EDA University Center for
Regional Economic Innovation
Strengthening Michigan's Infrastructure and Sustainability: How Master and Capital Improvement Plans Can Help Build Sustainable "Green-Blue" Communities (2018)
Co-Learning Plan - 2018
Author: John Austin, Michigan Economic Center & Dayne Walling, 21 Performance
This Co-Learning plan will examine the implementation of municipal master plans and capital improvement plans in the context of the challenges with public infrastructure systems and the opportunities for a future blue and green economy. Statewide information will be assessed and ten municipal profiles will be developed and compared representing a range of counties, cities, townships, and villages based on population size, economic characteristics, and geographic location including the core communities of Benton Harbor, Detroit, Flint and Grand Rapids. Legislative, policy and strategic management reforms will be recommended to overcome impediments and to optimize public infrastructure systems in enhancing economic growth, protecting health, and increasing sustainability.