National Charrette Institute and MSU Extension host Opportunity Zones training series in Michigan

What are Opportunity Zones? How do they spur economic development? Is there an Opportunity Zone in my community? You have questions, we have answers.

April 9, 2019

What are Opportunity Zones? How do they spur economic development? Is there an Opportunity Zone in my community? You have questions, we have answers. This workshop will help local leaders understand how to develop a marketing strategy to attract the type of development your community wants.

For the first time, the National Charrette Institute at Michigan State University is partnering with MSU Extension to offer a statewide training series titled “Opportunity Zones (OZ): There’s no place like home!”

These half-day workshops take place in April and May, and are free thanks to support from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. The workshop schedule is as follows. All in-person trainings will take place from 1–4 p.m.

  • April 12 – Lapeer: Lapeer County ISD, Attica.
  • April 22 – Fremont: Fremont Public Library, Fremont.
  • May 8 – Escanaba: Bay College, Escanaba.
  • May 13 – Grayling: Kirtland Community College, Grayling.
  • May 13 – Mt. Pleasant: Mid-Michigan Community College Mount Pleasant.
  • June 12 – Online Webinar (2–4 p.m.) - Webinar link will be sent out in advance of the program.

After attending this informative and engaging training, participants will be able be able to explain what an OZ is and how they were selected, understand what the potential community impacts are, and market OZs in their communities.

Appropriate for any size community, the workshop is ideal for elected officials, appointed officials, staff, and business representatives from communities with Opportunity Zones.

Questions about this training series can be sent to Eric Walcott at walcott3@msu.edu or call (517) 353-9106. To register for a workshop near you and to learn more visit Opportunity Zones Workshop Series.

To learn more about these types of trainings offered by NCI, including the Online Charrette System Certificate Training Program that is available at any time, visit Learn with NCI.

Tags: community development, community planning, economic development, msu extension, national charrette institute, opportunity zones, outreach, public policy, public trainings

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