LPI hits the road

The Land Policy Institute hits the road this fall and will be presenting at a couple upcoming conferences.

The Land Policy Institute hits the road this fall and will be presenting at a couple upcoming conferences.

First, Mark Wyckoff, LPI’s senior associate director and director of the Planning & Zoning Center at MSU was invited to speak at the Council of Michigan Foundations 44th Annual Conference, which takes place Sept. 18-20, 2016, at the Ann Arbor Marriott in Ypsilanti. With a focus on “Think Boldly. Act Urgently.” This event will offer dynamic programming, thought-provoking speakers and a chance to network with peers at the largest statewide philanthropic conference in the nation. This year, the conference features more than 35 breakout sessions focusing on urgent issues and bold actions, along with a return of Big Thoughts, Quick Talks to enable engagement with experts in a casual setting.

On Monday, Sept. 19, Wyckoff will present the session on Uniting Rural and Economic Development from 2:30-3:30 p.m. This session will explore the issues created from separating economic development into rural and urban components. A separation of the two runs the risk of resulting in missed opportunities for greater impact from strategic leveraging and cooperation. Wyckoff will review the issues from a variety of public, private and nonprofit angles and provide perspectives from the governor’s regional prosperity initiative. Participants will gain a closer look at where the initiative stands, and what can be accomplished in Michigan. 

Then, Wyckoff and Holly Madill, LPI’s outreach specialist, were invited to speak at the Michigan Association of Planning’s Annual Conference, which takes place Oct. 26-28, 2016, at the Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites in Kalamazoo. This event will highlight best practices for making great places happen. Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with professionals and land use officials; hear from state and national experts; learn how to strengthen communities with the latest resources, tools and techniques; and experience exemplary planning approaches through hands-on mobile tours.

On Thursday, Oct. 27, Wyckoff will facilitate a highlighted session on 21st Century Solutions for 21st Century Challenges from 8:30-9:50 a.m. Governor Snyder’s 21st Century Infrastructure Commission was created on Mar. 10, 2016, and charged with identifying long-term strategies to help ensure Michigan infrastructure remains safe and efficient now and into the future. Though created in the shadow of the Flint water crisis, Michigan’s infrastructure challenges have been in the making for many decades. Community planners are key implementation leaders for a new paradigm for infrastructure planning and investment, and can help elected and appointed leaders form solutions that are based in thoughtful and efficient planning. The findings of the Infrastructure Commission will guide decisions for decades to come, and will be the focus of this session. Other speakers include: Eric Delong, deputy city manager for the City of Grand Rapids; Evan Pratt, PE, Washtenaw County Drain Commissioner; and Rich Bowman, director of government relations at The Nature Conservancy (Michigan chapter).

Later that same day, Wyckoff and Madill will co-present a session on Using the New Guidebook on Placemaking as an Economic Development Tool from 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Come to this hands-on session and learn how to put the Placemaking Guidebook to use preparing for and implementing a project in your community. Examples from both small and large communities will be highlighted.

To register and learn more, visit: Council of Michigan Foundations Conference and Planning Michigan Conference.

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