MIHELP Consortium

The Michigan Higher Education Land Policy (MIHELP) Consortium was created in 2005 by Dr. Soji Adelaja, the John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor in Land Policy and former LPI director, and William Rustem, former president of Public Sector Consultants, with generous support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The MIHELP was the first public-private, multi-university, inter-disciplinary partnership designed to address the fundamental research and outreach void in urban and metropolitan issues in Michigan. The consortium included Michigan State University, Wayne State University and Grand Valley State University. Inter-university partnerships at this scale are rare due to the difficulties inherent in this type of collaboration.



  • Reinventing Prosperous Places Seminar Series (10 seminars) – February-April 2010
  • MIHELP Symposium: Rescuing Low Performing Cities – Nov. 17, 2008


  • Sustaining Michigan: Metropolitan Policies and Strategies book – June 2009
  • Michigan’s Local Finance Structural Deficit: Analysis of Proposed Solutions white paper (Urban Policy Research Briefs No. 6) – 2008
  • Brownfields: Making Programs Work for Michigan Communities white paper (Urban Policy Research Briefs No. 5) – 2008
  • Global Positioning white paper (Urban Policy Research Briefs No. 4) – 2008
  • Why Cooperate and For What Results? An Analysis of Local Cooperative Efforts to Manage Regional Growth in Michigan white paper (Urban Policy Research Briefs No. 3) – 2008
  • Lifting Families Out of Poverty: Maximizing the Capacities of City Hall white paper (Urban Policy Research Briefs No. 2) – 2008
  • Building Opportunity in Low-Wealth Communities: State Policies to Fund School Capital Facilities white paper (Urban Policy Research Briefs No. 1) – 2008
  • State of Michigan Cities: An Index of Urban Prosperity report – Feb. 1, 2007