The Peter Principle is Alive and Well in Lansing
By Corinthian Scales, Section News
Posted on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 12:58:22 AM EST
Tags: Snyder, Rodney Stokes, a 'Placemaking' Czar ?, Smart Growth, Agenda 21, NASCO, NAU Corridor, DRIC-NITC, Light Rail boondoggles, Progressives, Michigan, DNR, Pig Forces, SS, Swine, Tyranny, Bakers, Small Farms (all tags)
Fresh off the State Newswire
LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today announced that Rodney Stokes will be the administration's point man on working with cities to help them become more vibrant and inviting by enhancing their existing resources. Stokes, who currently serves as Department of Natural Resources director, will leave that position to join the Executive Office.
"Michigan's cities are brimming with unique natural and man-made assets that can be cultivated in ways which attract families and visitors, retain talented workers, encourage investment and enhance our overall quality of life," Snyder said. "Rodney has the talent and experience to make that happen. His expertise in the areas of natural resources, outdoor recreation, policy development and civic engagement make him well suited to partner with cities in these efforts. A strong Michigan needs strong cities. Rodney's work will be key to that success and we're fortunate to have a person of his caliber at the forefront of this critical initiative."
As the governor's special adviser for city placemaking, Stokes will work with cities on projects such as ensuring the availability of quality green space and enhancing recreational opportunities.
Snyder emphasized the need for Michigan and its communities to adopt a "placemaking" mindset in his March 2011 Special Message to the Legislature on Local Government Reform. Placemaking recognizes that economic development and community development go hand in hand. It is a multifaceted approach that encourages a fresh look at the potential use of assets such as parks, downtowns, waterfronts, neighborhoods and buildings.
Yannow, seeing that Rodney did such a fine job with "feral" pigs, I really can't wait to see what dunderhead thing he does next as Gov Snydholm's specially created personal ICLEI Czar.