Mark your calendars! Here are upcoming trainings offered by MSU Extension for appointed and elected officials.
This year Michigan Water School: Essential Resources for Local Officials will be offered for free in a series of Zoom webinars from 3-5 p.m. on four Thursday afternoons (Oct. 8 and 22, Nov. 5 and 19). This project has been generously supported by the Erb Family Foundation and Pure Oakland Water.
The program will include sessions on water quantity; water quality; water finance and planning; and water policy issues. Topics to be covered include:
- The Blue Economy
- Fiscal benefits of water management
- Incorporating water into local planning and placemaking
- Resources to help address water problems
- Water policy at the federal, tribal, state, and local levels
Water School speakers will include educators and faculty from MSU and MSU Extension as well as other experts providing local perspectives.
This program is a technical training for persons responsible for reviewing land divisions, as required by the Michigan Land Division Act, PA 288 of 1967, as amended being MCL 560.101 et seq. (formerly known as the Subdivision Control Act). That person is usually the local government assessor, but may instead be the zoning administrator.
The program will review the parts of the Land Division Act pertaining to land division, including key definitions and other important provisions, teach required steps and best practices when conducting land division reviews, and highlight enforcement strategies for an effective local government operation. It will focus on participants knowing the statutory and case law limits of what the review is for.
Date: October 22; 12:30pm – 4:30pm
The Michigan Department of Treasury and MSU Extension are excited to announce our newest Fiscally Ready Communities training – Budgeting for Fiscal Sustainability!
This FREE training will provide best practices for local governments’ fiscal health including budgeting, long-term planning, dealing with uncertainty, and financial policies and procedures. This training is geared toward appointed and elected officials with entry and intermediate budgeting knowledge.
Dates and times include:
- Please Tuesday, October 27 at 2 pm
- Thursday, November 19 at 2 pm
- Thursday, December 3 at 9 am
Please note that each webinar will have the same content. Please select the time and date that works best for you. Each session will be limited to 50 participants; if necessary, additional dates and times will be added.
Mixed-use development patterns are being applied more frequently in communities to provide variety in housing types and to reinvigorate downtowns. However, the single-family residential zoning district remains a pocket of exclusivity. These exclusive single-family neighborhoods have created challenges for communities in providing housing variety that is affordable for the entire range of community socio-economic levels. Given needs in communities for diversity of housing options, both in type and cost, these single-family residential zones may be areas of opportunity for innovative and inclusive land use strategies. The webinar will cover:
- History of zoning as a tool of exclusion
- The housing availability and affordability conundrum
- Strategies for creating more inclusive zoning including Accessory Dwelling Units and other modifications to density and dwelling size standards
- Mixed-residential use and design considerations
The webinar will be delivered via Zoom Webinar. Participants will need an internet connection, computer or mobile device not smaller than an iPad or tablet, and speakers/headset or phone for audio.
Date: November 11, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. EST
Cost: $20 – Regular Registrants; $15 – Master Citizen Planners
The Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities (CEC) Conference is a community development initiative that brings together entrepreneurs, business leaders, economic development professionals, local government officials, and community champions to strengthen and broaden regional entrepreneurial networks.
In-person CEC events have been held in Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and are planned for Pennsylvania and New Hampshire, hosted by University Extension organizations.
Due to COVID-19, all in-person events have been postponed. However, technology allows us to still share great programming and ideas! To that end, EIGHT state University Extension teams are collaborating to offer a week-long virtual conference in November 2020. In this first of its kind offering, the program development team is excited to offer participants from across the states access to programming and ideas from seven states! The organizers hope that this event will:
- Serve as a space where the tools and resources available to support entrepreneurs are showcased
- Provide participants with the opportunity to learn from each other and share best practices in supporting entrepreneurial network development in their communities
- Build a network or people who have more tools and knowledge of other state and national resources available to support entrepreneurial ecosystem development.
- Learn about specific tools and resources that can be implemented in your community