MCRP Threatened by Two House of Representative Bills

There is a significant risk to our work in historic preservation  from two bills currently being proposed by some of the leaders in the Michigan House of Representatives in light of the defeat of the roads ballot initiative. These leaders have introduced bills (HB 4607 and 4608, attached below) that threaten to undo the work to restore the buildings of Michigan.

The bills propose paying for roads through a combination of major cuts to programs like the Earned Income Tax Credit as well as very aggressive assumptions on future growth in state tax revenues. But, most relevant to Michigan development is that the bills decimate the MEDC, defunding its operational budget and removing nearly half of its programmatic dollars. It removes $185 million in total from the MEDC’s budget!  If these bills were to become law, the MEDC’s work with universities, accelerators, the venture capital community, the foundation community, local economic development agencies and others would simply cease. The bills even threaten Pure Michigan, the most successful marketing program in the history of the state.

Included in those programs that would face defunding is the Michigan Community Revitalization Program (MCRP).  The MCRP was established as an incentive program available from the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF), in cooperation with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). The program is designed to promote community revitalization through the provision of grants, loans or other economic assistance for eligible investment projects.  The program leverages historic preservation projects as a priority for MCRP funding, a smart economical choice across the states’ vast architectural treasures, and has directly aligned with the state’s leadership on place-making initiatives to invigorate local economies around the entire state.

With the passage of these bills, the MEDC’s incentive programs, as we know them, would cease to exist. So would work on the pipeline of new opportunities that Michigan is competing for, against other states.

There is a public hearing of the Roads and Economic Development Committee to discuss House Bills 4607 and 4608 scheduled for Tuesday, May 26 in Room 352, House Appropriations, State Capitol Building, Lansing, MI.

For more information about the hearing follow the link below:

Even if you can not attend the hearing – please consider reaching out to your legislators regarding the long-term, negative impact these bills would have on the economic development activities currently underway to revitalize and strengthen the State of Michigan.

Not sure who your State Representative is?  Find out here.

The Governor has proposed a budget that would preserve funding for economic development and the Senate has largely done the same. To date the House has, unfortunately, taken a position so extreme that it is barely fathomable, given the tenuous nature of the economic recovery we’ve experienced in the last five years.

HB 4607   HB 4608



Michigan Historic Preservation Network
– National Trust for Historic Preservation

Position Announcement

Detroit [MI] Preservation Specialist

The Michigan Historic Preservation Network and the National Trust for Historic Preservation are seeking a historic preservation professional for the position of Preservation Specialist in Detroit, Michigan.

The Preservation Specialist will work for both MHPN and NTHP organizations and provide direct services in the city of Detroit to support historic preservation efforts in connection with ongoing revitalization efforts. The Preservation Specialist will work with nonprofit organizations, local preservationists, Detroit’s city staff and elected officials and other stakeholders to ensure that plans for vacant buildings and blighted neighborhoods are accomplished in a thoughtful and participatory way that considers the historic merit of neighborhoods and landmarks. This will be accomplished by increasing the capacity of local preservation focused organizations, growing public involvement; strengthening alliances, and expanding collaborative efforts and preservation infrastructure.

Required qualifications:

  • Demonstrated work style of accomplishing deliverables, maintaining accountability and “getting things done.”
  • Finds potential opportunities and builds creative and/or innovative solutions
  • Team player, internally and externally
  • Polished presentation skills
  • Sense of humor

The ideal candidate has excellent written and verbal communication skills, the skill to develop strong working relationships with a wide range of agencies and organizations, and the ability to prioritize a large number of tasks and responsibilities. In addition to knowledge of historic preservation process and procedures, experience in neighborhood housing services, community organizing, preservation law, organizational development, planning, development, government, and outreach and advocacy strengthens a candidacy. Strong computer skills using applications of Microsoft Office products are critical. An undergraduate degree is required, with a degree in preservation or a related field preferred. A master’s degree is desirable.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, three professional related references and a preservation-related writing sample by COB Friday, February 20, 2015 to:

Nancy Finegood, Executive Director
Michigan Historic Preservation Network
313 E. Grand River Avenue
Lansing, MI 48906

or by email to:
Please indicate in subject line: Detroit Preservation Specialist

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2015 AIA Michigan and MIplace “MISSING MIDDLE” Michigan Housing Design Competition

An open Design Competition intended to spur the development of creative, mixed-income, and affordable “Missing Middle” Michigan Housing Developments in our State’s Downtowns and along key transit corridors.


As the demand for living in urban environments continues to strengthen across the State of Michigan, the need to accommodate the growing contemporary housing market has become much more apparent. While certain types of housing have been developed to meet the demand, such as adaptive re-use conversions and higher density single-family residential projects, there are still a number of housing typologies that have not been commonly built. This “Missing Middle” Housing type is one that consists of very affordable medium density residential units, typically inserted into tight sites in previously developed areas and within pedestrian-oriented environments.


Prizes and Recognition: The top 1st place winning entry across all three sites, as determined by the jury, will receive the top cash prize of $10,000.00.  Additional cashes prizes will be awarded by the jury not to exceed $5,000.00. The competition’s winning entries and designers to receive broad public exposure in Michigan and they will be recognized and celebrated at one or more significant industry events in 2015.


Upcoming Deadlines:

Timely Registration Deadline: Monday, March 16, 2015, 4:00pm EDT
Late Registration (+50%) Deadline: Monday, April 6, 2015, 4:00pm EDT
Submission Deadline: Monday, May 11, 2015, 4:00pm EDT
Winners Advised: Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Awards Symposium (Tentative): June 25, 2015, Location TBA

For more information visit our website

 For Registration: Click here

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Emilie Evans, MHPN and National Trust for Historic Preservation Specialist, Accepts opportunity with PlaceEconomics as the Director of Rightsizing Cities Initiative
Cranbrook - Emilie Evans and Nancy Finegood 2

It is with mixed feelings that we announce Emilie Evans, who has served as Detroit Preservation Specialist since May 2013, will be moving on from MHPN and the National Trust at the end of March. Emilie will be joining PlaceEconomics as the Director of the Rightsizing Cities Initiative. In her time with MHPN and the Trust, Emilie has accomplished so much, including her work on the Detroit Historic Resource Survey, Jefferson-Chalmers Preservation Demonstration Project, and Vacant Not Blighted video, as well as numerous other projects. While we will miss Emilie’s passion for historic preservation and enthusiasm for Detroit, we are excited for her future venture and we plan to keep Emilie involved with MHPN through new and ongoing Detroit projects moving forward.

Ellen Thackery, MHPN and the National Trust Southeast Michigan Field Representative, will be increasing her time in Detroit as we look to once again fill the position of Detroit Preservation Specialist.

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