LIAA Starts the "Welcome To" Podcast

by Zach Vega
Thursday, October 3, 2019
Community Planner Zach Vega interviews Brad Neumann
Community Planner Zach Vega interviews Brad Neumann

Starting in October, LIAA will begin releasing episodes of its new "Welcome To" podcast, hosted by Community Planner Zach Vega. Each episode will feature guests with a range of innovative ideas and research to help inform local decision-making processes, with an emphasis on Michigan. Stay tuned for the first episodes, which will cover the following topics:

  • Episode 1: Mary Reilly and Brad Neumann, MSUExtension – Recreational Marijuana and Climate Change
  • Episode 2: Dr. Rex LaMore, Michigan State University – Domicology: Rethinking the Life Cycle of Structures
  • Episode 3: Dr. Noah Durst, Michigan State University – Innovative Ways Low-Income Individuals Acquire Housing
  • Episode 4: Coleman Yoakum, Micah 6 Community – On the Ground Neighborhood Revitalization in Pontiac

Suttons Bay Launches New Website

by Jim Muratzki
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Suttons Bay's Wonderful Parks Were One Reason the Village Wanted to Launch a New Website
Suttons Bay's Wonderful Parks Were One Reason the Village Wanted to Launch a New Website

Last month, LIAA helped the Village of Suttons Bay launch a new website. For many years, the Village's web presence was on Leelanau County's website, a site LIAA had helped set up as part of the Information Technology for Intergovernmental Cooperation project many years ago. However, the Village wanted its own identity, so asked LIAA to help.

We designed a new website. They liked the identity we created for that so much that they also asked us to make the graphic into a formal logo they could use everyday. We imported as much content from the County's website into the Village's new website as possible, then provided editor training.

It took some time, but the Village now has a vibrant online presence all its own. Visit Suttons Bay online at

LIAA seeks Community Planner

by Matt Cowall
Thursday, September 26, 2019

LIAA is seeking an experienced, highly-creative professional with strong leadership and strategic thinking skills for our Community Planner position based at our Traverse City office. The Community Planner will help LIAA provide the best land-use planning and community development services available in Michigan. The person in this position will help cities, townships, villages and counties across the state work together in developing more sustainable, healthy communities that preserve Michigan’s cultural and natural resources while building greater community resilience.

We provide a reasonable salary (salary range: $40K–$50K+, depending on experience and education), good benefits, great colleagues, a comfortable work environment, and meaningful causes worth working for, all in one of the most beautiful locations on Earth.

The ideal candidate is a creative and engaging person with truly excellent writing and communication skills, a willingness to travel, and passion for the work. We prefer a person with some experience and an advanced degree in urban planning or a related field. Experience and expertise in areas such as ecosystem and natural sciences, landscape architecture, and/or community development and design are also desirable. Differentiators include proficiencies in InDesign, SketchUp, Photoshop and AutoCAD, and experience facilitating community meetings.

How to Apply

Please send an email to, attaching a well-written cover letter, a résumé, and three professional references as soon as possible. All documents should be provided in PDF format. Applications will be accepted immediately and until the position is filled. Applications received by October 11, 2019, will be given first consideration.