Michigan’s future depends on our ability to change the dialogue about what drives economic growth.
At the League we are committed to the idea that placemaking isn’t a social mission, it’s an economic one. For many years now we have pushed the idea of place, and over the last few years we have seen the dialogue in Michigan change as a result of our efforts and other likeminded people and organizations.
During last year’s Convention, we began moving away from conversations about theory and policy, and began talking about how we get things done.
It was quite literally about building Michigan’s future through building a sense of place. We now see that placemaking is no longer just a concept. It is a fundamental part of the public dialogue about long-term sustainable growth and prosperity. That conversation continued at our 2012 Capital Conference last spring by illustrating how the
power of politics can help or hinder local placemaking efforts.
It is important that we don’t lose that momentum. This year, we will further expand on the real world application of place. Our focus at the 2012 Annual Convention will be about the “tools” that individuals, organizations and local governments need to bring placemaking home to their communities. Our
overarching theme this year is The tools of Placemaking.
This fall on Mackinac Island, we’re gathering together some world-class experts from the nonprofit, business and public sectors. They’re expertise will enable them to fill your placemaking toolbox with creative solutions for challenges of every scale, and communities of every size. This lineup is not one you’ll want to miss.