Economic Development

Ground breaking ceremonyMichigan State University Extension is an educational leader in providing support to communities in green and sustainable economic development. Through programs like Stronger Economies Together, MSU Extension facilitates the development of an economic development plan in two regions in the state. Extension educators help counties work together in developing strong economic blueprints that strengthen relationships, build trust and capacity and strengthen “social capital.”

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  • Rural Smart Growth to reinforce regional placemaking: Part 2

    August 27, 2014 | Brad Neumann | Regions are the smallest geographic unit of sustainable growth and development. Rural Smart Growth strategies combined with urban Placemaking efforts contribute to a region’s quality of life and sense of place.

  • Rural Smart Growth to reinforce regional placemaking: Part 1

    August 27, 2014 | Brad Neumann | Regions are the smallest geographic unit of sustainable growth and development. Rural Smart Growth strategies combined with urban Placemaking efforts contribute to a region’s quality of life and sense of place.

  • Cool schools 2014: Why does it matter?

    August 19, 2014 | Andy Northrop | Where does your school of choice rank on sustainability and why is this important?

  • Cool schools 2014: What are the most sustainable schools?

    August 19, 2014 | Andy Northrop | Where does your school of choice rank on sustainability and why is this important?

  • Communities should not be discouraged from challenging financial times

    August 14, 2014 | Richard Wooten | Communities should continue to effectively plan despite financial hardships. Master Planning is a long-term process, even during difficult times.

  • Crowdfunding placemaking

    August 13, 2014 | Brad Neumann | For years, crowdfunding has been a popular way to raise money to develop the latest gadgets. Now, Michigan communities can utilize crowdfunding to launch placemaking projects for economic development.

  • Suburbs drive high cost of transportation

    August 11, 2014 | Glenn Pape | Development patterns are causing more driving and higher transportation costs which can hamper local spending.

  • An argument for alleys

    August 5, 2014 | Glenn Pape | Alleys can lead to a better integration of automobile and foot traffic in a neighborhood which creates improved access and walkability.

  • Growing young entrepreneurs….plant the seed!

    August 1, 2014 | Kathy Jamieson | Learn and share best practices to empower our youth to become “entrepreneurial” at the upcoming Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities Conference.

  • Entrepreneurs: The backbone of the economy

    July 29, 2014 | Andy Hayes | MSU Extension statewide Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities Conference focuses on helping communities learn tools and resources to help entrepreneurs thrive in your town.

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