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Workgroup charged with proposing long-term, sustainable and equitable funding solutions for Michigan’s Infrastructure 

DETROIT, Mich., Sept. 27., 2023—The Infrastructure and Places workgroup of the Growing Michigan Together Council is holding a field hearing from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27 at Wayne State University. This event is not open to the public, but the community is invited to tune in to the field hearing via livestream.

The field hearing will allow experts to answer questions and share data, policy solutions and lessons learned from across the state and country for workgroup members’ consideration as they prepare to share recommendations with the Growing Michigan Together Council in October. 

Experts participating in the Infrastructure and Places field hearing include Ron Howse, president and founder of Real Deal Development Group; William Linville, project manager and urban designer for the City of Charlotte, NC; Alex Lofton, co-founder and president of Landed; Kimberly Andrews Espy, president of Wayne State University; and others.

“Improving Michigan’s infrastructure and creating dynamic downtown communities are important aspects of attracting and retaining talent,” said Michigan’s Chief Infrastructure Officer Hilary Doe. “People want to live in states that have clean and safe drinking water, affordable housing, and 21st-century bridges and roads that are built to withstand the test of time. The Infrastructure and Places workgroup will discuss these important topics and more to ensure their recommendations to the Council in October align with Michigander’s needs.”

The Growing Michigan Together Council includes four workgroups: 1) Infrastructure 2) Jobs, Talent and Economy, 3) PreK-12 Education 4) Higher Education. The workgroup members were selected among hundreds of highly qualified candidates to represent diversity among Michiganders broadly and aim to encourage a bipartisan voice to make necessary recommendations for the state’s future. 

The Infrastructure and Places workgroup is charged with proposing long-term, sustainable and equitable funding solutions for Michigan’s multi-modal transportation systems and aging water infrastructure network. The workgroup will consider the need for sustainable investment as more fuel-efficient vehicles emerge, propose solutions to create attainable housing options for every income bracket and give recommendations on creating investment-ready sites across the state.

The Infrastructure and Places workgroup is led by Terry Lynn Land, a current member of the Wayne State University Board of Governors and a former two-term Michigan Secretary of State, and Regine Beauboeuf, senior vice president and program equity advisory at HNTB corporation. A complete list of workgroup members can be found here

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Rachel Felice