The E-Cities Project at U-M Dearborn is an annual research study that examines community level factors that influence entrepreneurship, economic development, and job growth.
The project, which is free and open to all local governments, provides benchmarking reports to participating communities as well as opportunities to receive valuable feedback from business leaders and entrepreneurs across the state. The project is in its seventh year.
Watch a short video about the project here. Also, see a list of previous results including communities that have previously participated.
For further information on how to participate, e-mail Nicole Mangis at email@example.com or calling 313-593-4209.
Arnold Weinfeld is Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached 517-908-0304 or by email
These days the big buzz in economic development is about entrepreneurs and how public and private sector officials can facilitate their growth.
Funny thing is that most of the discussion around entrepreneurs seems to focus on younger people and yet there is growing evidence that it is baby boomers who are leading the charge.
The report, based on a study from the Kaufmann Foundation, a non-profit group that promotes entrepreneurship, has found that over the past decade, it was persons in the 55 to 64 year old age group that had the largest increase in entrepreneurial activity.
More details of the study can be found here but one thing is clear - those looking to start a business are not limited by age.
Arnold Weinfeld is Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at 517-908-0304 or by e-mail.
One of several Old Town Lansing photos used in the On Common Ground article.
There’s a fantastic article about placemaking in Michigan in the summer, 2013 issue of On Common Ground magazine put out by the National Association of Realtors. The “A Case for Place” article highlights the work of the Michigan Association of Realtors in this effort and lays out many of the pro-placemaking arguments the Michigan Municipal League has been stating for years now.
In fact, the article uses many of the photos taken by the League, in particular several shots of the placemaking examples in Old Town Lansing. The article explains that it made perfect sense for the Realtors Association to get involved in placemaking because it begins at the community level and “after all, Realtors are the eyes and ears of communities.”
“Real estate is local,” stated Kathie Feklpausch, senior vice president of the Michigan Association of Realtors, in the article. “Realtors are in the neighborhood all the time and are aware of or directly involved with the groups doing these projects. They sell place.”
That makes sense to those of us at the League. The article goes on to explain that placemaking is essential for real estate and that the state of Michigan has recognized the importance of creating and maintaining great places. The article also discussed how the Michigan Association of Realtors has adopted the Lighter Quicker Cheaper concept promoted by the Project for Public Spaces organization.
Read the full article here.
Matt Bach is director of media relations for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at (734) 669-6317 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Thursday, July 11 the Great Lakes Commission with MML and several other groups as co-sponsors will be hosting a workshop in Muskegon to discuss place based strategies for waterfront areas.
This workshop will focus on placemaking opportunities in coastal communities and illustrate examples of how leaders are leveraging Michigan's bountiful water resources to advance economic growth and build a higher quality of life in their communities.
This is an introductory workshop to the principles of placemaking and is intended for those involved in economic development, tourism, waterfront development, watershed management and coastal restoration.
On-line registration is now open.
Arnold Weinfeld is Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at 517-908-0304 or by e-mail