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Friday, August 20, 2010

NEMCOG Sustainable Communities Regional Project

On August 19, 2010, the Northeast Michigan Council of Governments (NEMCOG) held a meeting in Gaylord.  In addition to the normal business (budget, policy, grant review, etc) activity, Executive Director Diane Rekowski announced that NEMCOG is moving ahead on a regional planning grant through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), called the "Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Program."  This program will focus on six principles:

1.  More transportation choices
2.  Equitable, affordable housing
3.  Enhanced economic competitiveness
4.  Support for existing communities
5.  Coordinating policies and leverage investment
6.  Value communities and neighborhoods

On August 17, 2010, the City Council passed a resolution to participate in this NEMCOG project, and a formal coalition agreement is expected in 120 days.  If you are interested in this project, please contact me.

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