The Land Information Access Association (LIAA) is a
501(c)(3) nonprofit community service organization.
Helping people shape better communities through participation, education, information and the effective use of technology.
Leveraging Trails for Community and Economic Development
Once considered undesirable and unnecessary infrastructure, trails have instead proved to be valuable amenities for most communities. Trails not only increase nearby property values, they contribute to a vibrant sense of place and offer new economic development potential. Check out our take on “Trail Towns
” in this Michigan Township News cover story by LIAA planner Harry Burkholder
Michigan's Great Lakes Water Trails
Paddling Michigan's Beautiful Coastline
LIAA is working with Michigan Sea Grant
and coastal communities all over the state to catalog and digitally map Great Lakes water trails. The information will be displayed on a new website to give residents and visitors alike a common starting point to access localized water trail info for Michigan’s Great Lakes coasts. This project is supported by Michigan’s Coastal Management Program
100 Women Who Care Give Big Boost to Fresh Food Partnership
Thanks to the 100 Women Who Care!
The Grand Traverse and Leelanau County chapter of 100 Women Who Care
contributed over $19,000
to the Fresh Food Partnership
, boosting efforts to fight hunger and support local agriculture in northwest Michigan. This generous donation will be reinvested in local farms to provide healthy, locally grown food to pantries, shelters and meals programs in northwest Michigan. The funding will enable the Fresh Food Partnership to purchase approximately 24,500 pounds
of fresh, nutritious, locally grown food for families in need.
Website Designed by LIAA Recognized with Prestigious National Trailblazer Award
A collaborative regional tourism website designed by LIAA has again received top national honors for helping to support economic growth and community sustainability along Michigan’s Lake Huron coast. On the heels of an Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO), the Northeast Michigan Council of Governments (NEMCOG) received NADO's Trailblazer Award for the US 23 Heritage Route program, a six-county collaboration that works to promote coastal northeast Michigan along the 200-mile-long US 23 Heritage Route corridor. Visit the site and learn more at www.heritage23.org.
Ecorse Emerges: LIAA Documentary Tells a Story of Hope as Citizens Prepare for an End to Emergency Financial Management
LIAA has produced a short documentary film detailing the development of a citizen-led vision for the City of Ecorse
as the downriver Detroit community prepares to emerge from emergency financial management. “Ecorse Emerges
” is a 24-minute film chronicling an intensive community visioning process designed and facilitated by LIAA in cooperation with the Michigan Municipal League
(MML) and community leaders. The process, known as Envision Ecorse
, brought community residents together to define a shared vision and set goals for the future of Ecorse. The citizen-led effort will help guide the actions of public officials, civic leaders and others well into the future, providing a foundation for the city’s transition away from emergency management and providing a blueprint for for civic engagement in communities across Michigan. Read the news release
, a great post from the Economics of Place blog
, and this op-ed from the Detroit News
Envision Ecorse! A Community Conversation about the Future of Ecorse (includes video)
LIAA and the Michigan Municipal League (MML)
facilitated a community-wide conversation about the future of the City of Ecorse
in southeast Michigan. Community residents worked together to define a shared vision and future-oriented goals for the city. With citizen support, the vision and goals will help encourage and guide the actions of city council members, public officials, civic leaders and others well into the future. Check out the Envision Ecorse video
we made to celebrate the kick-off of the project!
The Economics of Place: The Value of Building Communities Around People
LIAA's expertise is tapped in a book that presents a compelling path to restoring and building prosperity in Michigan communities. Published by the Michigan Municipal League, “The Economics of Place” includes expert perspectives from researchers, entrepreneurs, practitioners and urbanists on the importance of place and its vital role as an economic growth strategy. Dr. Joe VanderMeulen, executive director of LIAA, contributed a chapter on placemaking and resilient communities.
More LIAA News...
Make your own TV programming and videos! The UpNorth Media Center, housed at LIAA, provides media training, equipment, webcasting and cablecasting to residents of northwest Michigan.
Fight hunger and support local agriculture with LIAA's Fresh Food Partnership
. This fantastic initiative purchases fresh produce from local farmers and distributes it through local food pantries. It's easy to get involved
Visit LIAA's Partnerships for Change Program to learn more about innovative cooperative planning efforts being implemented statewide.