Governor Rick Snyder is challenging all Michigan stakeholders--state agencies, local governments, community planners, businesses, neighborhood associations and others--to focus on Placemaking as a key strategy for both economic and community development.

To that end, the state has started a new initiative and website:: the MI-Place Partnership Initiative (www.miplace.org). In this session at the Michigan Municipal League's 2012 Convention taking place October 3-5 on Mackinac Island attendees will learn how to plug-in to MI-Place resources that can help your community grow new jobs.

Check out the full Convention agenda and more detailed list of topics to be discussed, including a discussion on some of the controversial ballot issues that may appear on the November ballot, new laws regarding cell towers, how to secure grant funding for your community, how governments can address illegal drugs in their communities, collaborative innovation by Jeff DeGraff, walkable urbanism from Chris Leinberger, how to build resilient communities by Chuck Marohn, thinking global for local issues by Clarence Anthony, using art and creativity to drive our state forward by Jennifer Goulet, local finance issues and strategies, and community design and sustainability. Be sure to register by the end of the business day TODAY, Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, to get the early bird discount.

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