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Poverty in Michigan's Cities PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 25 January 2009 19:09
Michigan's cities have dealt with the issue of poverty for years. Recently, however, there have been drastic increases in the amount of people living below the poverty level in Michigan's cities. In 2007, 33.8 percent of Detroit residents lived below the poverty level, while 14 percent of Michigan residents did. The poverty is defined as $20,650 for a family of four.

Michigan Economic Development Corporation PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 18 January 2009 18:29
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) was founded in 1999 by the State of Michigan and local communities to help businesses that wanted to grow in Michigan. The corporation, today, assists with everything from job training grants to permits for tax abatements. With access to financing through Michigan's $2 billion 21st Century Jobs Fund, the MEDC holds a great deal of potential for improving Michigan's business climate.

Detroit Urban Agriculture PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 13 December 2008 20:44

Urban Agriculture is becoming more popular is cities across America, and has made a substantial impact on Detroit.   Urban agriculture in Detroit provides thousands of pounds of produce for Detroit families while also improving community relations.  Neighbors work together to turn vacant lots into thriving gardens that help improve the appearance of the community while providing food for hundreds of people.

Michigan Cool Cities Initiative PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 31 October 2008 21:05
The Michigan Cool Cities Initiative is a project aimed at revitalizing cities in Michigan to make them more vibrant and energetic.  It is Michigan's version of the national interest on improving cities to appeal to the "creative class", a term coined by author Richard Florida.  The goal is to have cities that will attract jobs, opportunities, and recent college graduates.  If cities can provide an appealing environment, safe surroundings, multiculturalism, and a variety of programs, they are more likely to attract a talented, diverse, young workforce. Michigan is aiming to retain more of its recent graduates and even attract graduates from other states.  According to a survey by the U.S. Census Bureau more than 33,000 young adults left Southeastern Michigan from 2000-2002.  The Michigan Cool Cities Initiative is an attempt to significantly reduce this number in the future.
General Law and Charter Townships in Michigan PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 10 October 2008 00:00

Townships are a form of local government rooted deep in Michigan's history. They were established by the Michigan Constitution, and Michigan is now one of 20 states that have township governments. There are currently 1,242 townships in Michigan, where over half of Michigan residents reside. According to 2000 Census, Michigan townships range in population from 10 to 95,648 residents.

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