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“The Art of the Public” Lansing, Michigan supports public art  In the concrete jungle of larger cities, where uniformity reigns, public art provides visual interest and pleasure as well as a much-needed dose of liveliness to uninspiring areas.”

East Lansing Technology Innovation Center is a business incubator that facilitates the development of the technology-based economy of the mid-Michigan region.

Gardens for Growth programs Will a community garden work for you? An exciting new program sponsored by the Michigan Land Bank will allow vacant lots across the state to be used as community gardens. This program will allow local residents to lease and then purchase these empty lots.

Growing Hope is an Ypsilanti-based non-profit organized to supply the community with the tools they need to grow their own food, especially in urban areas. Growing Hope’s Four Square Society has undertaken a community-based research program to supply 4 x 4 foot growing beds to low and no-income families in Ypsilanti.

Impact Silver Spring, Maryland In normal times, many new immigrants struggle for a foothold; in a recession, high numbers are jobless, face eviction and other hardships. But in Montgomery County, a coalition has come together to break the typical shell of fear and alienation. Read more about “Outreach to Immigrants:  A Suburb’s Exciting New Way.”

The Kalamazoo Promise is funded into perpetuity by anonymous private donors and provides each Kalamazoo Public Schools graduate with the opportunity to attend post-secondary education with up to a 100% tuition scholarship.  This is a national example of a community focused on becoming a world leader in education, and investing in youth to elevate their quality of life and transform their community and local economy through a new generation of learners.

Kalamazoo County Transit Authority was created in January 2006 as part of an agreement between Kalamazoo County and the City of Kalamazoo to consolidate public transportation services throughout the county.  Dale Hein and Bill Schomish presented information at the League's 2009 convention on how transit services in the Kalamazoo area were successfully combined to best serve the community.

Michigan State University’s Organic Farm “Michigan is well-positioned for leading the change to small organic farm production,” says Corie Pierce, instructor and farm manager at the MSU Student Organic Farm. He believes the Capital region could become the center of sustainable local food production efforts.

Reach Studio Art Center, located in REO town near the heart of Lansing, focuses on offering art activities to residents of surrounding mixed income neighborhoods and the greater Lansing area. Read more about how the center is contributing to a growing effort to Reach for Community.

San Antonio has integrated a small business development division within their economic development department.

Seattle takes an International Study Mission to Abu Dhabi and Dubai, United Arab Emirates The Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle and the Greater Seattle Chamber–have been mounting yearly International Study Missions of civic and business leaders for years. Read Trade Development Alliance President William Stafford’s account of the effort.

Southwest Solutions recently redeveloped the Whitdel Buidling in southwest Detroit. What makes the Whitdel stand out is its connection to the arts and community. Read more about “Solutions for Southwest Detroit”.

TechTown, Wayne State University Research and Technology Park TechTown stimulates job growth and small-business creation by developing companies in emerging high-technology industries including advanced engineering, life sciences and alternative energy. Read about why moved from East Lansing to Detroit.

Ventura has worked with the private sector to develop seed capital for small business startups.


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