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E-M:/ FREE! Building a Smart Growth Agenda Seminar, May 10

Building a Smart Growth Agenda
Join Environmentalists, Conservationists and Planners to Determine a Legislative Land Use Agenda for 2001-2002
Thursday, May 10, 2001
Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids
12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Prompted by growing public concern over declining cities and disappearing farmland, member organizations of the Michigan Environmental Council and their partners began building a common strategy for land use reform in Michigan.  Across the state local activists joined the fight to create sustainable development practices in their communities.  Experience quickly taught us all that a major front for the reform battle must be in the halls of the state Legislature. 
The state's investment priorities appear to be skewed away from those of the common citizen.  While farmers and rural residents lament the impacts of urban sprawl, the state spends less than one-twentieth of one percent of the state's budget on direct open space and  farmland preservation.  While city residents and suburban commuters decry congested highways, Michigan continuously fails to adequately fund alternatives.  The time has come for a concerted effort to create lasting change.
This fourth regional workshop, hosted by Kent County Michigan State University Extension and the West Michigan Environmental Action Council and sponsored by the Michigan Environmental Council,  will focus on identifying the issues and policies critical to the Smart Growth movement in Michigan.  This event is fee-free thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Frey Foundation and the C.S. Mott Foundation.  For more information contact Stacy Cibula (stacymec@voyager.net) at MEC (517) 487-9539.
Conan Smith
Land Programs Director
Michigan Environmental Council
119 Pere Marquette, Suite 2A
Lansing, MI  48912
p. (517) 487-9539
f. (517) 487-9541