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Michigan State University Extension
21885 Dunham Road, Suite 12, Clinton Township, MI 48036
(586) 469-6440

Public Policy

Financial Best Practices Webinar

Budgeting for Fiscal Sustainability


Michigan communities have experienced fiscal instability for a number of reasons, including the economic downturn resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. This webinar will provide best practices for local government fiscal health, including budgeting, long-term planning, dealing with uncertainty, and financial policies and procedures.

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Statewide Ballot Proposal Forum

Know Your Vote:


Still deciding how you’re going to vote in November on Michigan’s two statewide ballot proposals?

Free, live webinar forums are coming in October.  Keep checking the link below for updated information.  The "white paper" proposal language can be found through the link.

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Citizen Planner - Coming Early 2021

Local Planning Commissioners and Zoning Boards of Appeals are often called upon to make important decisions to guide growth and development of their communities.  


Issues surrounding land use planning and regulation, and the tools and techniques available within Michigan to address them have become increasingly complex.

Michigan State University Extension's Citizen Planner Program was developed to address the basic, ongoing  training needs of citizens appointed to serve on local land use planning bodies.  The statewide program is being made available, in part, by funding support from People and Land.  The Program is delivered at the the local level in conjunction with county MSU Extension offices.  The Citizen Planner Program's objective is to equip volunteer community leaders with the technical knowledge and leadership skills needed to perform their duties more effectively and responsibly.  Macomb County MSU Extension staff worked with a committee of area residents, public officials and professionals to develop a program customized for the Macomb County area.

Certification is given after completion of seven "core" courses. Call 586-469-6440 for more information.