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Don't Miss the 10th Annual EMPTY BOWLS Event April 14 in Traverse City
Support Fresh Local Food from Farm to Pantry! This perennially popular fundraiser for the Fresh Food Partnership includes a delicious meal of soup and bread (incl. vegetarian and gluten-free options), live music, an exciting silent auction, and a handmade bowl to keep as a reminder of all of the empty bowls in our area. Help us fight hunger and support local agriculture in northwest Michigan.
Absolutely Irish Teleganza & 33rd Danny Boy Singing Contest Finals March 16
Absolutely Irish Teleganza
It's Teleganza time again! UpNorthTV's annual concert fundraiser teams this year with the 33rd annual Danny Boy Singing Contest for an Absolutely Irish celebration March 16th at the City Opera House in Traverse City. The Teleganza features the Finals of the Danny Boy contest. Visit www.teleganza.org for more info!
Leveraging Trails for Community and Economic Development
Once considered undesirable and unnecessary infrastructure, trails have instead proved to be valuable amenities for most communities. Trails not only increase nearby property values, they contribute to a vibrant sense of place and offer new economic development potential. Check out our take on “Trail Towns
” in this Michigan Township News cover story by LIAA planner Harry Burkholder
Please Join Us Oct. 2: Local Dollars, Local Sense with Michael Shuman
Local Dollars, Local Sense
Please join us this Tuesday, October 2 for what will be a fascinating look at local investment strategies for Northern Michigan. Nationally renowned author and economic development specialist Michael Shuman will give a provocative presentation on the importance of keeping investments as local as possible, including the economic power of local investing and keys to making the local investment scene work.
Public Keynote — Local Investment - Shifting Money from Wall Street to Main Street
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Hagerty Center, 715 East Front Street, Traverse City
Light refreshments provided
Donations accepted at the door (no one will be turned away)
For more information, visit the website or read the press release. We hope to see you there.
100 Women Who Care Give Big Boost to Fresh Food Partnership
Thanks to the 100 Women Who Care!
The Grand Traverse and Leelanau County chapter of 100 Women Who Care
contributed over $19,000
to the Fresh Food Partnership
, boosting efforts to fight hunger and support local agriculture in northwest Michigan. This generous donation will be reinvested in local farms to provide healthy, locally grown food to pantries, shelters and meals programs in northwest Michigan. The funding will enable the Fresh Food Partnership to purchase approximately 24,500 pounds
of fresh, nutritious, locally grown food for families in need.
New Outreach Coordinator Joins LIAA’s UpNorth Media Center
Michigan's Great Lakes Water Trails
Paddling Michigan's Beautiful Coastline
LIAA is working with Michigan Sea Grant
and coastal communities all over the state to catalog and digitally map Great Lakes water trails. The information will be displayed on a new website to give residents and visitors alike a common starting point to access localized water trail info for Michigan’s Great Lakes coasts. This project is supported by Michigan’s Coastal Management Program
Ecorse Emerges: LIAA Documentary Tells a Story of Hope as Citizens Prepare for an End to Emergency Financial Management
LIAA has produced a short documentary film detailing the development of a citizen-led vision for the City of Ecorse
as the downriver Detroit community prepares to emerge from emergency financial management. “Ecorse Emerges
” is a 24-minute film chronicling an intensive community visioning process designed and facilitated by LIAA in cooperation with the Michigan Municipal League
(MML) and community leaders. The process, known as Envision Ecorse
, brought community residents together to define a shared vision and set goals for the future of Ecorse. The citizen-led effort will help guide the actions of public officials, civic leaders and others well into the future, providing a foundation for the city’s transition away from emergency management and providing a blueprint for for civic engagement in communities across Michigan. Read the news release
, a great post from the Economics of Place blog
, and this op-ed from the Detroit News
LIAA Closed for Holiday Season
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We wish everyone a merry holiday season, and a Happy New Year!