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November 26, 2014 | Glenn Pape | The front porch was an anchor of social activity within the neighborhood and created social capital. Garages have replaced them as the primary design element of houses.
November 26, 2014 | Tracie Abram | Give time and hope to someone living in poverty instead of monetary donations.
November 26, 2014 | Yvonne (Bonnie) Wichtner-Zoia | Get to the core of a problem by asking ‘why’ no fewer than five times.
November 24, 2014 | Kurt H. Schindler | What are the ten top trends for businesses today that local government should be aware of, and how that should be shaping local policy and strategic actions.
November 24, 2014 | Kurt H. Schindler | Developers look for certain attributes in a municipality where they may do business. Municipalities should understand what that is, and work to have those attributes already in place.
November 21, 2014 | Mike Schira | Using Firewise safe materials in home construction projects can help home owners avoid a loss in the event of a wildfire in their immediate area.
November 21, 2014 | Julia Darnton | The new Farm Bill incentive program is allowing consumers to support their local farmers.
November 20, 2014 | John Amrhein | County commissioners from 16 northern Michigan counties visited and learned about two cooperative projects to repair and improve local natural resource infrastructure problems.
November 19, 2014 | Andy Hayes | Legislation passed earlier this year qualifies more communities to take advantage of the Redevelopment Liquor License.
November 19, 2014 | Andy Hayes | What do kayaking, way-finding signs and sidewalks have in common? They were all recently funded placemaking projects.
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Date: Dec 1, 2014 - Dec 16, 2014
Date: Dec 1, 2014 - Dec 8, 2014
Location: Lapeer County MSU Extension Office, 1800 Imlay City Rd., Lapeer, MI 48446
Date: Dec 2, 2014
Location: Huron County MSU Extension Office, 1142 S. Van Dyke Rd., Bad Axe, MI 48413
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- 4-H Junior Citizen Planner
- 4-H Military Family Programs
- Affordable Care Act Roadmap
- Conflict Smoothies
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- Heritage Tourism
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- Michigan Citizen Planner
- Michigan FoodCorps
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- Michigan Local Government Benchmarking Consortium
- Michigan MarketMaker
- RELAX: Alternatives to Anger
- Understanding Community Food Systems in Michigan
- Wildfire & Firewise
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