League Wins Diamond Award for PlacePlans Work

September 30, 2015
Michigan Municipal League

Michigan Municipal League, MSHDA, Governor Snyder, MSU are Key Partners in Award-Winning Program

LANSING, Michigan — A Michigan Municipal League program that is making transformational changes in Michigan cities won a top award recently in the 2015 Michigan Society of Association Executives (MSAE) Annual Diamond Awards contest.

The League earned the highest honor—a Diamond Award—for its PlacePlans program in the innovative collaboration category for associations with budgets of $1 million and greater. The League also received a Silver Award for its Review magazine in the magazine publishing category.

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MSHDA joins ranks to accelerate Patronicity's crowdfunding initiatives for vibrant communities

September 30, 2015
Michigan State Housing Development Authority

Authority Board approves partnership with MEDC on groundbreaking Public Spaces Community Places program

LANSING, Mich. – MSHDA is teaming up with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to fund new opportunities aimed at building vibrant communities, following the Authority Board’s approval of the collaboration during its regular meeting today.

The Board authorized a $1.5 million Housing Development Fund (HDF) grant to the MEDC for the Public Spaces Community Places Crowdfunding initiative effective October 1. The new, extended partnership is funded through September 30, 2016.

“This is an incredible opportunity to help drive public space projects in local communities while being a catalyst for increased economic activity around the state,” said Elsenheimer. “Working together with MEDC elevates MSHDA’s long history of helping communities create strategic plans for growth, now we will play an active role in seeing those concepts become bricks and mortar.”

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EPA’s Urban Waters Small Grants Program: Request for Proposals is OPEN!

September 25, 2015
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Newsletter

Under this announcement, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting proposals from eligible applicants for projects that will advance EPA’s water quality and environmental justice goals. Proposed projects will address urban runoff pollution through diverse partnerships that produce multiple community benefits, with emphasis on underserved communities. Note that proposed project activities must take place entirely within one of the Eligible Geographic Areas, as illustrated on the interactive map provided on the Urban Waters Small Grants mapping website at

EPA’s Urban Waters Program helps local residents and their organizations, particularly those in underserved communities, restore their urban waters in ways that also benefit community and economic revitalization. The total estimated funding available for awards under this competition is approximately $1.6 million.

Visit the Urban Waters Small Grants website to learn more about the program and how to submit a proposal at

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City of Lansing Sense of Place in the Arts Grant Program

August 28, 2015
Arts Council of Greater Lansing

The purpose of the City of Lansing Sense of Place in the Arts Program is to create community-driven placemaking projects that capitalize on Lansing’s assets, inspiration and potential, contributing to a “sense of place” for residents, businesses, and visitors. Projects must take place within the City of Lansing. These awards are funded by the City of Lansing through the Lansing Economic Development Corporation (LEDC), the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) and administered by the Arts Council of Greater Lansing. For the City of Lansing’s Fiscal Year 2016, applicants can apply for $5,000 - $30,000. 

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NAR’s Best Cities for Millennial Homebuyers… GR #2!

July 21, 2015
CNN Money

Grand Rapids Ranks 2nd Best Cities for Millennial Homebuyers according to the National Association of Realtors. Rankings were based on employment data, median home prices, home price growth and affordability, as well as the percentage of Millennials living in the metro area and their share of all age groups moving to the area. Median home prices data is for the first quarter of 2014, while job growth figures are for the 12 months through May 2014.

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