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MSU Extension’s tourism team works statewide addressing community needs and interests in leveraging assets and resources for tourism development. A variety of programs exist to assist a community or region in becoming a destination or launch initiatives to strengthen existing tourism offerings. Programs are specifically designed to involve local leaders and stakeholders in a collaborative process for developing regional synergies and inclusiveness, exploring niche markets and/or capitalizing on the results of community assessments by first-time visitors. Ultimately, programs can form the basis for future development, spawn local leadership, and strengthen community vitality.
- Increase awareness of assets and opportunities.
- Increase knowledge of best practices, trends and changes.
- Develop new leadership roles, opportunities and action items.
- Foster new collaborations and plans among stakeholders to advance community driven tourism.
Sustainable agriculture grants for training farm educators and graduate student research
Published on February 28, 2023
Apply by April for projects supporting people, resource protection, and long-term farm profitability.
Sustainable living series offered by three land-grant universities
Published on February 22, 2023
Together, experts from all three institutions will help national attendees to help strengthen critical thinking skills related to future actions and decision making with sustainability in mind through this multi-topic series.
Don't miss the Steelhead Made Simple seminar at the Grand Rapids Ultimate Sport Show
Published on February 15, 2023
Get started on the right foot with expert advice on steelhead fishing at West Michigan show in March.
Michigan Economic Development Corporation and MSU Extension forge partnership to better Michigan communities through fresh sets of eyes
Published on December 2, 2022
First Impressions Tourism (FIT) assessment program assists communities in understanding themselves and unique assets more through visitor experiences.
MSU Extension tourism educators partner with St. Clair County 4-H Fair Board to pilot visitor assessment tool and drive future development
Published on November 9, 2022
A new visitor assessment tool was piloted for fairs and festivals to capture feedback on the impressions these events give new attendees.
C. Northrop, M.A.
Statewide Government and Community Vitality, Sustainable Tourism Educator