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Developing Macomb's Blue Economy
Thursday, February 07, 2013
Water, water everywhere... Did you know that Macomb County has one of the highest concentrations of marinas and registered boaters in the U.S.? Changing attitudes about our natural resources have inspired local leaders to launch a comprehensive "Blue Economy" Initiative, aimed at nurturing, developing and capitalizing on Macomb's liquid assets.
Different Downtowns, Similar Successes
Thursday, January 10, 2013
On the surface, Plymouth and Howell look very similar. Similar size, similar look, similar downtowns. And the two communities are successfully growing. But how they approach that growth and development differs.
Natalie Burg takes a look at how and why each works in its own way.
A Local Response to Climate Change
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Talking about climate change and doing something about it are two very different things. But for Southgate, Ypsilanti, and Hazel Park, community organizations and city leaders are turning such discussions into a joint committment to shrink their carbon footprint.
The Governor's Strategy Man Talks Transit
Thursday, May 24, 2012
William Rustem says everybody who believes in a better future for Michigan agrees that we’ve got to both take care of our roads and bridges as well as address public transit. Tom Clynes gets the details.
Complete Streets: Designing Roadways For The Benefit Of All
Thursday, April 05, 2012
Recently, the Michigan Environmental Council conducted a study that showed that state residents are interested in seeing more sidewalks and bike lanes--not just more roads. Amen to that, we say. From business to safety to retaining young talent, the case for complete streets is a strong one.
Thursday, December 02, 2010
Metro Detroit recently landed a $2.85 million Sustainable Communities grant to help the region become more dense and develop its transit options. Brad Garmon, land programs director at the Michigan Environmental Council, offers a free-thinking approach to connecting the historically disparate forces of housing, land use, and eco-consciousness.
Thursday, October 07, 2010
To be competitive, governments must reach out to their communities – and, even, past international borders. Maureen Krauss, director for the Department of Economic Development and Community Affairs for Oakland County, discusses the role of events and the county's overseas trade missions in business development.
Chris Ando, Jennifer Guracech, & Christian Bielski
Thursday, July 15, 2010
In a sign that the Great Lakes State is riding the wave of its young talent, a group of interns came to exchange ideas with state powerbrokers at the recent Mackinac Policy Conference. Jennifer Guracech, Chris Ando, and Christian Bielski offer up their takeaways from this gathering of Michigan's intelligentsia.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
The case of City Government v. Business Interests is now closed. For the region to flourish again, attorney and Royal Oak City Commissioner Jim Rasor knows that both parties need to be on the same side. This week he offers up his 2020 vision for the region.
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