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"Building a Sense of Place" conference

On November 9 at the Kellogg Center at Michigan State University, the
Land Information Access Assoc., MI Municipal League, MI Twps Assoc., and
The Nature Conservancy are co-sponsoring a conference entitled "Building
a Sense of Place: Tools for Defining Sustainable Communities."

The conference is described as "the capstone event for the Building a
Sense of Place Project," which for three years has worked in seven
communities throughout the state to demonstrate new methods "for
engaging government officials, local organizations, and citizens from
throughout a community in documenting the most important and cherished
cultural and natural resources in the area.  The process focuses on the
design and construction of a computer-based tool that everyone in the
community can use to understand and evaluate land use options."  The
project has been funded by C.S. Mott Foundation, Frey Foundation, Joyce
Foundation and W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

The conference information urges that local govt officials and
employees, planning commissioners, zoning administrators, and community
organization members attend.  The conference itself has a $35
registration fee which includes lunch, and rooms have been reserved at a
special rate at the Kellogg Center.  Reservations need to be made by
November 4, 1998, and payment must be included.  No telephone
reservations will be accepted and there will be no on-site
Send the following information to Land Information Access Association,
322 Munson Avenue, Traverse City, MI  49686: Your name, title,
Organization/agency, Address, City, State, Zip, Phone, Fax and
E-Mail with your check for $35.  The conference is limited to 150
participants and the urge early registration because of limited space.
For additional info call 616-929-3696.