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‘Placemaking’ Guide Aims to Drive Economic Development

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The Land Policy Institute (LPI) at Michigan State University (MSU), in collaboration with the MIplace™ Partnership Initiative, have released a guidebook titled “Placemaking as an Economic Development Tool.”

The guide includes a summary of the research that supports placemaking, and identifies the related elements (good form, public engagement, planning processes and the regulatory tools) to achieve it. The guidebook also probes each of the four types of placemaking that can be used to create new and vibrant quality environments, which are critical to talent attraction and retention.

With an emphasis on economic aspects of placemaking, the guide was designed for states, regions and localities that are attempting to reshape their communities to again be competitive in the global New Economy. Appropriate for municipalities of all shapes and sizes, including those facing different sets of challenges, the guidebook includes case examples of placemaking in action, and highlights various organizations, tools and resources that can be employed, engaged and adapted to meet a community’s unique situations.

In 2012, LPI, along with MSU Extension Educators, developed the Michigan Placemaking Curriculum, as part of the MIplace™ Partnership Initiative, with funding from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA). Since 2013, about 15,000 people have attended trainings on some parts of the curriculum. The guidebook was developed based off this curriculum.

To order a free digital copy today, visit: http://landpolicy.msu.edu/resources/pmedtguidebook.

– excerpted from College of Agriculture and Natural Resources; Heidi Macwan, charron@landpolicy.msu.edu, (517) 353-4454

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