The Guide for Local Practice is the latest in a series of practice tools prepared in response to this challenge by the multidisciplinary Knowledge Economy Research Team of Michigan State University's Center for Community and Economic Development. These tools are intended to inform—and to help transform—local economic development planning and practice among communities. This Guide contains information that we hope will stimulate new ideas and help to reshape local processes, priorities and initiatives into new and more effective forms. The Guide builds upon prior work of the knowledge economy team examining implications of the knowledge economy for local planning and economic development practice in distressed communities.
Principal Author: Faron Supanich-Goldner, Contributors: Rex L. LaMore, John Melcher, Kenneth E. Corey, Mark Wilson, Diane Doberneck, and Steffen Hampe
This is handbook for all people. Whether you live in an older neighborhood, a suburb, a townhouse, or a Victorian mansion, your neighbors are part of the fabric of your life. They are real people who eat, sleep, play with their children and mow the lawns on their block. As a group, you and your neighbors form a community. Together, you share neighborhood assets like parks, churches, grocery stores and laundromats. Also, you share concerns such as neighborhood safety or a poorly maintained lot.
Written by Jeremiah Isgur; Artwork, graphics and layout by Julie Reynolds
This handbook is based on a study by Michigan State University that was conducted in Pontiac, Michigan, in 2006. The research finds that despite the fact that families desire to move outside of the city, their vouchers were often used in areas that are very similar by most social and economic measures to the areas from which they came.
Catherine Kuhn, Rex LaMore, and Karijn Nijhoff, with advice and guidance from Dr. Steve Gold and Dr. Joe Darden
Implementation Manual How to Get the Information You Need to Create and Maintain Local Community Wealth: A Self-Guided Handbook for Communities
Handbook Author Melissa S. Huber, CIEM Concept Author Rex L. LaMore, CIEM Development Team In Alphabetical Order Tim Akers, F. Sam Carter, Sharon Lerner, Joel Lichty, Cynthia Lidtke, John Melcher, Rene Perez Rosenbaum, Editorial Assistance Greg Starks, Kathy Smith, Special Thanks to: The volunteers from the communities of North Lansing, Southwest Detroit, and Hillman Township and Village in Michigan whose participation in pilot projects greatly contributed to the development of this manual.
The Creative Community Handbook The Creative Community Handbook: A Leap to Possibilities Thinking, June 2004
A project of the Michigan State University Community and Economic Development Program (CEDP) by LeRoy Harvey and John Victory, Illustrations by Kathryn Darnell, Special thanks to Gretchen Archer, Christine Egger, Frank Fear, Elise Harvey, Ed Groves, Geoff Habron, Patti Kenny, Rex LaMore, Ralph Levine, Terry Link, John Melcher, Carole Robinson, Deanna Rozdilsky, Faron Supanich-Goldner, and Lela Vandenberg.
Individual Development Accounts Manual Individual Development Accounts and Credit Unions: A Program Design Manual
A Manual for Credit Unions Exploring the Feasibility of and Taking the Steps to Create Individual Development Accounts by Susan Cocciarelli, Specialist Mary Corser-Carlson, Consultant Dewey Lawrence, Project Manager Patricia Wood, VISTA Liaison
This manual is meant to help you and your community develop a local vision and action plan toward a sustainable community. It includes practical methods and examples to help integrate "the three Es" economy, environment, and equity as we grow.
The Project Team, LeRoy Harvey, Rex LaMore, Ralph Levine, John Melcher, Kurt Norgaard, Jack Rozdilsky, a special thanks to the members of the Michigan Association of Regions, Dr. David Cooper, and William Garfield for their suggestions in the development of this publication.