”Reinventing Michigan” continues to be a hot topic across the state, particularly with an ever-growing interest in and recognition of the importance of “place”—and the intersection of the economy, equity and the environment—in this resurgence. Building on the fast-pace and excitement of the 2011 Summit, this year will further explore and showcase interesting and inspiring models involving the public and private sectors, various interests and regions working to move the state forward and reinvent Michigan.

Statewide, leaders are working on an array of crucial issues to help Michigan communities continue to rebound from the economic recession. This year, the Michigan Land & Prosperity Summit will focus on “Moving Michigan Forward: People, Places and Progress” and provide an opportunity for thought leaders, academics and implementers of best practices to share their strategies and expertise on a variety of topics including:

  • Arts & Culture,
  • Innovation/Entrepreneurship,
  • Partnering for Prosperity and Preservation,
  • Placemaking,
  • Transportation, and
  • Urban/Metropolitan Agenda

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The Land & Prosperity Leadership Excellence Award is given annually by the Land Policy Institute at the Michigan Land & Prosperity Summit in recognition of the highest level of performance in the areas of land use and economic development.

List of Land & Prosperity Leadership Excellence Award Winners

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The Summit is hosted by the Michigan State University Land Policy Institute and the Michigan Funders for Sustainalbe Regions, which is coordinated by the Council of Michigan Foundations.

The MSU Land Policy Institute (LPI) was founded in 2006 and focuses on research and outreach related to land use, regional strategic growth in the New Economy and sustainable communities. LPI is affiliated with the MSU School of Planning, Design and Construction, and collaborates with many faculty, centers and institutes across campus, as well as stakeholders outside the university. The institute delivers innovative solutions, transitioning knowledge from a variety of experts to the community.

The Michigan Funders for Sustainable Regions, formerly the Michigan Land Use Funders, is an informal coalition coordinated by the Council of Michigan Foundations of numerous funders of varying size, type and scope that provide support innovative projects throughout the state encompassing a wide range of cross-cutting interests across economic, equity and environmental issues.

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The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), established in 1966, provides financial and technical assistance through public and private partnerships to create and preserve safe and decent affordable housing, engage in community economic development activities, develop vibrant cities, towns and villages, and address homeless issues.

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Partners for the Summit include the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, Michigan Municipal League, the Center for Michigan, Martin Waymire Advocacy Communications, and Pace & Partners.

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) provides financial and technical assistance through public and private partnerships to create and preserve safe and decent affordable housing. MSHDA also administers various federal housing programs.

Michigan Municipal League advocates on behalf of its member communities in Lansing, Washington DC and the courts; provides educational opportunities for elected and appointed municipal officials; and assists municipal leaders in administering services to their communities through League programs and services.

The Center for Michigan is a “think-and-do” tank founded by Phil Power in early 2006. The Center’s objective is to cure our unhealthy hyper-partisan political culture and reinvigorate our broken policy apparatus by calling forth a bottom-up, common ground citizens’ agenda for Michigan’s transformation.

Martin Waymire Advocacy Communications is one of Michigan's top public relations firms, providing clients with proven results in public affairs and strategic communications consulting.

Pace & Partners is a 26-year-old marketing firm with a small, tightly-knit shop full of smart, energetic people who use their advertising, design and PR skills to consistently deliver stellar results for their clients.

Public Sector Consultants is is an objective, nonpartisan research firm providing policy research in health, education, energy, and the environment. For 30 years, PSC has built a reputation for credible, independent research and the ability to forge good working relationships with leaders in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors.

Michigan State University (MSU) Extension helps people improve their lives by bringing the vast knowledge resources of MSU directly to individuals, communities and businesses.  For more than 100 years, MSU Extension has helped grow Michigan’s economy by equipping Michigan residents with the information that they need to do their jobs better, raise healthy and safe families, build their communities and empower our children to dream of a successful future.

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