On Oct. 5 and 6, 2016, the MSU Extension Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities Program hosted their annual conference in Port Huron.
October 5, 2016
On Oct. 5 and 6, 2016, the MSU Extension Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities Program hosted their annual conference in Port Huron. Like-minded community leaders gathered to learn about exciting concepts and resources, share best practices and fresh ideas, and empower growth of Michigan’s local communities. This event featured breakout sessions embedded in shops and venues throughout the downtown, which offered attendees a unique opportunity to learn about and experience an entrepreneurial community.
Holly Madill, outreach specialist for LPI, was invited to present a breakout session titled “Placemaking as an Economic Development Tool.” Madill focused her presentation on how in the New Economy where talent is mobile, placemaking strategies are economic development strategies. Through delivery of the updated MIplaceTM Placemaking Curriculum--full of photos and graphics--this session covered research, best practices and case studies on how to use placemaking as an economic development tool to attract and retain talent. Participants also engaged with others in exercises to develop placemaking projects that can benefit their communities and region.