Chelsea council makes plans for economic development training

The Chelsea City Council will learn the meaning and importance of place-making as it advances its agenda on economic development.

BY: Jim Pruitt

FROM: Chelsea Standard

The Chelsea City Council will learn the meaning and importance of place-making as it advances its agenda on economic development.

Representatives of a partner group including the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, the Michigan State University Land Policy Institute and the Michigan Municipal League will come to Chelsea to give council a presentation on the meaning and importance of place-making. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m., March 30 at Council chambers.

Council member Jane Pacheco and City Manager John Hanifan have been working together to schedule training on economic development issues. The goal is to bring other community-related organizations to the meeting to build a unified effort on growth.

A follow-up training session is set for 1:30-8:30 p.m. April 23 in Adrian. That meeting might be sparsely attended by local representatives as Thursday is part of the work week.

There was discussion about having the training in Chelsea to boost attendance and make the setting more intimate for local parties. The class will have three hours for training, a 1-hour break and then three hours for the community group to work on a draft plan, Pacheco said.

Council appeared to support the training, but preferred a local spot and a better time.

Council member Rod Anderson said the training will need the input of taxpayers to make it real.

In a related note, consultant Robert Gibbs has begun his field work for his study on the economic needs of the community. The city is paying for the study along with a grant from the county. Gibbs plans to give a general presentation on retail trends at 6 p.m. April 13 at council chambers.

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