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MSU Extension educator presents to Michigan House of Representatives Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee

Michigan State University Extension educator Andy Northrop presented before the Michigan House of Representatives Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee about the program Understanding Tourism for Michigan Communities at their standing committee meeting on Sept. 9. Andy is the current chair of the MSU Extension tourism group, which has been providing the program to rural communities around the state since last year. Rep. Bruce Rendon, Michigan House Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee chair, learned of the unique MSU Extension program and asked Andy to present an abbreviated version to the committee.

During the presentation, Andy focused on showing the representatives what the program is and how it is used as well as the results they have seen from the program this past year.

MSU Extension educator Andy Northrop presented before the Michigan House of Representatives Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee.

Michigan State University Extension educator Andy Northrop presented before the Michigan House of Representatives Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee about the program Understanding Tourism for Michigan Communities at their standing committee meeting on Sept. 9, 2015.
Photo credit: Patrick Cudney

Designed for people trying to develop tourist attractions in their local communities, the Understanding Tourism for Michigan Communities workshops show participants how tourism is changing and how they can use their assets to increase best practices in their communities. The typical audience attending a workshop ranges from Chamber of Commerce members to college staff to the public. In 2014, the MSU Extension tourism group hosted seven program workshops across Michigan, reaching over 150 participants.

The program aims to focus on niche markets, including promoting creating a niche market in the community through agricultural, nature-based and cultural tourism.

Andy said, “Putting up water parks and shopping malls doesn’t always work for every community.”

The program emphasizes regional and community collaboration, encouraging communities to work together to see how they can leverage their assets as a team.

I would like to commend Andy on an excellent job presenting to the committee. The presentation raised awareness for MSU Extension’s work in this area of tourism. Thanks to you and the team, and congratulations on your success and recognition for this program!

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Michigan Legislature honors MSU Extension

Thursday marked the 100th anniversary of President Woodrow Wilson’s signing of the Smith-Lever Act, which established the Cooperative Extension Service (and with it, the Michigan Cooperative Extension Service, now known as Michigan State University Extension). U.S. Sen. Hoke Smith of Georgia and U.S. Rep. A. F. Lever of South Carolina authored the Smith-Lever Act to expand the “vocational, agricultural and home demonstration programs in rural America” by bringing the research-based knowledge of the land-grant universities to people where they live and work.

Our Michigan Legislature is expected to adopt two resolutions that honor MSU Extension. Yesterday, May 8, the Michigan Senate adopted Senate Resolution 143. It recognizes the significance of the Smith-Lever Act to the establishment of Cooperative Extension nationwide and encourages people to observe and celebrate the centennial with a focus on launching an innovative and sustainable future for Cooperative Extension. Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker was the lead sponsor of the resolution in the Michigan Senate, and was joined by co-sponsors Darwin Booher, Jack Brandenburg, Michael Green, Goeffrey Hanson, Michael Kowall, John Pappageorge and John Proos.

Rep. Roger Victory is the lead sponsor on a similar resolution in the House of Representatives, and the House members are expected to vote on the resolution next week. I’m grateful for the support we receive from our Legislature as well as from Michigan residents.

We’ve spent 100 years delivering programs to help people improve their lives, and you as educators, specialists, support staff, volunteers – whatever your contribution ‒ have been a part of that history. We will continue to extend university-based research and knowledge to Michigan residents. You can be proud of our past, our present and the future that MSU Extension will create.

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Extension educates newly elected officials

A significant election on the federal, state and local levels produced a crop of newly elected officials. Michigan State University Extension educators and specialists historically have offered their expertise to these decision makers.

The Legislative Leadership Program took place Dec. 2-4 at the James B. Henry Center for Executive Development on the MSU campus. MSU Extension and the MSU Institute for Public Policy and Social Research led by Director Doug Roberts cosponsor the program that provides training for new members of the Michigan House of Representatives.

The structure of the program has changed a bit as there was less “talking to” the legislators and more group interaction.

Since 1994, we’ve been holding a training every two years for newly elected legislators. Michigan voters elected 30 new House members this year and 24 took part in the program.

It’s inspiring to meet these individuals who have dedicated their lives to public service. They come to the program with a tremendous amount of energy, having just completed nine or more months of door-to-door campaigning. They also demonstrate a refreshing interest in working together and across party divisions.

In addition, we have a history of presenting training for newly elected county commissioners going back to 1968. MSU Extension’s Government and Public Policy work group facilitates six 5-hour sessions around the state. Nearly 20 percent of the 626 county commissioners attend. We provide resources and training to help prepare them for their new roles.

I’m inspired by those who step forward to serve, and I’m proud of our Extension colleagues who educate and assist them.

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