Phase I: Michigan State’s Cool Cities Initiative

September 19, 2003: Governor Jennifer Granholm launches Cool City initiative

Inspired by Richard Florida’s Rise of the Creative Class: And How It’s Transforming Work, Leisure, Community and Everyday Life, Governor Granholm has asked 250 Michigan mayors to form advisory groups and design plans to attract this creative class.

The ideas from these advisory groups will be presented to the statewide advisory panel consisting of representatives from 30 of those cities. The panel will then use that information to help the Governor form a statewide plan to actively assist cities in attracting the creative class.

December 11-12: Cool Cities Conference

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