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  • 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.

  • 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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