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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 Economic Analysis

    Location:

    Justin S. Morrill Hall of Agriculture, 446 W. Circle Drive, Room 88, East Lansing, Michigan, 48824

    Description:

    The Center for Economic Analysis provides timely, high quality research, data, and analysis that contributes to the overall awareness of how the agricultural, natural resource, and related sectors and other community economic development activities contribute to the state economy. The CEA provides a number of services, including:

    • Economic Forecasts
    • Economic Policy Analyses
    • Demographic Profiles
    • Impact Assessments
    • Market Assessments
    • Tax Policy Impacts
    • Tourism Impacts
    • Needs and Poverty Assessments
  • 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."

  • Great Lakes Leadership Academy: Detroit Leaders Dinner (May 2017)

    Dates:

    May 23, 2017

    Location:

    Michigan State University Detroit Center located at 3408 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48201

    Description:

    The goal of the Great Lakes Leadership Academy (GLLA) is to promote positive change, economic vitality and resource conservation, and to enhance quality of life in Michigan by encouraging leadership for the common good. Key sustainability issues are addressed, such as: land use, water quality, rural vitality, rural and urban interactions, siting of livestock and manufacturing facilities, and the competing interests of recreation, manufacturing, food production and quality of life. 

    As part of our program, we have planned a dinner and panel discussion for local leaders that
    have been working to improve the quality of life for citizens in the greater Detroit area.   We are
    hopeful that this event will provide an opportunity to learn about the great work happening in
    Detroit, particularly the difference that partnerships and collaborations have made in impacting
    the community for the common good.

    We cordially invite you to dinner on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 5:30 pm to be held at the Michigan State University Detroit Center.

  • Land Use and Planning Resources: MSU Extension

    Description:

    Michigan State University Extension offers a broad variety of training courses and presentations on public policy topics related to local planning and zoning tools and techniques, planning policy options, land use and environmental issues, public participation programs, leadership development, community/economic development, and more. This service is available for Michigan’s 1,858 local governments (townships, villages, cities, counties), 14 multi-county regions, 12 federally recognized tribal nations, and interested citizens and activist groups. MSU Extension provides accurate information on planning and zoning techniques, as well as current “best practices.”

  • Master Citizen Planner Webinar Recordings

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    Michigan State University (MSU) Extension offers a land use planning and zoning training program called Citizen Planner. The program is a non-credit course series leading to a certificate of completion awarded by MSU Extension with participants having the option to earn the Master Citizen Planner (MCP) credential. MCPs are required to earn six hours of continuing education annually to maintain their credential. The MCP Webinar Series is one source for that continuing education. The cost to view each webinar is $10. Each webinar is approximately one hour and will count as one hour of continuing education for MCPs. For a complete list of recordings, please click on the web link below.

  • 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: Macomb County (March - May 2017)

    Dates:

    Class begins on March 9 and continues on Thursday evenings, 6 - 9 p.m., March 16, 23, 29, April 13, 20, 27, and May 4, 2017. There will be no class on April 6, 2017. The May 4 class is not required for the Citizen Planner certificate and may not be used as a substitute for a core class (1-7), but is required to be considered for a scholarship from Macomb County.

    Location:

    MSU Extension Office Assembly room, 21885 Dunham Road, Suite 12, Clinton Township, MI 48036

    Description:

    Michigan Citizen Planner offers a seven-week, non-credit course called “Fundamentals of Planning and Zoning” that leads to an optional certificate of completion awarded by MSU Extension. Earning the certificate involves the successful completion of seven core sessions.  Courses are held for consecutive weeks at a local facility. Each session is designed to be approximately 2½ hours in length and includes hands-on learning exercises. The seven core sessions of “Fundamentals of Planning and Zoning” provide a basic skill set and are required for certification. Participants with limited time may enroll in individual sessions of their choosing.

  • Michigan Citizen Planner Classroom Program: St. Joseph County (March - May 2017)

    Dates:

    The St. Joseph County Citizen Planner classroom program will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM beginning March 22, 2017, with class dates of March 29, April 5, 12, 19, 26 and May 3.

    Location:

    Southwest MI Construction Code Essential Standards Library, 68596 Thomas Road, White Pigeon, MI 49099

    Description:

    Michigan Citizen Planner offers land use education and training to locally appointed and elected planning officials. The Citizen Planner program is a seven-session series leading to a certificate of completion awarded by MSUE. Michigan Citizen Planner empowers local officials to shape the future of their communities by providing them with the tools and education they need to lead. Participants may also choose to continue on with the program and earn the Master Citizen Planner (MCP) credential by completing the Fundamentals of Planning and Zoning, an exam, and a capstone presentation. Master Citizen Planners receive course discounts, exclusive training opportunities and other incentives.

  • 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.

     

  • Planning and Zoning Essentials: Michigan Association of Planning (May 2017)

    Dates:

    May 18, 2017

    Location:

    Zellar's Village Inn, 7552 M-123, Newberry, MI

    Description:

    This information-packed program is ideal for introducing new planning commissioners and zoning board of appeals members to their roles and responsibilities, and also for more experienced officials looking to refresh their skills and build upon existing knowledge. Roles and responsibilities, site plan review, comprehensive planning, zoning ordinances, variances, how to determine practical difficulty, and standards for decision-making are all presented in this comprehensive workshop.

  • School of Planning, Design, and Construction Guest Lecture for National Hispanic Month (October 2017)

    Dates:

    October 11, 2017.  5:00 pm

    Location:

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

    Description:

    The School of Planning, Design and Construction has invited special guest lecturer, Henry Cisneros, former HUD secretary and co-chair of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Immigration Task Force, to speak at a special guest lecture in celebration of National Hispanic Month.  He will present on “Cities and How They are Fueling America’s Destiny: Smart Growth and a Sustainable Future, and American Latinos and the Nation’s Future.”

  • Sustainable Built Environment Initiative

    Location:

    Human Ecology Building, Room 101, 552 West Circle Drive, East Lansing, MI  48824

    Description:

    The Sustainable Built Environment Initiative (SBEI) (formerly Small Town Design Initiative) began as a pilot in 2013 as a means of assisting communities to address physical planning, design and land use issues (see image right for downtown waterfront pedestrian access in Cadillac, MI). It offers a graphic visioning process that provides citizens with a set of images and recommendations to guide improvements in their community with a sustainability theme. The SBEI builds on the success of the Small Town Design Initiative by providing a “go-to” source for Michigan’s communities for physical sustainable design assistance in community development and land use.

  • Urban Collaborators

    Description:

    Urban Collaborators (UC) aims to address specific topics that affect the vibrancy of our core city neighborhoods with reference to smart growth, livability and community-based social and economic policies that build from within and cater, primarily, to current residents. Within this framework, the UC will address issues of work and entrepreneurship, use of urban buildings and space, organizational capacity building, reinforcing ethnic neighborhoods, creating safe environments and promoting basic community needs, such as: housing, food, education, safety, sustainable built environments, and protection of natural resources.

    The focus of UC is on key urban anchors, along Michigan’s major transportation corridors, including I-96, I-94 and I-75. These communities include Battle Creek, Benton Harbor, Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Hamtramck, Highland Park, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Muskegon, Pontiac, Port Huron, Saginaw and Ypsilanti.

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