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Resilient Communities

Resilient Monroe

Resilient Monroe is the first in a series of cooperative planning efforts focused on integrating economic resilience and climate resilience into the local master planning process. This land-use planning and community design project is focused on the City of Monroe, Frenchtown Charter Township, and Monroe Charter Township. Through a series of Community Action Team meetings, a Community Planning Survey, a charrette, youth engagement efforts, and stakeholder interviews, the citizens and leaders of Monroe are working together to strengthen the community's ability to manage changes and challenges of all kinds - and to thrive. The Resource Atlas presents a culmination of community analysis and recommendations and will be used to inform the local jurisdictional master plan updates.

New Websites Promote Activity and Local Food

Eat Local Berrien is one of two new websites from SWMPC
The Southwest Michigan Planning Commission recently brought online two new websites using LIAA's asset mapping software built on our Community Center content management platform. These sites are part of a project to promote healthy living in Berrien County. Be Active Berrien helps residents find places to play, get outside, and pursue and active lifestyle. Eat Local Berrien helps residents find places to enjoy both locally grown and locally produced edibles.

Don't Miss the 10th Annual EMPTY BOWLS Event April 14 in Traverse City

10th Annual Empty Bowls

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 for more info!

Leveraging Trails for Community and Economic Development

Trail Townships
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
7 p.m.
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

UpNorth Media Center
We’re excited to welcome Anne Stanton, an accomplished journalist and cofounder of the National Writers Series, to serve as outreach coordinator for northwest Michigan’s only public- and government-access television stations. The new position is part of a broader outreach program supported by a $40,000 grant from Rotary Charities of Traverse City. The outreach effort aims to boost volunteer coordination and community participation in the nonprofit Media Center, with a particular focus on serving other nonprofits in the region.

Bay City Above PAR

Bay City Above PAR
Bay City, Michigan has been selected to participate in an innovative project (Above PAR - Planning for Place, Access and Redevelopment) that seeks to integrate placemaking, transportation and redevelopment principles into the community’s master plan and land use regulations. LIAA is providing technical and professional support to the project, which is a program of the Michigan Association of Planning (MAP) funded by the C.S. Mott Foundation and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA).

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.


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