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instructor&classSpace Still Available for January 2011 Montcalm County Classroom Program


There is still space available in the Montcalm County Michigan Citizen Planner Classroom program. Online registration is now closed. However, those interested in attending the program can contact Jessica McFarland at mcfarland@landpolicy.msu.edu or call 517.884.3957 to reserve a seat. The certificate-based course will begin on Saturday, January 29, 2011 and continue on Thursdays from February 3-March 3, 2011. The program will take place at the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (ISD) Building in Stanton.

The seven-week Michigan Citizen Planner course, "Fundamentals of Planning and Zoning," is intended for local appointed and elected officials, zoning administrators and interested citizens. Participants of the program will learn to help their communities manage the impacts of economic change and be part of the solutions to challenges their communities face. Participants will also learn:

job basics for community planning, zoning and economic prosperity;ethics and conflicts of interest;land use laws and court decisions;plan implementation and development controls;best practices and smart growth;how to conduct effective meetings, deliberations and resolve conflict; andrelevant tools and techniques to do the job well.

Cost to attend is $350 per person, which includes registration, course materials and refreshments. Group rates are available. Please contact Jessica McFarland to register (contact information above). Learn more at Classroom Series.

Scholarships may also be available from your community's liability insurance provider. For PAR-Plan members, contact Barb Callahan at 800.783.1370 for more information. Grants for education and training may be available through the Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority (MMRMA) Risk Avoidance Program. For MMRMA members, contact Cara Ceci at 800.234.1324.

To schedule a classroom-based training, if one isn't currently being offered in your community, contact Michigan Citizen Planner at cplanner@msu.edu or 517.432.7600.

 

networking_enews_031210Michigan Prosperity Initiative: Summary of 2010 Activities


Recently, Mark Wyckoff, Senior Associate Director of LPI and Director of the Planning & Zoning Center at MSU, published an article in the December 2010 edition of the Planning & Zoning News magazine on the accomplishments of the Michigan Prosperity Initiative in 2010. The article features an overview of the how the initiative was developed and detailed information on each of its three phases.

Phase One witnessed a marathon of 99 New Economy training programs hosted across the state in the spring where research gathered by LPI and the various MPI partner groups was presented to help move the state forward. Topics included New Economy 101: Fundamentals of the New Economy, New Economy 201: Place-Based Planning and New Economy 301: Strategies to Bridge the Gap. More than 3,000 people attended the programs.

Phase Two began with LPI providing three major reports to the 14 Michigan Regional Planning Commissions to assist them with their regional economic development planning efforts. Then, staff at LPI helped them develop strategies they could use to embellish the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies that most commissions prepare or update annually. These strategies were prepared in the context of regional strategic growth plans, which are strategic, regionally-focused plans with place-based strategies to guide future public and private investment decisions.

Phase Three brought together the priority strategies that arose out of the 14 regional strategic growth plans from Phase Two, along with ideas from a number of other sources to create a set of 71 draft state strategies organized around 14 strategy categories. These strategies were then vetted at a special event on October 7, 2010, at the Lansing Center. Details from the draft strategies can be found online.

Finally, a companion write-up and appendices present a summary of the 14 strategy categories within which it is critical for Michigan to make progress over the next few years in order to reestablish prosperity.

To review the complete article, visit MPI Summary of 2010 Activities.
Michigan Citizen Planner is an MSU Extension program within the Land Policy Institute.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

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Montcalm Cty Classroom Series - Session 1
Saturday, January 29, 2010
Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (ISD) Building, Stanton, MI

 
Central UP Classroom Series - Session 4
Monday, January 31, 2010
Joseph Heirman University Center, Bay de Noc Community College, Escanaba, MI

 
Montcalm Cty Classroom Series - Session 2
Thursday, February 3, 2010
Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (ISD) Building, Stanton, MI

 
Central UP Classroom Series - Session 5
Monday, February 7, 2010
Joseph Heirman University Center, Bay de Noc Community College, Escanaba, MI

 
Montcalm Cty Classroom Series - Session 3
Thursday, February 10, 2010
Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (ISD) Building, Stanton, MI

 
Central UP Classroom Series - Session 6
Monday, February 14, 2010
Joseph Heirman University Center, Bay de Noc Community College, Escanaba, MI

 
Montcalm Cty Classroom Series - Session 4
Thursday, February 17, 2010
Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (ISD) Building, Stanton, MI

 
Central UP Classroom Series - Session 7
Monday, February 21, 2010
Joseph Heirman University Center, Bay de Noc Community College, Escanaba, MI

 
Montcalm Cty Classroom Series - Session 5
Thursday, February 24, 2010
Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (ISD) Building, Stanton, MI

 
Montcalm Cty Classroom Series - Session 6
Thursday, March 3, 2010
Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (ISD) Building, Stanton, MI

 
Montcalm Cty Classroom Series - Session 7
Thursday, March 10, 2010
Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (ISD) Building, Stanton, MI