The Economics of Place: The Value of Building Communities Around People is a timely and important read as we focus on what it will take to restore Michigan to a prosperous state once again.  We continue to lose our college graduates at an alarming rate because we don’t offer the kinds of places where they want to live.  Almost half of them leave the state and two-thirds of those who do leave, choose where to live first and then find a job.

It’s time to say enough and focus on what really matters: creating dynamic, walkable, sustainable communities and regions where people want to live.  It’s time to start talking about the importance of “place” as the economic development strategy that will create a positive, dynamic future for Michigan.

You will hear from urbanists, researcher, practitioners and entrepreneurs as they share their stories, research and own unique perspectives on the importance of “place” and its vital role as an economic growth strategy.  You will not only read about specific Michigan challenges and its potential, but you will also hear about lessons learned in other places around the country as well.

Some of the highlights include:

  • The importance of our young people and what it will take to keep them here
  • How the changing demographics are driving a different path to economic viability
  • What economics of place means in the New economy vs. the Old Economy
  • To design around people changes the way we look at a community
  • Citizen engagement is a key component in building sustainable, vibrant communities
  • How “social entrepreneurs” are driving change in Detroit
  • Economic gardening is looking at job creation in a different way
  • Placemaking management requires a different level of governance
  • How cultivating the cultural assets of a community spurs economic growth
  • How federal policy has impacted Michigan

The book features a foreword by Peter Kageyama, an introduction by Daniel Gilmartin and articles by Dr. Soji Adelaja and Mark Wycoff, Dr. William Anderson, Dan Burden, Carol Coletta, Phil Cooley, Rob Fowler and Mark Clevey, Christopher Leinberger, John Norquist, and Dr. Joe VanderMeulen.