What does thrive local mean?

It means having a safe community, a community that is thriving both economically and culturally, and a community that is being run efficiently and effectively.

The MSU Extension Center for Local Government Finance and Policy was created to help communities reach these goals. Launched in fall 2015, the Center works directly with communities to improve their fiscal health and help them thrive. The Center brings the experience and expertise of municipal finance professionals in both MSU Extension and MSU’s  Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics together to deliver the latest applied research, tools and best practices to Michigan communities.

The Center has already worked closely with cities throughout Michigan, including Lansing, Detroit and Flint. Read more about the Center and the services the Center will offer in the coming year.

Recent Policy Papers:
Service Solvency: An Analysis of the Ability of Michigan Cities to Provide Adequate Public Service (9/2017)
A Review of Michigan’s Local Financial Emergency Law (4/2017)
County Revenue Sharing Program: A proposal for a New Formula (5/2017)
County Revenue Options (11/2016)
Legacy Costs Facing Michigan Municipalities (1/2016)

Michigan County Economic Data:

Description of Michigan County Economic and Fiscal Indicators (Report) (PowerPoint)
The report and PowerPoint include economic, demographic, and fiscal data for Michigan’s 83 counties. The data is the lastest available as of June 2017, in most cases 2016 data.


For more information about the center, or how it can work with your community to improve its fiscal health, please contact Associate Director Mary Schulz at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or (517) 355-2160.  

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