TRAVERSE CITY—Michigan Governor Rick Snyder brought an inspiring message to the Grand Traverse region Friday about the importance of developing a sustainable, regionally based economy.
Speaking at the Hagerty Center, Governor Snyder said the Grand Traverse area is a statewide leader in working for that goal, and he praised the citizen-based Grand Vision process as the movement that is helping to make it happen.
“The Grand Vision leading to grand action is great stuff,” the governor said. “You need to keep it up. One of the things we are going to do at the state level is to encourage a real grouping of our state into micro-economies. You are doing that here…. and you can be a role model. You are further ahead than many other regions.”
|With MLUI Board Chair Craig Sharp looking on, Executive Director Hans Voss talks about the Institute’s mission during a reception at its Traverse City office for Governor Rick Snyder (left)|
Snyder’s Traverse City visit was initiated by MLUI Executive Director Hans Voss in reaction to several of the governor’s special messages to Michiganders and the Legislature. The governor highlighted issues that are key elements of the regional Grand Vision, including transportation, placemaking, and healthy food for children. The governor also specifically recognized the Grand Vision as a statewide model for regional collaboration in his first message.
“MLUI has had a longstanding relationship with Bill Rustem, now the governor’s strategy director, so I called him to suggest that we share some of the stories of success from our region directly with the governor,” Mr. Voss said. “He was quick to help us set this up.”
Governor Snyder had a full day of events, most of them coordinated by the Michigan Land Use Institute, in partnership with the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce and the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments.
His schedule included:
“It’s not about credit and it’s not about blame. It’s about results,” Mr. Snyder said, adding, “You can hear about these programs, but by coming here, you see real examples, and how they impact real people. This isn’t just something you read about. This is something you can see.”
“It’s about helping all Michiganders be successful,” he continued. “(Today) is a chance to celebrate successes and use them as role models to carry them to the next level.”
“Environmental sustainability, quality of life, and economic development—they are not separate silos,” he concluded. “It’s all a symbiotic relationship. It’s all how we win together, and how it all comes together.”
Glenn Puit is a policy specialist for the Michigan Land Use Institute. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.