Areas of Concern
Great Lakes Information Network
Comments or questions about Great Lakes Areas of Concern or related Great Lakes Commission activities? Contact at
Sponsored by the Statewide Public Advisory Council for Michiganís 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 Michiganís bountiful water resources to advance economic growth and build a higher quality of life in their communities.
Placemaking is the process of creating quality places that people want to be in. It embraces a wide range of projects and activities and is pursued by public agencies, the private sector, nonprofit groups, and others. Strategic placemaking is a targeted process for creating places that attract new businesses and talented workers who will create jobs and help grow vibrant, economically healthy communities.
Placemaking in Michigan
Michigan leads the national movement for placemaking and substantial resources are being devoted to advancing both local and regional placemaking strategies. The Michigan State Housing Development Authority, the Michigan Municipal League, the Michigan State University Land Policy Institute, and other statewide organizations have launched the MI-Place Partnership Initiative (miplace.org) to help Michigan communities learn about and implement placemaking as a strategic economic development initiative.
Agenda and Presentations
*Presentations are provided in PDF format
Welcoming Remarks and Workshop Purpose (No presentation)
- Mayor Stephen Gawron, City of Muskegon
- Mary Bohling, Chair, Statewide Public Advisory Council for Michiganís Areas of Concern Program
R3: Remediation to Restoration to Revitalization in Great Lakes Coastal Communities
Marc Tuchman, U.S. EPA, Great Lakes National Program Office
Placemaking: An Introduction and Overview of Key Concepts and Opportunities for Michiganís Communities
Mark A. Wyckoff, Director, Planning & Zoning Center and Sr. Associate Director, Land Policy Institute, Michigan State University
Best Practices for Waterfront Planning and Placemaking
Liz Durfee, NOAA Coastal Management Fellow, Michigan Coastal Zone Management Program and Michigan Sea Grant
Main Street - Placemaking in Practice
Brittney Hoszkiw, Organization Specialist, Michigan Main Street Center @ MSHDA
Planning for Resilient Communities
Joe VanderMeulen, Ph.D., Executive Director, Land Information Access Association
Placemaking Exercise (No presentations)
Workshop participants worked in small groups applying placemaking principles and practices to
real waterfronts to illustrate on-the-ground impacts at the local level.
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 Michiganís 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, contact Matt Doss, Great Lakes Commission, 734-971-9135, firstname.lastname@example.org.
For background on the Statewide Public Advisory Council and Michiganís Great Lakes Areas of Concern program, visit the Council website at www.glc.org/spac.