Public Policy News Archive

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December, 2013

  • The Board has hired an Executive Director – who makes decisions now for the organization?

    December 31, 2013 | Ann Chastain | In order to work effectively, the Board of Directors and the Executive Director need to understand and support the responsibilities of both roles.

  • Two tips for successful grant writing

    December 31, 2013 | Ryan Coffey | When it comes to writing grants there are a plethora of ideas, techniques and styles that can help you write a winning grant. However, there are two key elements of grant writing common in today’s most successful grant requests that funders often look for.

  • Measuring change in a community with aerial images

    December 31, 2013 | Ryan Coffey | Utilizing aerial images to measure change in a community can provide a quality, accurate analysis of complex problems while providing strong visual support to assist decision-makers and inform the public.

  • Work through difficult decision-making with compromise

    December 31, 2013 | Ryan Coffey | Compromise can be vital to success, especially when conflict has rendered efforts stagnant. While agreeing to a compromise can take some time and effort and may be difficult to accept, doing so often is the only viable path to success.

  • The usefulness of feasibility studies

    December 31, 2013 | Ryan Coffey | Feasibility studies can be very helpful for guiding a community’s decision-making process. They can provide neutral, third party professional analysis including cost-benefit analysis, alternative options and verification.

  • Getting a resolution of support passed in your community

    December 31, 2013 | Ryan Coffey | Many individuals, groups and organizations would like to obtain a resolution of support from their municipality supporting their project, program or effort. However, the process to achieve this goal can often seem like a daunting and overwhelming task.

  • What is the status of my zoning board of appeals?

    December 31, 2013 | Ryan Coffey | For many rural townships in Michigan, the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) may see sparse and irregular action, often with a year or more between meetings.

  • Ethics for community planning

    December 31, 2013 | Ryan Coffey | Ethics goes beyond doing what is legally right and addresses proper behavior and expectations for those tasked with the responsibility of planning communities in their roles as public officials representing the public good.

  • Code of conduct for your planning commission or zoning board of appeals

    December 31, 2013 | Ryan Coffey | Adopting a code of conduct provides guidance and expectations for appointed officials in their respective roles as public officials.

  • Making the most of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in your community

    December 31, 2013 | Ryan Coffey | A quality municipal GIS system provides substantial benefits to a community beyond parcel mapping. GIS can provide comprehensive services to a variety of departments, dramatically increasing efficiency and reducing costs.

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