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The Michigan Municipal League is the one clear voice for Michigan communities, working in Lansing and throughout the state for the unique and vibrant places where people want to live. From state policy to cutting edge local initiatives, we’ll discuss issues that impact us all, and identify key strategies to promote highly adaptable, economically competitive communities that are ready to face the challenges of the 21st century and beyond.

National Placemaking Expert Carol Coletta Gives Her Perspective on Current and Future Initiatives

What are the current trends in placemaking? How is the foundation world viewing placemaking projects, and what level of engagement can we expect from them going forward? Carol Coletta, Vice President of Community and National initiatives at the Knight Foundation, talk to us about these issues and much more, including the arts in placemaking, and how business owners benefit from strategic cultural investments.

 

Better Communities. Better Michigan. The PodcastWelcome to Better Communities Better Michigan – the Podcast! 
The Michigan Municipal League is the one clear voice for Michigan communities, working in Lansing and throughout the state for the unique and vibrant places where people want to live. From state policy to cutting edge local initiatives, we’ll discuss issues that impact us all, and identify key strategies to promote highly adaptable, economically competitive communities that are ready to face the challenges of the 21st century and beyond.

What Are the Prospects for Action on Federal Policy Changes?

The environment in Washington DC has not been collaborative in recent years, to say the least. With some very critical issues which impact local communities on the table for action, we discuss what can be expected of Congress in the coming months. We speak with National League of Cities experts Carolyn Coleman, Center Director for Federal Advocacy and Leslie Wollack, Program Director for Federal Advocacy on Infrastructure and Sustainability, about what local leaders should expect and can do about federal policy action.

Better Communities. Better Michigan. The PodcastWelcome to Better Communities Better Michigan – the Podcast! 
The Michigan Municipal League is the one clear voice for Michigan communities, working in Lansing and throughout the state for the unique and vibrant places where people want to live. From state policy to cutting edge local initiatives, we’ll discuss issues that impact us all, and identify key strategies to promote highly adaptable, economically competitive communities that are ready to face the challenges of the 21st century and beyond.

Exploring Placemaking Efforts on Location! Niles’ Path to Prosperity:

Communities around Michigan have been engaging in a variety of creative placemaking efforts. We went to Niles to talk to their community development experts about their efforts to transform many components of their downtown for nearly fifteen years in the making. After much success, they illustrate the tangible benefits of undertaking projects, both large and small, to improve the quality of place in their city.

Juan Ganum, Community Development Director, Lisa Croteau Main Street Manager, and Joe Sobieralski, Executive Director of Southwestern Michigan Economic Growth Alliance talk about how the transformation has changed their city and what other community leaders can take away from their experiences. They certainly have no plans to slow down, as they also talk about their next steps in the revitalization process including downtown housing and a new destination focal point for the city in the works.

Better Communities. Better Michigan. The Podcast!Welcome to Better Communities Better Michigan – the Podcast! 
The Michigan Municipal League is the one clear voice for Michigan communities, working in Lansing and throughout the state for the unique and vibrant places where people want to live. From state policy to cutting edge local initiatives, we’ll discuss issues that impact us all, and identify key strategies to promote highly adaptable, economically competitive communities that are ready to face the challenges of the 21st century and beyond.

Detroit’s Bankruptcy: Iceberg or Anomaly?

The largest municipal bankruptcy case in US history is everywhere in the news these days. But what is the real impact of Detroit’s bankruptcy filing, both for Detroiters and for other communities? Is it the tip of the iceberg and a dire warning of things to come…or a powerful lesson for both state and local officials on why – and how –to avoid this costly and complex solution to fiscal crisis? Just as important: what  fallout has already been felt by Detroiters and other Michigan municipalities?

The League’s Summer Minnick talks with those who can provide a few of the answers: public policy expert Frank Shafroth of George Mason University, Detroit City Council President Saunteel Jenkins, Battle Creek Mayor Susan Baldwin and Detroit entrepreneur Austin Black II.