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The Grand Valley State University Metropolitan Strategy Intiative welcomes you to its official website.

The GVSU Land Metropolitan Strategy is a project of the Michigan Higher Education Land Policy (MIHELP) Consortium.  As consistent with the Land Policy Program established at Michigan State University were the initiative originated, we envision this initiative as a strategic approach to link with 10 programmatic areas that emerged from the State of Michigan’s Land Use Leadership Bipartisan Council appointed by Governor Granholm in 2004.  These programmatic thrusts (Revitalizing Michigan Cities, Market Solutions to Land Use Problems, Viable Agriculture for the Future, Sustaining Michigan’s Water and Natural Resources and Related Industries, Enhanced Planning and Coordination in Land Use Decision Making, Creating Healthy Communities, Equipping State Decision Makers in Land Use, Empowering Michigan’s Citizens in Land Use, Data Collection, Information, and Analysis for Improving Land Use Policy and National Leadership Profile) are part of a comprehensive approach to land policy in the state of Michigan.  Our aim is to link Grand Valley faculty, staff and programs engaged around the 10 programmatic areas with West Michigan Land Policy organizations and our consortium partners, Michigan State University and Wayne State University.

This site will house important GVSU and other West Michigan Metropolitan strategy research results, exemplar student research, profile faculty engagement in land policy, remind readers of upcoming events.  If you are seeking local experts in particular areas of land policy, please visit the GVSU expertise page to link with faculty and staff with specific competencies.  Working directly with stakeholders and assembling mulit-institutional, multi-disciplinary teams to pursue major competitive grants and deliver research that is relevant to effective metropolitan policy making and facilitates local intergovernmental cooperation.



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Go Solar Grand Rapids Seminar September 6th, 2008, 10:30a.m. 12:00p.m Schuler Books & Music, 3165 Alpine Ave NW # C Grand Rapids, MI 49544 The Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association 1-800-434-9788 or info@glrea.org
Land Use Networking Luncheon September 15th, 2008 at 11.30 AM - 1.30 PM Boulder Creek Golf Club, 5750 Brewer NE, Belmont, MI 49306 United Growth for Kent County 616/336-2028 or willsk@msu.edu
Natural Connections Summit – 2008 September 25th, 2008 at 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM The Pinnacle Center, Hudsonville, MI West Michigan Strategic Alliance

616.356.6060 or info@wm-alliance.org

8th Annual Korth Conservation Series

October 16th, 2008 at 7:30 a.m. - 10:00 AM

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park West Michigan Strategic Alliance (616) 451-9476 or lcwm@naturenearby.org
2008 Michigan Association of Planning Conference October 1st -4th, 2008 Radisson Hotel, Kalamazoo, MI Land Policy Institute, Michigan State University 517-432-8800
Go Solar Grand Rapids Seminar October 18th, 2008 Schuler Books & Music, 3165 Alpine Ave NW # C Grand Rapids, MI 49544 The Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association 1-800-434-9788 or  info@glrea.org
Presentation on Wind Energy October 21st, 2008 Kent/MSU Extension United Growth for Kent County 616-970-5278
Growing Communities Conference TBA


Grand Valley Metro Council Gayle McCrath mccrathg@gvmc.org 616.776.7613.
10th Annual Region IV Conference November 6-7, 2008

GVSU, Grand Rapids, Michigan

American Society for Public Administration

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Last updated: August 29, 2008 2:00 PM

GVSU Land Policy Initiative  
E-mail: jelierr@gvsu.edu  
244C DeVos Center  
Grand Rapids, MI 49504  
Phone: (616) 331-6578

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