Michigan 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.”
July 22, 2014 | Brad Neumann | With rainfall intensification predicted in the Midwest, a new checklist guides communities in developing policies and standards to improve flood resilience.
July 21, 2014 | Andy Northrop | Hops production gaining traction in the Thumb counties for Michigan craft beers, tourism, and potentially food too!
July 21, 2014 | Kurt H. Schindler | There is no state oversight of planning and zoning. There is no statewide library of all master plans and zoning ordinances. Thus, trying to find out who has zoning, and what it covers, and what type of regulations exist is very difficult.
July 18, 2014 | Andy Northrop | Voluntourism can be general described as a combination of service, adventure, professional development and networking typically matched with your passion.
July 18, 2014 | Mark Thomas | Being an attractive community is the first step in attracting new business. It is important to enhance and promote your attributes.
July 18, 2014 | Ashley McFarland | A recently-awarded grant from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development seeks to determine the agronomic potential in the U.P.
July 18, 2014 | Brad Neumann | Recent changes to the Site Selection GAAMP do not likely affect existing livestock facilities in primarily residential areas. Considered nonconforming land uses, such livestock facilities are probably allowed to continue under zoning.
July 18, 2014 | Andy Hayes | Communities have several opportunities to provide support resources for entrepreneurs to grow their local economy.
July 16, 2014 | Andy Hayes | Northern Lakes Economic Alliance shares a model program for regularly visiting those companies in your region that keep the economy strong.
June 30, 2014 | Randy Bell | Persons with barriers to employment are learning employment skills in an agricultural environment that teaches them some of the most modern agricultural practices.
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Date: Aug 4, 2014 - Aug 11, 2014
Location: Kent County MSU Extension, 775 Ball Avenue, NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Date: Aug 11, 2014
Location: Lloyd Stage Nature Center, 6685 Coolidge, Troy, MI 48098
Date: Aug 15, 2014
Location: MSU Horticultural Research Center (6686 South Center Highway, Traverse City, MI 49684)
- 4-H Capacity Building for Youth Development Programs
- Clean Marinas
- Cooperative Development Program
- Greenways and Water Trails
- Habitat Restoration
- Heritage Tourism
- Land Use Education Services
- Michigan Citizen Planner
- Michigan Local Government Benchmarking Consortium
- Michigan MarketMaker
- Michigan Prosperity Initiative
- Waterfront Smart Growth