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2013-08-22 / Opinions

Rep. Brown conducts introductory town hall on placemaking

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Terry Brown Terry Brown HARBOR BEACH — State Representative Terry Brown (DPigeon) hosted an introductory town hall on placemaking yesterday at the Harbor Beach District Library in Harbor Beach. Arnold Weinfeld, director of Strategic Initiatives and president of the Michigan Municipal League Foundation, was the guest speaker at the event.

“The path to economic prosperity is different now than it was 50 years ago. Communities need to continue to work together, making use of their assets and amenities to build the places that people and business want to be in. The communities in the Thumb region have built-in advantages at the ready, not the least of which include water, agriculture, and tourism,” Weinfeld said.

City officials, business owners and representatives from local chambers of commerce also were in attendance.

“What draws businesses and people to areas is a sense of community - when residents really care about where they live and have a stake in it,” Brown said. “That is what placemaking is all about, and I hope we can engage in more people-oriented development here in the Thumb and across Michigan.”

Placemaking is an approach to public planning and community development that focuses on making cities and towns attractive places to live, work and play. The town hall was intended to introduce the concept of placemaking to residents and business owners in the Thumb. Brown intends to be a part of another event centered around placemaking this fall.

Brown bio

State Representative Terry Brown is serving his third term representing Michigan’s 84th House District, which comprises Huron and Tuscola counties.

Brown lives in Pigeon with his wife, Carol. They have three children: Teresa, Bryan and Christopher.

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