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Bringing Michigan’s land bank leaders together in rural Marquette County

Written by on July 18, 2016
Participants at Learning Exchange

Land bank leaders gathered in Marquette, Michigan, last month, on June 13-14th, for the third annual Michigan Land Bank Leadership Summit. The event drew over 40 participants, representing over 20 land banks. This year, the Michigan Association of Land Banks also invited participants from counties interested in starting a land bank to join the discussion…

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July 2016 Michigan Legislative Update

Written by on July 7, 2016
Big July MI Leg Update July

This is our monthly legislative update tailored for Michiganders who work on challenges related to vacancy, abandonment, and community development. We’re tracking bills in the state legislature to help you stay in the loop on relevant policy activity! To see an updated list of all legislation we’re tracking and the status of each bill, click here (PDF).  …

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June 2016 Michigan Legislative Update

Written by on June 6, 2016
Partial snapshot of Legislative Update: View full update here (PDF)

This is our monthly legislative update tailored for Michiganders who work on challenges related to vacancy, abandonment, and community development. We’re tracking bills in the state legislature to help you stay in the loop on relevant policy activity! To see an updated list of all legislation we’re tracking and the status of each bill, click here (PDF).  

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May 2016 Michigan Legislative Update

Written by on May 6, 2016
Partial snapshot of  Legislative Update: View full update here (PDF)

This is our monthly legislative update tailored for Michiganders who work on challenges related to vacancy, abandonment, and community development. We’re tracking bills in the state legislature to help you stay in the loop on relevant policy activity! To see an updated list of all legislation we’re tracking and the status of each bill, click here (PDF).  

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This Tax Day, making the case for property tax reform in Detroit

Written by on April 15, 2016
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  Ineffective property tax systems can have a detrimental community impact. They weaken the delivery of services that improve quality of life for local residents – from essential functions like public safety, to supportive services like enforcement of property maintenance standards. Many of the cities that we work in face a shrinking population, widespread property…

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April 2016 Michigan Legislative Update

Written by on April 1, 2016
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This is our monthly legislative update tailored for Michiganders who work on challenges related to vacancy, abandonment, and community development. We’re tracking bills in the state legislature to help you stay in the loop on relevant policy activity! To see an updated list of all legislation we’re tracking and the status of each bill, click here (PDF).  

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March 2016 Michigan Legislative Update

Written by on March 4, 2016
Michigan State Capitol (Credit: Jan Davis Ruthig)

This is our monthly legislative update tailored for Michiganders who work on challenges related to vacancy, abandonment, and community development. We’re tracking bills in the state legislature to help you stay in the loop on relevant policy activity! Details on key movements on bills since our last update are below. NEW FEATURE: To see an…

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February 2016 Michigan Legislative Update

Written by on February 2, 2016
Michigan State Capitol (Credit: Jan Davis Ruthig)

This is our monthly legislative update tailored for Michiganders who work on challenges related to vacancy, abandonment, and community development. We’re tracking bills in the state legislature to help you stay in the loop on relevant policy activity! The Michigan legislature reconvened after the holidays on Wednesday, January 13th, to kick off the second half…

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Michigan Legislative Update – 2015 Year in Review

Written by on December 18, 2015
Michigan State Capitol (Credit: Jan Davis Ruthig)

This is our monthly legislative update tailored for Michiganders who work on challenges related to vacancy, abandonment, and community development. We’re tracking bills in the state legislature to help you stay in the loop on relevant policy activity! Since our November 2015 update, two new bills of interest were introduced (see Senate Bill 673 under…

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Two new resources to inform short- and long-term vacant land reuse

Written by on November 23, 2015
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When it comes to vacant land reuse, perhaps no other city in the nation faces as great of a challenge and as much of an opportunity as Detroit. Currently, Detroit has an inventory of more than 100,000 vacant parcels without buildings. In terms of land mass, that’s around 20 square miles of empty land, roughly…

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