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LPI’s Warbach joins Placemaking in Michigan Panel at 2013 New Partners for Smart Growth Conference

The Local Government Commission will be hosting the 12th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference in Kansas City, MO.

John Warbach, PhD, Associate Director of the MSU Land Policy Institute

The Local Government Commission will be hosting the 12th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference in Kansas City, MO. The conference will take place at the Kansas City Convention Center, February 7-9, 2013. This multi-disciplinary event will highlight cutting-edge smart-growth issues and will feature the latest research, implementation tools and strategies, successful case studies, new partners, new projects, and new policies.


On Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, John Warbach, PhD, the MSU Land Policy Institute’s associate director of faculty research development, will participate in a panel discussion at the afternoon session on “Placemaking in Michigan: Starting the Economic Development Engine.” This session will focus on how Michigan needs help restarting its economic engine and the strategy agreed upon by public, private and nonprofit organizations is a big statewide push into Placemaking. Recent research into attitudes toward Placemaking by both the general public and local decision makers will be reviewed, as well as the actions taken by public, private and nonprofit sectors to get the engine started and results to date.


Warbach will share preliminary results from LPI’s Rebuilding Prosperous Places Initiative, including responses from a national placemaking survey, a Midwest survey about neighborhood and home features, and a hedonic analysis of the relationship between placemaking elements and home prices in 11 Midwest cities, including six cities in Michigan.

Other panelists include:

  • Jamie Schriner-Hooper, executive director of the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan; and
  • James Tischler, director of Community Development at the Michigan State Housing Development Authority.

This session will be moderated by Gil White, real estate agent and private sector consultant.

Registration is available online. Learn more at New Partners for Smart Growth Conference.

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