On this page:
- Can Small Towns Be Cool? Study Translation Paper
- Historic Preservation Easements
- Michigan Local Government: New Economy Preparation Checklist
- To-Do List for What a Community Should do for Economic Development in Michigan
"Cool Cities" has become a buzzword among both community and economic development practitioners. This paper reports the results of research on how small towns and rural areas can also be "cool cities". The paper examines the differences between those communities which are teetering on the brink of extinction while others enjoy prosperity. The main body of the paper presents 10 keys for success; the 10 things the communities that enjoy prosperity have in common. They might be viewed as the 10 best practices for community prosperity.
This pamphlet addresses the following questions: What is a Historic Preservation Easement? Why Use Easements for Historic Preservation? What Defines a Historic Resource’s Eligibility for a Preservation Easement? What are the Tax Benefits associated with Historic Preservation Easements? What are the Responsibilities of the Protecting (Grantee) Organization? How do Historic Preservation Easements fit with Local Ordinances? Where can I find Additional Information about Historic Preservation Easements?
A to-do list for local government, reviewing possible amendments/changes to the Master Plan, zoning ordinance, and other local government practices and policies to get starting on preparing for the New Economy in Michigan. Ideas compiled from various sources, and updated as users, such as yourself, suggest things to add to the checklist.
There are over-riding principles for economic development and community development in a new / global economy. These four principles need to be the foundation and background for each item in the to-do list: regional approach, based on assets (targeting resources), urban-rural interdependency, and collaborative and partnerships. This to-do list includes more detail on each of these principles and how to implement them in your community.