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  • New Economy 101: Fundamentals of the New Economy

    Description:

    This two-hour program describes how Michigan's present economic circumstances developed, and emphasizes that because Michigan has many assets there is good reason to be hopeful about our economic future. Thirteen actions Michigan could take to move the state forward are also presented.

  • New Economy 201: Place-Based Regional Economic Planning

    Description:

    This four-hour program focuses on a simple common vision and basic goals for prosperity; it describes in detail Michigan's critical assets and then identifies place-based strategies to help us create new prosperity on a regional basis.

  • New Economy 301: Strategies to Bridge the Gap

    Description:

    This six-hour (all day) program addresses detailed economic analyses that can be performed to help inform regional strategic growth plans and the key strategies necessary to implement those plans.

  • 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, Design, and Construction Workshops and Training

    Location:

    Online, off-campus, and on-site

    Description:

    The School of Planning, Design and Construction works closely with its professions to provide workshops and training on current practices and skills. SPDC offers certified training, online courses and specialized workshops on an ongoing basis, as well as on request to interested groups. Current programs include:

    • Construction Safety Management: to meet Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) training requirements. Offered annually in the summer.
    • Specialized workshops for local, national and international groups. Held in Michigan as well as internationally. Among recent workshops are American Housing and Real Estate for China’s Ministry of Land, and Urban Regeneration for government agencies in South Korea.
    • Online courses are regularly scheduled for Planning and Design Digital Graphics (PDC120), Introduction to Golf Architecture (LA218), and Advanced Golf Course Architecture (LA419)
  • Project GREEEN Agricultural Research

    Location:

    109 Justin Morrill Hall of Agriculture, 446 West Circle Drive, East Lansing, MI, 48823.

    Description:

    Project GREEEN, Michigan’s plant agriculture initiative housed at Michigan State University, is a cooperative effort by plant-based commodity groups and businesses in cooperation with Michigan State University AgBioResearch, Michigan State University Extension and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to advance Michigan’s economy through plant-based agriculture.  Project GREEEN has a three-pronged mission:

    • Develop research and educational programs in response to industry needs
    • Ensure and improve food safety
    • Protect and preserve the quality of the environment
  • Publications on Gender and International Development

    Location:

    Online at the Website listed below.

    Description:

    MSU's Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen) focuses on global transformation and gender relations. Their publication series includes:

    • GPID Working Papers featuring article-length manuscripts by scholars from a broad range of disciplines.
    • GPID Bulletin, which contains information on new publications, video resources, scholarships, conferences, and Web sites.
  • Remote Sensing & Geographic Information Science Research and Training

    Location:

    2nd Floor Geography Building, 673 Auditorium Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824.

    Description:

    RSGIS provides spatial analysis services to local and state government agencies.  Recognized as the leading source of spatial technology expertise in the state, RSGIS staff assists the State of Michigan with data acquisition, quality control, and software programming.  They also provide training workshops in GIS, remote sensing and cartography for working professionals.  They operate an imagery archive that houses photo and satellite images for the state of Michigan from the 1930s to present.  They employ a number of geography undergraduate and graduate students on many projects.

  • Remote Sensing & GIS Workshops (August, September, November 2017)

    Dates:

    All workshops times are 8:30 am - 5:00 pm.

    August 21-23, 2017
    Introduction to ArcGIS - 2 days
    ArcGIS II - Beyond the Basics - 1 day

    August 29-31, 2017
    Hands-on Drone-to-GIS Workflows - 3 days

    September 18-20, 2017
    Hands-on Drone-to-GIS Workflows - 3 days

    November 6-8, 2017
    Introduction to ArcGIS - 2 days
    ArcGIS II - Beyond the Basics - 1 day

    Location:

    219 Geography Building, 673 Auditorium Rd, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    The Training Center at the RS&GIS is a state-of-the-art computer facility, equipped with the latest software and hardware. This lab is the perfect place to take a RS&GIS workshop or host your own event. These one- to two- days of CEU certified technical workshops cover the principle tools of geospatial technology. These hands-on classes, taught by a staff of Certified GIS Professionals, give you the opportunity to expand your technical skills, spatial knowledge, and software proficiency. Full-day or multiple-day courses carry CEU credits.

     

  • Sharper Focus/Wider Lens Forums (2017 - 2018)

    Dates:

    Please see the current schedule at the website below.

    Location:

    MSU Union, East Lansing, MI

    Description:

    This lecture series offers students, faculty, staff and the Greater Lansing community the opportunity to grapple with important issues or questions in a trans-disciplinary format. The faculty panel will bring their unique research, teaching and writing experiences from a wide range of disciplines to explore contemporary and historical issues. Refreshments are provided.

     

  • Sports Skills Program for Persons with Disabilities

    Location:

    308 W. Circle Drive, Room 134, East Lansing, MI 48824

    Description:

    MSU's Department of Kinesiology has developed the Sports Skills Program for children and adults with disabilities who reside in the greater Lansing area. The program offers coaching and instruction in sports skills. Sports offerings vary with semester. with an opportunity to improve their skill and fitness, whether they are preparing for competition or are simply interested in having fun and achieving better health and physical well-being.

  • Supporting Local Food Councils: A New Professional Development Course (January 2018)

    Dates:

    January 15, 2018.  12:00 pm

    Location:

    Webinar

    Description:

    Supporting Local Food Councils is a new professional development course designed to equip Extension staff and community development professionals with the education, material resources, organizational tools and videos to support the development and sustainability of food councils. Participants in this webinar will be given an overview of the course’s 15 modules and will have a chance to view a few of the course videos.

  • 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.

  • The Evaluation Circle Workshops

    Dates:

    Please see the website below for the current schedule.

    Location:

    Kellogg Center, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    MSU's Community Evaluation and Research Collaborative offers two workshops each year that are designed to cover evaluation topics that are often not addressed in the typical graduate curriculum.

  • Tollgate Education Conference Center (Novi, MI)

    Location:

    28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi, MI, 48377. (Northwest corner of Twelve Mile and Meadowbrook Roads in Novi, MI.)

    Description:

    The MSUE - Tollgate Education Conference Center functions as a full service meeting facility ideal for the business and educational community. Situated on a beautiful 160 acre farm, the gardens and pastures at Tollgate provide a natural and peaceful setting for business meetings, receptions, retreats, conferences, workshops and educational classes. The Center includes the Tollgate Conference room which accommodates up to 140 people; the Activity Center, a more casual setting accommodates up to 60 people; the Americana Boardroom, an executive-style formal meeting room for 12 or less; and the Bassett Boardroom for 10 people. Tollgate’s main site feature is the historic Tollgate Barn which is available for rental for various functions offering it’s unique charm and atmosphere.

    Tollgate offers a complete range of support services to make every event a success:

    Our caterers provide an excellent variety of breakfasts, lunches, dinners or outdoor barbecues to suit your budget and tastes.
    All meeting rooms have wireless internet and a complete inventory of audiovisual and communication equipment.
    Overnight accommodations are available at several hotels located within one mile of Tollgate.

    Conveniently located at the northwest corner of 12 Mile and Meadowbrook Roads in Novi, Michigan near several major freeways: I-275, I-96 and I-696, and within an hour’s drive from Metropolitan Airport, Detroit, Flint, Ann Arbor and Lansing.

  • Turfgrass Information Center and Database

    Location:

    100 Library, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    The Turfgrass Information File (TGIF) database has over 140,000 searchable items using over 300,000 keywords, covering the full scope of the turfgrass industry. TIC organizes, summarizes, and points to the most comprehensive, publicly available collection of turfgrass educational materials in the world. The Center collects materials on turf research, turf culture, and the management of turf facilities; develops and continually refines an online system to provide access to the collected material; and helps individuals identify and locate materials in the collection and on the Web.

  • Understanding Tourism for Michigan Communities (January, March 2018)

    Dates:

    • January 9, 2018. 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
    • March 20, 2018: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    Location:

    • January 9, 2018: Cabela's Conference Room, 110 Cabelas Blvd. East, Dundee, Michigan 48131
    • March 20, 2018: Grand Haven Community Center, 421 Columbus Avenue, Grand Haven, MI 49417

    Description:

    Workshop Objectives include:

    • To demonstrate the magnitude and significance of the tourism industry
    • To expose communities to relevant tourism trends and travelers’ interests
    • To provide a facilitated, open forum for innovative and collaborative exchange for developing tourism across your region
  • University Center for Regional Economic Innovation

    Location:

    1615 E. Michigan Avenue, Lansing, MI 48912

    Description:

    The MSU EDA University Center for Regional Economic Innovation (REI) at the MSU Center for Community and Economic Development is building a new economic development ecosystem, leveraging higher education assets to support the co-creation, co-application, and dissemination of innovative economic development strategies that promise to yield high-growth entrepreneurship, job creation and economic innovation throughout the state of Michigan!  At the wheel of the REI University Center Ecosystem is the REI Network, a responsive virtual community of over 800 members from the public and private sector that are engaged in strategic partnerships and collaborative learning.

  • 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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