I am extremely proud of the work that my colleagues at the Michigan Municipal League are doing to create vibrant, thriving communities. Called the Center for 21st Century Communities, or 21c3, the program is designed to cover several key areas of need including education, public policy development, and state and federal advocacy.
The 21c3 program is aimed at providing forward-thinking local elected and appointed officials with important information about what it takes to build strong places in 2011 , whether you live in Michigan or not. You can get more details on the program at 21c3.
A little about the project…
21c3 Mission Statement
Local officials play a primary role in setting forth policies that can help to achieve community sustainability and improve quality of life as they relate to creating places that are attractive to live, work, learn and play. Capacity building of local officials and community leaders in this effort is of keen interest to the Michigan Municipal League and its members. The League’s Center for 21st Century Communities will assist local officials in identifying, developing, and implementing programs and strategies that will enhance the state’s communities as vibrant places for the 21st century.
Michigan’s Eight Assets
Through our Public Policy forums, research, and education, the League identified the eight assets that Michigan’s communities need to grow and strengthen, for our state to sustain and prosper in coming years. A grant from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) allowed the League to feature expert speakers with cutting-edge, creative solutions and to develop detailed public policy platforms for creating better communities. Our research shows emphatically that Physical Design & Walkability, Green Initiatives, Cultural Economic Development, Entrepreneurship, Multiculturalism, Messaging & Technology, Transit, and Education are essential to a community’s livelihood.