As our CEO Dan Gilmartin, myself and others at the League travel across the state and talk to local officials about the research showing where we've been and where we need to go as local communities and a state to create economic growth, we talk about the eight assets we've found common in thriving communities across the country and the world. Now here comes Andres Duany, one of the foremost architects and thinkers about "place" with his "10 ways to help cities grow smarter". And I'll be if the don't sound similar to the eight assets we promote through our "Center for 21st Century Communities". So when you hear us talk about these things, we hope you'll engage us and your community in the conversation...cause we're not making this stuff up! Arnold Weinfeld is Director of Strategic Initiatives and Federal Affairs for the Michigan Municipal League. You can contact him at 517-908-0304 or by e-mail.