Creating Vibrant Coastal Communities Workshop







A workshop sponsored by the Statewide Public Advisory Council for Michigan’s Great Lakes Areas of Concern Program


The workshop introduced placemaking as a strategy to fuel economic growth and community revitalization. It showcased resources and provided training on how to develop and implement placemaking strategies. The workshop focused on placemaking opportunities in coastal communities and illustrated examples of how local leaders are leveraging Michigan’s bountiful water resources to advance economic growth and build a higher quality of life in their communities.

Agenda and Materials

All materials provided below are in PDF format.


All presentations below are provided in PDF format.

R3: Remediation to Restoration to Revitalization in Great Lakes Coastal CommunitiesMarc Tuchman, U.S. EPA, Great Lakes National Program Office

Placemaking: An Introduction and Overview of Key Concepts and Opportunities for Michigan’s CommunitiesMark A. Wyckoff, Director, Planning & Zoning Center and Sr. Associate Director, Land Policy Institute, Michigan State University

Best Practices for Waterfront Planning and PlacemakingLiz Durfee, NOAA Coastal Management Fellow, Michigan Coastal Zone Management Program and Michigan Sea Grant

Main Street – Placemaking in PracticeBrittney Hoszkiw, Organization Specialist, Michigan Main Street Center @ MSHDA

Planning for Resilient CommunitiesJoe VanderMeulen, Ph.D., Executive Director, Land Information Access Association

Final Plenary Discussion (Audience polling results)

  • Lessons learned: How will you apply what you learned today?
  • Next steps: What do you need from future training opportunities?


The workshop was sponsored by the Statewide Public Advisory Council for Michigan’s Great Lakes Areas of Concern Program, Michigan Office of the Great Lakes, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, the Michigan Municipal League, the Michigan State University Land Policy Institute, Michigan Sea Grant, West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission, Muskegon Lake Watershed Partnership, White Lake Public Advisory Council, and the Great Lakes Commission.


For more information on the workshop, or to request the agenda and registration materials, contact Matt Doss, Great Lakes Commission, 734-971-9135, For background on the Statewide Public Advisory Council and Michigan’s Great Lakes Areas of Concern program, visit the Council website.

Date: Jul 11, 2013

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