Livable Communities News Archive

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October, 2016

  • Starting a home occupation can be quick and easy through minimized regulation

    October 31, 2016 | Kurt Schindler | A community can make starting a home occupation easy to do by minimizing regulation. Changing zoning to allow home occupations to automatically be part of a dwelling can help economic development.

  • Beware of zombie planning commissioners this Halloween

    October 24, 2016 | Brad Neumann | When one member of a planning commission attends training, they sometimes return to the next meeting with the others staring as if they'd been abducted, filled with ‘alien’ information, and turned back to the community as some sort of zombie.

  • Extension offering webinar on “Septic Systems: Insight into Your Onsite System”

    October 19, 2016 | Terry Gibb and Bindu Bhakta | This free, live statewide webinar will provide homeowners and businesses with important information to protect an important resource – their onsite waste water system

  • Two steps forward for nature and wildlife

    October 18, 2016 | Monica Day | Sixty new Michigan Conservation Stewards Program participants display their projects on October 18, 19 and 20. How will they improve Michigan’s natural environment?

  • New County Commissioner Workshop registration now open

    October 12, 2016 | John Amrhein | MSU Extension and the Michigan Association of Counties co-sponsor the 2016 New County Commissioner Workshops for newly elected commissioners, experienced commissioners, elected officials, and staff interested in learning more about county government.

  • Walkability is key to economic development

    October 10, 2016 | Brad Neumann | In the New Economy, it is all about creating communities with amenities and high quality of life to retain and attract talent. Talented individuals, who are mobile and can live anywhere, want a walkable, bikeable community to call home.

  • Looking to boost tourism revenue? Start with placemaking

    October 10, 2016 | Brad Neumann | In the New Economy, placemaking must be part of an economic development strategy. For the tourism industry, businesses and communities can enhance the tourist experience through placemaking, which serves as a population attraction strategy.

  • Engaging community stakeholders for water quality in lakes

    October 10, 2016 | Ryan Coffey | When conducting water quality studies on local lakes, it is important to have sound scientific methods guiding the investigative process. Equally important is the need to reach out to community members who have a vested interest in the health of the lake.

  • MSU Extension Breakfast on the Farm organizers looking for 2017 host farm families

    October 10, 2016 | Mary Dunckel | In Michigan, Breakfast on the Farm began in 2009 when Tony and Patti Jandernoa, Dutch Meadows Dairy, offered to host the first event in Clinton County. Since then, 34 other farm families have hosted events all over Michigan.

  • The FoodCorps Farm to School Program in Michigan expands this school year

    October 7, 2016 | Terry McLean | The FoodCorps National Service program has expanded in Michigan to support student’s hands-on learning, healthy school meals and a schoolwide culture of health. Together with communities, FoodCorps serves to connect kids to healthy food in school.

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