Critical Conversations in Michigan Tourism Webinars-Seasonal Workforce Housing

October 26, 2023 6:30PM - 8:00PM

Registration Deadline: October 25, 2023 - 12:00PM


Contact: Tyler Augst, or 269-657-8213.

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Michigan communities are facing challenges in meeting their housing needs and goals as shown by Michigan’s Statewide Housing Plan. For many communities, solving the housing puzzle includes balancing the interests of a wide variety of stakeholders.  

To help communities prepare for having their own housing conversations, MSU Extension is offering two 90-minute webinars focused on two aspects of the housing puzzle for communities: Short-term rentals (STRs) and seasonal workforce housing. Details for each of these webinars are below. 


Seasonal Workforce Housing: Oct. 26, 2023, 6:30 p.m. ET

As home prices have increased over the last several years, many communities have become concerned with their ability to meet the housing needs of a particular employment sector or of a specific employer. These pressures may be greater in communities where a seasonal workforce - like the tourism and service industries - often use and compete with other stakeholders for expensive and often limited housing stock. 

This 90-miniute webinar will define and summarize workforce housing and related trends nationally and in Michigan, review zoning and other policy tools that communities can use to meet their workforce housing goals and provide examples on how several Michigan communities are meeting their seasonal and year-round workforce housing needs. 

Short-Term Rentals (STRs) Nov. 9, 2023, 6:30 p.m. ET

For many communities, solving the housing puzzle includes addressing short-term rentals (STRs). Yet, STRs can fill a local or regional gap in tourist housing and offer an alternative type of lodging that is in demand to leisure and business travelers alike. According to the STR data and analytics provider AirDNA, the supply of STRs in the US saw large increases in 2022 and more modest increases in 2023. These increases in the number of dwellings being used for STRs have caused some Michigan communities to review their plans and policies to ensure they reflect the community’s vision and needs. 

This 90-minute webinar will begin by exploring trends and research related to STRs as well as where local communities can find data to examine their own local situation. This will be followed by an overview of policy approaches, regulatory tools, enforcement, and key STR court cases. The program will highlight several Michigan examples of community regulatory approaches to STRs. 


The cost for each webinar is $30 ($20 for Master Citizen Planners) 

After both webinars participants will be emailed a recording of the webinar(s) they have registered for and a copy of the presentation. 

Registration for this event has closed.

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