This publication was funded through a grant from the Frey Foundation. The grant funded the “United Growth for Kent County – A Community-Based Approach to Sustainable Regional Development” project. This is a joint project of MSU Extension and MSU Center for Urban Affairs. This project links urban reinvestment efforts with farmland preservation and community planning efforts. For more information, contact: MSU-West 5 Lyon N.W. #110 Grand Rapids, MI 49503 (616)458-6805
Acknowledgements We would like to recognize the efforts of the many people involved in producing this manual. Without their help this manual would not be possible. Special regards to Carol Townsend, Director, Michigan State University Center for Urban Affairs, Grand Rapids, Michigan, for all her guidance, motivation, and patience throughout the semester. We would also like to thank the City of Grand Rapids’ staff Beth Byron, Kurt Mai, Steve Pierpoint, Susan Shannon, Kenneth Schilling and Dan Oegema. Rick Chapla of The Right Place was very helpful with information and resources. We appreciate the guidance and support received from Dr. Rex LaMore and Dr. Zenia Kotval. Last, we wish to express our appreciation to the many Neighborhood Association Directors who took time from their schedules to meet with us: Paul Haan of the Creston Neighborhood Association, Danielle Bult of the Garfield Park Neighborhoods Association, Peggy Watson of the South East End Neighborhood Association, and Sandy Stuckhardt of the West Grand Neighborhood Organization.