The workshop brought together leaders from Michigan’s 14 Great Lakes Areas of Concern (AOCs) to discuss opportunities and showcase resources and techniques that can help AOC communities leverage remediation and restoration efforts to accelerate environmental and economic revitalization. This includes sustaining environmental stewardship; integrating watershed restoration with sustainable economic growth; and developing a long-term vision that celebrates freshwater resources and coastal amenities as key ingredients for building a high quality of life for coastal communities.
Agenda and Materials
All materials provided below are in PDF format unless otherwise noted.
- Final Agenda
- Workshop Participants List
- The MiPlace Partnership Initiative: State Support To Strategic Local Placemaking Economic Development
- Building Prosperous Places In Michigan: A study by the Land Policy Institute at Michigan State University
- The National Trust Main Street Center: Revitalizing America’s traditional business districts to build sustainable communities
- Knowledge Network Community Branding Resources (webpage)
All presentations and materials provided below are in PDF format.
Leveraging Freshwater Resources: Case Studies from Around the State Where Life Meets Water: Branding Manistee County: Tim Ervin, Manistee County Community Foundation and Alliance for Economic Success
Integrating Economic and Environmental Vision and Planning through the Boardman River Watershed Prosperity Plan: Andy Knott, Executive Director, The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay and Todd Kalish, Acting Supervisor for Lake Michigan, Fisheries Division, Michigan Department of Natural Resources
- Fact Sheet: Boardman River Watershed Prosperity Plan
The Marquette Waterfront Development Plan: A City Capitalizing on its Freshwater Assets: Hon. Frederick Stonehouse, Marquette City Commission
A Blue Economy Strategic Development Plan in Macomb County: Gerard P. Santoro, Program Manager – Land & Water Resources, Macomb County
- Fact Sheet: Introducing the Blue Economy Initiative
- Macomb County – Blue Economy Strategic Development Plan
Know Thyself: An Introduction to Community Branding: Shannon Gray, Director of Research, North Star Destination Strategies
For more information on the workshop, or to request the agenda and registration materials, contact Matt Doss, Great Lakes Commission, 734-971-9135, email@example.com.
For background on the Statewide Public Advisory Council and Michigan’s Great Lakes Areas of Concern program, visit the Council website.