Workshops sponsored by the Statewide Public Advisory Council for Michigan's Areas of Concern Program

Creating Vibrant Coastal Communities: Techniques, Tools and Resources to Advance Placemaking in Waterfront Areas

July 2013 – Muskegon, Michigan

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.

Remediation to Restoration to Revitalization: Building Environmental and Economic Prosperity in Michigan’s Great Lakes Areas of Concern

October 2012 – Kalamazoo, Michigan

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.

Advancing Restoration of Michigan’s Great Lakes Areas of Concern: Opportunities in Year Three of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

February 2012 – Lansing, Michigan

This workshop convened leaders from Michigan’s 14 Great Lakes Areas of Concern (AOC) to review restoration priorities and coordinate efforts to address them over the coming year with resources available under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). Representatives from federal agencies discussed the status of the GLRI, progress toward meeting its goals, and resources available for AOC restoration projects. Staff from Michigan’s Office of the Great Lakes reviewed current plans for the state’s AOC program, including the vision for completing restoration and moving to a new era of stewardship.

Restoring Michigan’s Great Lakes: Opportunities in Year Two of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

January 2011 – Lansing, Michigan

Over 200 people attended this workshop to prepare for year two of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). The program identified restoration priorities for Michigan’s 14 Great Lakes Areas of Concern; reviewed upcoming funding opportunities under the GLRI; and helped advance partnerships and other arrangements to prepare restoration projects for Michigan’s Areas of Concern. Staff from federal agencies were there to discuss upcoming funding opportunities under the GLRI. The workshop also reviewed the status of the Great Lakes Legacy Act and options for generating non-federal cost share for contaminated sediment cleanup projects. A networking period followed formal presentations and provided an opportunity for participants to meet with Area of Concern leaders, agency staff, consultants and other partners to discuss project ideas and consider the best approach for developing funding proposals.

Building Capacity and Partnerships to Restore Michigan’s Great Lakes Areas of Concern Under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

August 2009 – East Lansing, Michigan

In his FY2010 budget, President Obama proposed $475 million for a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, with a substantial portion dedicated to cleaning up the Great Lakes Areas of Concern. The purpose of the workshop was to identify restoration priorities in Michigan’s 14 Areas of Concern and develop partnerships and other arrangements to prepare proposals and seek funding for key restoration projects. At the workshop, staff from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality reviewed restoration needs in Michigan’s Areas of Concern. Representatives from U.S. EPA and other federal agencies discussed funding opportunities under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Local leaders from Michigan’s Areas of Concern were also present to discuss restoration needs, network with project partners and consider next steps for preparing funding proposals.

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