LPI's Graebert shared placemaking research at 2012 Michigan Leadership Collaborative Conference

The Michigan Department of Civil Rights hosted the 2012 Michigan Leadership Collaborative Conference on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, in East Lansing.

Mary Beth Graebert, associate director of programs and operations, MSU Land Policy Institute

The Michigan Department of Civil Rights hosted the 2012 Michigan Leadership Collaborative Conference on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, in East Lansing. This event focused on "A Place Called Home: Understanding the Impact of Fair Housing."

Mary Beth Graebert, MSU Land Policy Institute's associate director of programs and operations, co-presented in the session on “Building Prosperous Places” with Julie Powers from the Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council. This session focused on ways to engage all populations in building, rebuilding and sustaining strong communities. Specifically, Graebert spoke about LPI’s ongoing Rebuilding Prosperous Places study and how different population segments (including changes to U.S. demographics), such as the Creative Class and retirees, as well as ethnic minorities and low-income families, have different goals for placemaking. She also addressed the importance of sustainable inclusive communities. Powers talked about the importance of engaging underserved and marginalized populations in the community planning process, and provided an overview of the Mid-Michigan Program for Greater Sustainability and the Mid-Michigan Community Reinvestment Fund.

Their presentation is available for download. Learn more about the event at 2012 Michigan Leadership Collaborative Conference.

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