LPI's Mary Beth Graebert shared Building Prosperous Places Study results at the 2012 MAR Convention

The Michigan Association of Realtors hosted their Annual Convention and Expo this week in Dearborn, MI. This year's theme was "Learn like an all-star, and party like a rock star!" and included an agenda jam-packed with engaging education sessions.

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

The Michigan Association of Realtors (MAR) hosted their Annual Convention and Expo this week in Dearborn, MI. This year's theme was "Learn like an all-star, and party like a rock star!" and included an agenda jam-packed with engaging education sessions.  

On Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, Mary Beth Graebert, MSU Land Policy Institute's associate director for programs and operations, participated in the session on Placemaking: Creating Value, Worth and Destination. Facilitated by Karen Gagnon, policy advisor with the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, this session provided general background and context for this "transformative idea," and introduced the MAR audience to the MIplace Partnership, a public/private partnership promoting and supporting placemaking activity throughout the state of Michigan. Other panelists included: Meghan Webber, CEO, Greater Lansing Association of Realtors; and Glenn Pape from MSU Extension

As part of her presentation on “Building Prosperous Places in Michigan: Understanding Placemaking Values, Perceptions and Barriers,” Graebert explored how placemaking affects property values in Michigan Cities. She shared preliminary results from an ongoing research initiative that assesses the impact of placemaking elements on property values in six Michigan cities and five Midwest cities. Graebert also discussed findings from surveys of developers, local governments, financial institutions and homeowners/renters about their perspectives on placemaking, its value and barriers to its implementation. Her presentation is available for download.

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