NADO’s 2012 Innovation Awards recognized 64 projects from 22 states for their creative approaches to regional community and economic development, including the project described below. Click here for the full list of winners.
The Northwest Michigan Council of Governments helped coordinate the production of the Community Placemaking Guidebook of
approaches to the planning, design, and management of spaces that have local and regional importance. The guidebook is designed to empower local citizens and unique collaborative groups in communities across the region with critical approaches to creating and managing successful public spaces to promote local pride, identity, and economic prosperity. Placemaking tools included in the guidebook support the goals established in the Grand Vision, a citizen-led regional initiative for the future of land use, transportation, economic development, and environmental stewardship across six counties in northwest lower Michigan.