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SPDC hosts Built Environment Showcase

The Michigan State University School of Planning, Design and Construction (SPDC) will host the Built Environment Showcase – Today and Tomorrow (BESTT) Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Huntington Club in the Spartan Stadium.

The event will bring together the industries and professions that create the Built Environment to showcase the impact of the Built Environment sector on Michigan and the U.S. economies, create opportunity for interaction between Built Environment creators and explore new public/private partnerships.

The Built Environment provides the setting for human activity, including buildings, parks, green space, neighborhoods, cities and supporting infrastructure, created through planning, design, construction, real estate, redevelopment, maintenance and energy.

MSU’s role as the “Pioneer Land Grant-University” positions us to facilitate conversations between the different aspects of this industry and to help act as a catalyst in the creation of new public/private partnerships that have the potential to increase economic growth and development statewide.

The event includes an exhibitor showcase of various Michigan-based Built Environment companies, firms and organizations and features key leaders from the Built Environment sectors, state government and state agencies, and academia. Among the speakers are director of the State of the State Survey and MSU professor of economics Charles Ballard; MSU professor, director of the SPDC and interim director of the MSU Land Policy Institute Scott Witter; and senior associate director of the MSU Land Policy Institute and director of the MSU Planning and Zoning Center Mark Wyckoff. View the list of speakers here.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required by Oct. 17. Register here.

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Michigan Citizen Planner presents alumni award at annual event

Michigan Citizen Planner is a Michigan State University Extension program within the MSU Land Policy Institute. It offers land-use education and training to locally appointed and elected planning officials and interested citizens throughout Michigan.

 Each year, Michigan Citizen Planner hosts the Advanced Academy, a training event designed for local planning and zoning officials.

 The Distinguished Citizen Planner Award, presented annually, recognizes outstanding achievements of alumni of the Michigan Citizen Planner. At this year’s Advanced Academy on June 16, Robert (Bob) Carstens, Grand Traverse County’s Acme Township planning commissioner, received this year’s award for his exemplary volunteer effort toward community engagement in the Grand Traverse Region. He was also a key leader in developing and promoting the “The Grand Vision,” an award-winning, six-county regional planning initiative. As part of the award, provided by the MSU Land Policy Institute, Acme Township will receive a $500 training scholarship for their planning officials to attend professional development training offered by Michigan Citizen Planner.

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MSU LPI receives award

The Howell Area Chamber of Commerce presented the Community Vision Award to the Michigan State University Land Policy Institute for its facilitation of the ongoing Livingston County Strategic Growth Plan in partnership with the Howell, Hartland and Brighton chambers. Glenn Pape, MSU Extension educator and project coordinator, accepted the award presented Jan. 26 at the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner at Crystal Gardens in Howell.

 According to Soji Adelaja, director of the Land Policy Institute, “The research-based great work of Glenn Pape was at play here. Congratulations to MSUE.”

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Using social media to guide community conversations

by Dave Ivan, Greening Michigan Institute

During Fall Extension Conference, we shared with you an exciting initiative involving Michigan State University Extension, the Land Policy Institute (LPI), the College of Communication Arts & Sciences and the state Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth, using social media to enhance conversations on regionalism, community placemaking and economic vitality. Our robust social media site, entitled greatplacenetwork.org, allows participants to discuss how we can make Michigan communities great while learning from other great places from across the country. With MSUE serving as the coordinator of the initiative, I encourage staff to create a profile on the site and actively contribute to the discussions. Additionally, share the site with stakeholders and others you interface with in your programming efforts. Social media can be powerful when a variety of participants are engaged. Let’s contribute to making greatplacenetwork.org a success.

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