LPI's Wyckoff & Madill to share placemaking expertise at MTA Annual Educational Conference Jan. 2016

The Michigan Townships Association (MTA) is hosting their annual conference Jan. 19-22, 2016, at the Marriott at the Renaissance Center in Detroit.

The Michigan Townships Association (MTA) is hosting their annual conference Jan. 19-22, 2016, at the Marriott at the Renaissance Center in Detroit. The 2016 Annual Educational Conference will help attendees: Recharge enthusiasm for public service; reengage with constituents; rethink role as a board member; reinvent the vision for townships; and rebuild relationships with township boards and communities. This premiere event for local leaders brings together more than 1,000 officials for three days of unmatched educational and networking experiences. The MTA has assembled the very best local government thought-leaders, trend-watchers, and policy and governance experts to bring attendees learning opportunities that simply cannot be found anywhere else.

On Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, the Land Policy Institute’s senior associate director Mark Wyckoff, and director of the Planning & Zoning Center at MSU; and Holly Madill, outreach specialist for LPI, will present at two separate extended sessions from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Dean Solomon, senior educator for MSU Extension, and Madill will co-present on Placemaking Projects to Improve Quality of Life in Your Township. Placemaking is a process for improving the quality of places in which to live, work, play, shop, learn and visit. Participants will receive an overview of three types of placemaking and discover techniques for improving the quality of places in small and large, rural and urban townships. This expanded session offers a hands-on opportunity for participants to generate ideas for placemaking in their own township. It will have special utility for townships with a village within the township, or which surround or are located near a city. 

Wyckoff and Glenn Pape, extension educator for MSU Extension, will co-present on Strategic Placemaking as an Economic Development Tool in Suburban Townships. Suburban townships have a new tool for targeted redevelopment of underperforming or abandoned strip malls and other vacant land. Participants will learn what strategic placemaking is, and how suburban townships can benefit from it. Growing market opportunities for new mixed-use development will be reviewed along with the rapid shift away from large, single-family homes to small homes, including the growing demand for apartments, lofts, townhouses and other Missing Middle Housing. This extended session allows participants to apply what they have learned through work in small groups designed to help develop strategies to attract talented workers to new mixed-use developments along a designated corridor.

To register and learn more, visit 2016 MTA Conference.

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