The MSU Land Policy Institute and MSU Extension are offering free training workshops on the New Economy as part of the Michigan Prosperity Initiative (MPI). The workshops take place across Michigan beginning Monday, April 19 and continue through Wednesday, June 16, 2010. There are three levels of workshops: New Economy 101, 201, and 301. Each workshop is progressively more complex, with 101 being intended for general audiences (see descriptions at the end of this post).

As the workshops are free, space is limited – so be sure to register online in advance. There is a small charge for pre-printed handouts for those who are interested. These materials will also be available for download free of charge prior to the event for those who register for a training session(s). Dates, times and training locations are available in several formats (PDF and maps) at New Economy Training Schedules. Michigan Citizen Planner is offering Master Citizen Planner continuing education units (CEUs) for New Economy 201 and 301 for a nominal charge.

To learn more, visit Michigan Prosperity Initiative. For questions, contact MPI@landpolicy.msu.edu or call 517.432.8800 Ext. 100 or 877.436.0002 Ext. 100 (toll free).

New Economy 101:
Fundamentals of the New Economy
This two-hour program is for anyone with an interest in how Michigan got into its current economic circumstances, and what it will take to get out.

New Economy 201:
Place-Based Regional Economic Planning
This four-hour program is intended for those that attended New Economy 101, and professionals and representatives of key stakeholder groups who want to learn how to develop regional economic development strategies that are based on unique place-based assets.

New Economy 301:
Strategies to Bridge the Gap
This six-hour program is intended for those that attended the first two programs, and planning and economic development professionals who value training on underutilized economic analysis tools and how to apply them to concrete actions we need to take locally and regionally to improve prosperity in Michigan. Note: Lunch is on your own.

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