LPI’s Graebert to share placemaking expertise at MSHDA’s Building Michigan Communities Conference

Registration for the 15th annual Building Michigan Communities Conference (formerly known as the Michigan Conference on Affordable Housing) is now open.

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

Registration for the 15th annual Building Michigan Communities Conference (formerly known as the Michigan Conference on Affordable Housing) is now open. Participants of this Conference all seek to make Michigan’s communities better places to live, work, invest and play through the creation or preservation of housing, the provision of services to the homeless, and the revitalization of neighborhoods, including downtowns. This important event, hosted by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), will be held April 29-May 1, 2013, at the Lansing Center in downtown Lansing. This is going to be another exciting conference, with more than 100 sessions to choose from in this action packed three-day event.

This year, the focus of the event is on “Housing, Assets, People, Partners.” Keynote presentations include:

  • Scott Woosley, Executive Director of MSHDA;
  • Barney Frank, U.S. Congressman (1981-2012), and Chairman, House Financial Services Committee (2007-2011); and
  • Carter Oosterhouse, Host of HGTV's Carter Can, Red, Hot & Green, Million Dollar Rooms, and Celebrity Motor Homes.

 On Wednesday, May 1, Mary Beth Graebert, the MSU Land Policy Institute’s associate director for programs and operations, will speak about a new LPI study during the session on “Placemaking in Michigan: What Residents Want!” Other panelists include:

  • Jamie Schriner-Hooper from the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan;
  • Sean Mann from the Michigan Municipal League (MML);
  • Julie Hales-Smith from the MIplace Partnership; and
  • Gilbert White from the Michigan Association of Realtors.

The session, beginning at 8:30am, will focus on the impact of placemaking on economic development and quality of life in Michigan communities, and provide some examples of how placemaking can be done in effective and efficient ways. It will include presentations on an MSU Land Policy Institute study about the value and perceptions of placemaking, the Michigan Association of Realtors' "Creating Great Places" initiative, the State of Michigan’s MIplace initiative, the PlacePlans initiative (a partnership effort by MSU, MML and MSHDA) and the MML’s PlaceMarket tool.

To register and learn more, visit Building Michigan Communities Conference.

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