We at the Michigan Municipal League are excited about the opportunities to partner with the state of Michigan, Michigan State University, business leaders and civic groups on the ‘MiPlace’ Initiative.
The initiative is a one-of-kind partnership to jump start communities and economics in our state through quality placemaking initiatives. From the website:
“We are a statewide initiative with the purpose of keeping Michigan at the forefront of a national movement known as placemaking. It’s a simple concept that people choose to live in places that offer the amenities, resources, social and professional networks, and opportunities to support thriving lifestyles.
We have embraced this idea and understand that vibrant, successful regions promote economic activity and will help build a better Michigan. Our job is to help communities re-examine the importance of everyday settings and experiences that shape our lives – the downtowns, parks, plazas, main streets, neighborhoods and markets that influence where we live and how we interact. Placemaking enhances our ability to transform towns, cities and regions.”
In 2013 the League and its partners conducted research, provided training, consulted on projects and chronicled dozens of placemaking success stories in the state.
The next phase of the program should prove to be even more dynamic. We’re currently identifying some amazing new projects and strategies in communities throughout Michigan and look forward to continuing to reshape and reignite our state through these efforts.
More to come…