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Radio Show Highlights Placemaking Stories in New League Book

On this week's Prosperity Agenda radio show, we feature placemaking successes from around the state, including stories on agritourism from the League's new book, "The Economics of Place: The Art of Building Great Communities," available here. League CEO Dan Gilmartin is joined by co-host Chastity Pratt Dawsey, writer for Bridge Magazine, Elizabeth Philips Foley, co-author of the League's new book, and several other guests with expertise in the placemaking arena. Prosperity Agenda airs at 7 p.m., Oct. 22, on News/Talk 760 WJR, or listen here.

League Wraps Up Successful, Exciting Convention in Marquette

Hundreds of Michigan municipal officials filled Marquette last week for an opportunity to explore this U.P. community on mobile workshops and boost their knowledge on important civic issues with presentations from local experts and keynoters Jamie Bennett of ArtPlace America and Catherine Bracy of Code for America. And we applauded Harbor Beach, winner of the 2014 CEA cup! Read more.

Adrian Launches Crowdfunding Campaign for new Trailhead Park

The Kiwanis Trail is a great asset to the Adrian comunity.Their aim is to create an inviting park to connect the trail with their historic downtown. The city, Adrian Kiwanis Club and Kiwanis Foundation have already raised $105,000. This campaign, through MEDC's Public Spaces Community Places initiative, can get them over the top. Read more.

Grand Rapids' Avenue for the Arts Kicks Off Crowdfunding Campaign

Avenue for the Arts is a catalyst for economic growth. It connects residents, artists, and businesses with opportunities for creative activity. Their campaign goal, through MEDC's Public Spaces Community Places initiative, is to create a new Heartside headquarters. Read more.

League Insurance Boards Announce 2015 Member Dividends

Many Michigan communities are expected to share nearly $11 million in dividends. For members who renew coverage in 2015, the League Liability & Property Pool board voted to return $2.55 million, and MML Workers' Compensation Fund voted to return $8.4 million. Read more

Jackson's Anchor Initiative Aims to Revitalize Downtown, Attract Talent

Jackson's largest anchor institutions have teamed up to launch the Anchor Initiative, a three-pronged approach designed to transform downtown and attract millennial talent. One aspect of the program is modeled after Detroit's Live Midtown live-where-you-work rent incentive. Read more

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