2023: Activate Scottville

Authors: Sebastian Bies, Freddy Horta, Gauri Mhatre, Kole Nicholoff, & Isha Pithwa

The City of Scottville is lacking basic walking infrastructure throughout the city, making it difficult and dangerous for children to walk and bike to school. These same issues have made it difficult for residents to access important landmarks, such as a mushroom factory...

2023: Leveraging the Planning Process to Create a Model of Engagement for Communities in Need

Authors: Dr. John (Jake) Parcell

Leveraging the planning process to improve regional efforts in communities with a high percentage of ALICE residents can be difficult due to a lack of capacity. This Co-Learning Plan focuses on the REI categorical areas of 21st century communications and resiliency planning by developing a model...

2023: MSU Urban and Regional Planning Practicum Course

Authors: Dr. Kotval and Community Partners

Below is the summary of the six SLFG projects and team members.

Lansing North Grand River Avenue Corridor...

2023: Review of the Benefits of Parks and an Inventory of Parks in Benzie County, MI

Authors: Mary Kate Bejma, Conor Warren, Michael Wilkinson, Xinyi Yao, & Heather Zeigler

This study will answer the overarching question of, ‘Is establishing a county parks and recreation director for Benzie County feasible based on current conditions?’ The purpose of this project is to help the Benzie County Recreation Commission and the...

2023: Shiawassee County Development Handbook

Authors: Jack Greenstein, Micheal Jones, Shruti Nahar, & CJ Sivak

Shiawassee County is a low-population rural county that lacks the resources commonly found in larger metropolitan areas. The existing capacity for change is limited, and the County’s fragmentation of local government entities creates unique identities and...

2021: Energy Challenges in the Keweenaw: Recruiting the Community to Develop Innovative, Acceptable Solutions and Local Supply Chains

Authors: Melissa Davis

With this fellowship, there is the opportunity to assist Copper Country residents in two ways. The first is to work with Keweenaw County residents to learn about, research and vet potential municipally-owned renewable generation sites and also consider which types of generation yield...

2018: Village of Sebewaing Sea Kayaking, Walking, and Recreation Study

Authors: MSU School of Planning Design and Construction

The Village of Sebewaing is in the beginning stages of their first Master Plan in over thirty years. To include the Village's wonderful yet underutilized natural resources, this plan will take into account factors unique to Sebewaing. Due to budget constraints, this fiscally distressed...

2018: Downtown Durand Development Strategy

Authors: Michigan State University School of Planning, Design and Construction

The City of Durand is in the process of updating its 2004 Downtown Economic Enhancement Strategy. Home to roughly 3,400 residents, the City hosts a population that is 64% low to moderate income (LMI). The community has made great strides to improve and beautify the downtown district, but it still...

2017: Fairlane Town Center

Authors: Dr. Zenia Kotval, Michigan State University & Jeff Polkowski, City of Dearborn

This project focused on the automobile-oriented Fairlane Planning Area located in the center of the City. Dearborn planners inspired the students to develop a redevelopment project to integrate the mall site with the rest of the Dearborn community. It was the City's goal to partner with MSU...

2016: The Southend District: Vision Plan and Economic Development Strategy

Authors: Yiran Chen, Christina Ignasiak, Melanie Nieske, & Donald Whipp, Michigan State University

By creating a vision plan and economic development strategy for the Dix-Vernor Corridor, the City of Dearborn will be able to take advantage of planning and redevelopment efforts to improve the Dix-Vernor District.

Project Updated As Of September 30th, 2016

2015: Impact Assessment of Community Arts and Cultural Programs in East Lansing

Authors: Michigan State University

This project focused on the economic contribution of festivals in small and medium sized cities along with a case study of the impact of East Lansing's Summer Solstice Jazz Festival (SSJF). The emphasis was on measuring and assessing the financial impact of community arts and cultural...

2014: Impact Assessment of Pollution in Southwest Detroit

Authors: Madonna University

This project was an impact study of the health and economic costs of pollution in Southwest Detroit. The main objective of the study was to apply existing knowledge and evidence about health impacts in Southwest Detroit to specific social and community contexts.

Project Updated As Of...

2014: Great Lakes Bay Regional Transit Study

Authors: Jeremy Killion, Trent Varva, Lauren Delzeith, Andrew Kumar, Jake Parcell, Krystle Rajewski, John Kaczynski, Saginaw Valley State University

The Cardinal Policy Institute researched the feasibility of a regional public transit authority for the Great Lakes Bay region. Using examples of successful regional mass transit authorities, this system intended connect Saginaw, Bay City, Midland, Birch Run, Mt. Pleasant, and Standish...

2014: City of Inkster: Park, Recreation and Open Space Plan

Authors: Charles S. Nelson, Alexis Horton, Michigan State University

This project focused on updating the five year Park, Recreation and Open Space Plan of Inkster, Michigan. It involved public listening sessions, a mail survey to a sample of registered voters, and development of a draft plan.

Project Updated As Of September 30th, 2014

2014: Arts/Culture Based Economic Development in Flint

Authors: Mark Wilson, Michigan State University

The Flint Cultural Center (FCC) offers great potential to serve community interests and needs to leverage tourism, to foster creativity and knowledge development, and to serve as an anchor for placemaking around Flint. This project used the FCC as a case study in economic development potential...

2013: St. Clair County Bike Share Feasibility Analysis

Authors: Pam Brushaber, Nash Clark, Jacob Maurer, Jonathan Sharp, Michigan State University

This project identified whether a bike share program could be successful as a placemaking element, providing an additional, green transportation choice to residents and visitors in a smaller urban area with key tourism, recreation, and cultural assets. The objectives of the proposed Bike Share...

2013: Tourism Development Strategy for Idlewild, Michigan

Authors: Cortney Dunklin, Corean Reynolds, Emilio Voltaire, Nathalie Winans, Matthew Wojciechowski, Michigan State University

The purpose of this project was to help with the revitalization of Idlewild as a tourist destination. To accomplish this, students partnered with the Idlewild Community Development Corporation to assess Idlewild's cultural and historical assets and potential tourist market.


2013: Park, Recreation and Open Space Plan for Perry, Michigan

Authors: Dr. Charles Nelson, Shannon Mazurie, I-Chun Wu, Michigan State University

Working in cooperation with City of Perry representatives, Dr. Chuck Nelson and a number of his graduate and undergraduate student assistants, proposed to update the plan per the specifications of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the eligibility criteria of the MNRTF as...

2013: Meridian Mall Sub-Plan

German urban planning students from Dortmund University School of Architecture teamed up with MSU School of Planning Design and Construction students to conduct a five day visioning session focused on the Meridian Mall property in Okemos, Michigan. The students looked at the property as a blank...

2013: City of Owosso: Washington Corridor Plan

Authors: Ken Hunter, Sam Schultz, Ryan Musser, Jessica Wendlandt, Jia Zhuang

The goal was to enhance the corridor between Baker College and downtown Owosso by focusing on the built environment including connections, gateways, and the streetscape. They wanted to create a sense of place capable of stimulating economic growth and building social equity. This project provided...

2013: City of Frankfort Beach Infrastructure Plan

Authors: Troy Anderson, Clay Hagen, Michelle LeBlanc, Virginia Vander Veen, Michigan State University

The primary goal was to create elements of a Beach Master Plan for the Lake Michigan Beach in Frankfort, including improvements to Cannon Park. The plan addressed parking, pedestrian flow, signage, structural improvements, restroom facility location, sand control, and aesthetics in order to...

2013: City of Flint: South Saginaw, I-69 Corridor Study

Authors: Deja Torrence, Keshia Owens, Xiangyun Li, Russ Cotner, Michigan State University

The City of Flint created Master Plan in over 50 years in 2013. By spring they developed the various plans that will feed into the Master Plan. The MSU student team conducted a corridor study of South Saginaw from Interstate 69 to Bristol Road, which included a strategy to enhance the quality of...

2012: St. Martha's Commons Community Vision

Authors: Lauren A. Chapman, Patrick D. Crawford, Michael R. French, Christopher T. Hughes, Yiming Li, Sharnese L Marshall, Melinda R. McIntosh, & Alexxa B. Young, Michigan State University

The St. Martha's Episcopal Church Project was a community-based effort to redevelop and repurpose a 22,000 square foot church located at 15801 Joy Road in Detroit. The church is a part of a commons area anchored by a senior citizen housing complex known as the Village of St. Martha's and...

2012: Cheboygan Port & Community Asset Inventory

Authors: Andrew Baglini, Brad Beck, Shiraz Gillani, Priyamvada Kayal, Matt Lafferty, Graham Malott, & Eric Phillips, Michigan State University

The short-term goal of this project was to provide the foundation for further development of existing ports by completing an inventory of port and community assets, as well as identifying opportunities and constraints, strategies for future activities, and opportunities for regional...

2012: Beecher Neighborhood Stabilization Plan

Authors: Austen T. Ayres, James E. Bonfiglio, Justin J. Dunn, Gentjan Heqimi, Ye Ji Kim, Hanbing Liang, Gino M. Piccirilli, & Raymond J. Whearley, Michigan State University

This project focused on the creation of a land use plan for a currently vacant area. It also included an evaluation of all aspects and characteristics of the area to determine the best re-usage, whether development, future green space, or recreational area.

Project Updated As Of...

2012: Alpena Port & Community Asset Inventory

Authors: Marc Coburn, Tatsuya Fukishige, Evan Gross, Corey Jackson, Mark Jones, Elizabeth Masserang, Michigan State University

The short-term goal of this project was to provide the foundation for further development of existing ports by completing an inventory of port and community assets, as well as identifying opportunities and constraints, strategies for future activities, and opportunities for regional...