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Shop Local on Small Business Saturday Nov. 29

Small Business Saturday is a special time to support all the local merchants in your city. For every $100 spent at these merchants, $68 returns to the community. Many such small businesses are featured in the League’s new book, “The Economics of Place: The Art of Building Great Communities.” Enjoy a drink at the Round Barn or St. Julian wineries in Baroda and Paw Paw, catch a movie at Traverse City’s State Theatre,  indulge in a mouth-watering corned beef on rye at Zingerman’s Delicatessen in Ann Arbor, and much more. Your support will make your whole community stronger. More.

League Marketing Efforts Honored with International Awards

The League has won four international MarCom Awards for its marketing and communication efforts. We received Gold Awards for The Review magazine's May/June 2014 "Resiliency" issue and The Prosperity Agenda radio show. "The Great Revenue Sharing Heist" article received Honorable Mention. There were more than 6,500 entires from the U.S., Canada and other countries. More.

Radio Show Focuses on Community Benefits of Crowdfunding

On this week's Prosperity Agenda, we discuss crowdfunding, which essentially takes the tools of Wall Street to the local level. League CEO Dan Gilmartin is joined by co-host, Marjory Raymer, director of news for MLive media group, and other guests. The show airs at 7 p.m. Nov. 26 on News/Talk 760 WJR, or listen here.

West Michigan Attracts Talent During Thanksgiving Holiday Season

Many Michigan college graduates leave the state, so HelloWestMichigan channels its efforts into retaining them and attracting new talent. This week's 3rd annual ReThink West Michigan Thanksgiving-eve event is designed to entice former West Michigan residents to return home. Read more.

Detroit Theater Company Creates Dramatic Crowdfunding Campaign

Detroit's community gardens will be the site of The Harrowing, a new theater piece by A Host of People. With help from MEDC's Public Spaces Community Places crowdfunding initiative, they hope to activate these gardens in a new way and bring them more support. Read more.

2014 PlacePlans Reflect the Needs of the Local Communities

The League worked with community leaders and residents in eight Michigan cities to design transformative placemaking projects. The result is creative PlacePlans for everything from activating downtown public plazas to improving streetscapes and transportation options. More.

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