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E-M:/ Regional Redevelopment Summit, February 18


Rapidly sprawling land use patterns, and the public policies that promote
growth in rural areas and on the urban fringe, are one of the most
challenging threats to Michigan's natural environment and quality of life.
One of the critical pieces to solving this puzzle is findings ways to use
existing infrastructure in our already developed towns and cities by
redeveloping aging infrastructure and housing stock, rather than building
and expanding into our fields and forests and wetlands. 

But how does Michigan get there from where we are?

A key conference addressing this issue is coming up in Detroit on February
18, and I would encourage as many of you as can attend to do so. The
Regional Redevelopment Summit brought out more than 200 southeast Michigan
leaders last year, and you can be a part of this year's discussion of
cutting-edge policies and practices that are reviving southeast Michigan's

Of special note will be the roll-out of the much-talked about "Redevelopment
Ready Communities" certification program. A key recommendation of the
Michigan Land Use Leadership Council, this policy has evolved into a new
public-private collaboration that helping cities implement innovative and
successful programs to encourage infill development and redevelopment.

Register for the conference online at
http://www.michigansuburbsalliance.org/summit.htm or call the Michigan
Suburbs Alliance at 248-546-2382 for more information.

Regional Redevelopment Summit
Friday, February 18, 2005
8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m
The Roostertail Club on the river in downtown Detroit.  
The $65 registration fee includes a continental breakfast and sit-down
lunch.  A special limited discount is available to students.  
*	Bill Rustem, Senior VP at Public Sector Consultants and one of the
key minds behind the Michigan Land Use Leadership Council; 
*	Maxine Berman, Director of Special Projects for Governor Jennifer
*	Bren Buckley, VP for Development at Burton-Katzman 
*	Jason Horton, Executive VP of REDICO; 
*	Fred Zorn, Economic Development Director for the City of Taylor; and

*	Conan Smith, Executive Director of the nonprofit Michigan Suburbs

Who Should Attend?
*	Development Professionals:  Get an introduction to the cities on the
forefront of redevelopment in the region.
*	Municipal Officials:  Find a partner for that tough project impeding
growth in your community.
*	Academics and Students:  Scope out the best practices in
redevelopment as heralded by public and private sector leaders both within
the region and across the nation.
*	Business Leaders:  Learn about the economic impacts of
state-of-the-art redevelopment policies, like the City of Taylor's 400% jump
in SEV.
*	Community Organizers: Learn how new initiatives for redevelopment
can support safer and healthier neighborhood revitalization.
The Regional Redevelopment Summit is brought to you by 
*	Wayne State University
*	Detroit Renaissance
*	The Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce
*	The Michigan Suburbs Alliance
Thanks, and I hope to see you there,
Brad B. Garmon
Land Programs Director
Michigan Environmental Council
119 Pere Marquette, Suite 2A
Lansing, MI 48912
Ph: 517-487-9539
Fax: 517-487-9541
Email: bradmec@voyager.net

Celebrating MEC's 25th Anniversary in 2005


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