to existing and new residents in (and visitors to) communities.

  • Planning and Zoning Center

    Location:

    Human Ecology Building, 552 W. Circle Drive, Rm 112, East Lansing, MI, 48824

    Description:

    The Planning and Zoning Center is a multi-disciplinary team of professionals devoted to research, education, and consultation on best practices for community planning and development control. It works both independently and in cooperation with many other groups both on and off campus to build a sustainable Michigan. The goal of PZC is to improve the quality of life in the state of Michigan through sustainable development based on proper planning and the application of appropriate land use policies and development regulations. It seeks to play a major role in improving the institutional and legal structure for state, regional, county, and local planning and development regulation in the state of Michigan through applied research, outreach and training, serving citizens, public and nonprofit organizations, government, and the academic community.

     

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