EPA Launches Broad Collaborative of External Stakeholders to Advance Green Infrastructure

October 14, 2014
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

On October 8th, EPA’s Green Infrastructure Program and the White House Council on Environmental Quality launched a broad collaborative of external stakeholders to advance green infrastructure implementation. The Green Infrastructure Collaborative will leverage efforts from the federal family, non-governmental organizations, the private sector and academia to advance green infrastructure as a means of supporting water quality and community development goals.

As part of the announcement, EPA released a Statement of Support outlining specific commitments from Collaborative members to advance cooperation and coordination around green infrastructure initiatives. 

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WEBINAR - Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Program Request for Proposals

October 14, 2014
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

The DEQ’s CZM Program is hosting a webinar to explain the FY 2016 Request for Proposals for coastal grants starting October 1, 2015 through December 30, 2016. This webinar will cover topics including eligibility criteria, program focus areas, project preferences, supporting information, additional information required for construction projects and application submittal and schedule.

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Three Rivers builds its downtown with Main Street initiative

October 09, 2014
Southwest MI Second Wave

For many years, a dedicated group of downtown business people and city officials have been working to restore downtown Three Rivers. 

The march of big box stores and the fall of local manufacturers has taken its toll on Three Rivers, as it has on many communities. Now the Main Street Program offered through the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) is one of the tools helping the city make a comeback. 

Nancy Boyce owns of Golden Finch Frame and Gallery, a business housed in a 3,600-square-foot building in the downtown built around 1875. As a member of the Downtown Development Authority and chair of the Design Committee for the Michigan Mainstreet Program, Boyce is heavily involved with the project. "It's a lot of work and time time donated," Boyce says. 

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Economics of Place: The Art of Building Great Communities

October 01, 2014
Michigan Municipal League

This book goes beyond placemaking as a concept, to offer real-world examples of economic drivers and agents of social and cultural change in Michigan’s own backyard. They represent some of the many place-based catalysts that can spark the kind of transformational changes that reinvent and revitalize a community, with tangible payoffs in terms of livability, social and cultural enrichment, and economic development. But most of all, they show us that placemaking is an art not a science, and displays itself in as many shapes, sizes and colors as a community can imagine.


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ArtPlace America Accepting Applications for its National Grants Program

September 29, 2014
ArtPlace America

ArtPlace America is currently accepting Letters of Inquiry for the 2015 round of its National Grants Program.  Since 2011, ArtPlace has contributed $56.8 million to 189 projects across 42 states and the District of Columbia. This year ArtPlace intends to support approximately 40 projects with roughly $10 million. These grants target creative placemaking projects, in which art and culture help strengthen the social, physical, and economic fabric of communities. Any individual or organization within the United States or U.S. Territories is eligible to apply.

For more information or to submit an application, please visit The submission deadline is November 3rd at 3:59pm EST.

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