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First project in Public Spaces initiative scores a fundraising win

Before the clock ticked down to the end of its crowdfunding campaign, Midtown Detroit's Green Alley Project had not only reached but exceeded its fundraising goal of $50,000. Green Alley is the first participant in Public Spaces Community Places, a matching grant crowdfunding initiative created by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation in conjunction with the League and Patronicity. Midtown is now eligible for an additional $50,000 from MEDC to assist them in creating a lively, inviting space in the community. The application process for new projects is ongoing, so get your community on board. Read more.

Big Ideas: How Do You Fix a City in the 21st Century?

Cities all over the world face big challenges with urban issues that need equally big solutions. How do you kick-start the change process? Usually with a combination of a powerful grassroots movement, strong leadership, a bold vision and willingness to take a risk - the same process promoted in the League's placemaking initiative. designed to create vibrant 21st century communities throughout the state. Read more.

SEED Economic Gardening Program Develops more than Photos

Imlay City's award-winning Small Business Entrepreneurs and Economic Development Group - or SEED - will be highlighted in an Aug. 21 League webinar. Studio E Photography, pictured here, has benefited from SEED's efforts. Learn the secrets to the city's success. Register now

Convention Workshop Fills You up with Crowdfunding Know-How

Join the Crowdfunding mobile workshop, sample unique beer blends, hear about Tecumseh Brewing Co.'s, successful crowdfunding campaign, and learn how the state's new crowdfunding law can be used as a powerful economic development tool in your own community. Get the details and register now.

Strategies to Design and Invest in Michigan's Small Towns

Eight Michigan communities are participating in the League's PlacePlans program this year, gaining valuable technical assistance to create unique, vibrant livable downtown areas through a strategic planning process. Marquette is already heading toward the finish line for their new Baraga Avenue design. Read more. .

If Proposal 1 Fails, Your Community Could Lose Revenue

On Aug. 5, voters will decide the fate of Proposal 1, which eliminates the personal property tax (PPT) on businesses without raising taxes on residents. A new community impact calculator by Strong and Safe Communities shows the potential losses communities could sustain if the proposal fails. Read more.

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