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Idlewild, Michigan Transformation Initiative

Community Cultural Economic Development Readiness Organization and Roles

Vision: Assist Yates Township citizens and property owners in preserving, restoring and developing Idlewild, Michigan, a National Register Historic District and Enterprise Community, as a national rural retreat, resort and tourism destination.

Goal: Help Yates Township achieve prosperity by leveraging Idlewild, Michigan's natural environment, historic buildings and sites, cultural heritage, creative talent and other assets to spur financial investment and economic growth.

OBJECTIVES:

  1. State of Michigan Due Diligence - work as an inter-agency team to inventory, assess and leverage state holdings and assets for creation of a coordinated stewardship agenda
  2. Community Engagement - engage Idlewild/Yates Township civic leaders, community residents and stakeholders in public dialogue and planning to improve community cohesion and stability, and develop a new transformative vision for Idlewild, Michigan
  3. Technical Assistance - work as an inter-agency team, with consultants/partners/advisors, to assist community transformation
  4. Strategic Planning - work in collaboration with the Idlewild/Yates Township civic leaders, community residents and stakeholders to craft a comprehensive transformative economic development (master) plan (including historic landscape management plan and wayfinding assessment)
  5. Funding - assist Idlewild/Yates Township government and community-based organizations identify and secure financial resources (i.e., grants, gifts, loans and incentives) to support master plan implementation (including short-term and long-term strategic signature projects) and community transformation
  6. Marketing - work as an inter-agency team, with consultants/partners/advisors, to market Idlewild, Michigan as a high-value cultural tourism destination

ROLES:

Co-Chairs
Provide leadership on behalf of the Governor

Governor-Appointed Advisory Committee (i.e., commission, panel or task force of influential stakeholders)
Serves as an advisory body to the Governor and Co-Chairs to foster the revitalization, preservation and celebration of Idlewild, Michigan

  • Assist and support creation of a 'transformational vision' for Idlewild, Michigan
  • Assist development, monitor and assess transformation efforts and return on investment
  • Foster best practices
  • Promote regional cooperation and the benefits of cultural economic development to quality of life and community prosperity
  • Help identify, secure and leverage resources
  • Provide public information

Inter-Agency Transformation Team (Representation from participating state agencies/departments and others) Serve as a forum for state agency discussion, policy development and implementation, collaboration and programming/services synergy

Planning Assistance Team (HAL, MDOT, MEDC, MSHDA)
Serves as a sub-committee to the Inter-Agency Transformation Team focused on Idlewild economic development (master) plan development, offering planning oversight, technical assistance and resources (i.e., funding and services) to Yates Township and/or the Transformation Partnership

Transformation Partnership Facilitators (State Agency Captain, Local Community Captain, and Agency Co-Leaders) Facilitate Transformation Partnership activities

  • Organize, convene and administer the Transformation Partnership
  • Help facilitate Partner participation
  • Facilitate "cutting of red tape" to expedite implementation
  • Monitor, document and assess Partnership progress
  • Report partnership progress to the Inter-Agency Transformation Team and Community

Transformation Partnership
Serves as a forum for 'on-the-ground' planning and soliciting transformative projects, formulating requests for resources (i.e., funding and services) from state agencies/departments and other partners, and performance measurement

Transformation Tool Box
Networked resources (i.e., funding and services) that may be available to support economic development (master)a plan and partnership implementation

Examples:

  • HAL MCACA Arts and Cultural Grants
  • MDOT Enhancement Grants
  • HAL Historic Preservation Tax Credits
  • DNR Programs
  • HAL MCACA Rural Arts and Culture Program
  • MEDC CBDG Funds
  • SBA Loans
  • Summer Youth Program
  • Michigan Humanities Council Grants
  • Department of Corrections (services)
  • MSHDA CAT Team
  • MSU Extension
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • U.S. Forest Service

Transformation Committees (Community and Partnership Representatives)
Serve as a forum for highly-focused 'on-the-ground' dialogue, needs assessment, and planning as sub-committees to the Transformation Partnership