Local Government has a major role in revitalizing Michigan’s economy

MSU Extension’s training program is a great jump-start to Michigan’s economic recovery.

In today’s world of a global economy, it is important to have a coordinated state, state planning regions and county local economic asset inventory and economic development strategy. 

MSU Extension and Greening Michigan Institute offer a training program “Planning for the Global Economy: What is the role for your local government in the global economy” helping township, village, city and county government with economic development strategy.  The program focus is on how should local government can plan and operate differently, new economy concepts can be integrated into local decision-making and coordination of efforts for a stronger Michigan can take place.

Trainers will provide ideas and resources for integrating new economy concepts into the community planning process. This effort continues to build on MSU Land Policy Institute Michigan Prosperity Initiative.  While attendance at the New Economy 101, 201 and 301 training programs is not a pre-requisite, participants will appreciate this content as a New Economy 401 that focuses on how to implement concepts in your area of the state.  This is an action-oriented program; participants should expect to leave the session with a to-do list to bring back to your local community.

These sessions are oriented toward elected officials, planning commissioners, economic development practitioners, professional planners and others interested in the new economy planning practices.

Each time the program is presented it is targeted for the respective region and is custom prepared for the state planning region or county.  These programs have been enacted in the Upper Peninsula’s three state planning regions (Hancock, Marquette, Sault Ste. Marie), northwest Michigan (Benzie, Charlevoix, Grand Traverse, Manistee, and Wexford) and in Montcalm County. If you are interested in having this training program in your county or region, or repeated in or near the above locations, please contact your MSU Extension land use educator.  Since programs are customized for participants’ county or region, please allow a couple months lead time to allow materials to be prepared.