1. Michigan State and University of Michigan Partner to Develop COVID-19 Fiscal Strategy

    Mark Rivett posted June 23, 2020

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    The Michigan State University Extension Center for Local Government Finance and Policy and Michigan State University Extension (MSUE), both in East Lansing, are partnering with finance experts from around the state to produce fiscal strategy memos and guides to assist local governments in navigating the new environment produced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The first resource memos cover topics such as budget strategies using federal CARES Act funds, strategies for short- and long-term fiscal sustainability, strategies for managing operating expenses and spending cuts, and the potential effects on property taxes.

    Stephanie Leiser

    Stephanie Leiser; Ford School Lecturer in Public Policy

    “This crisis, combined with the ongoing municipal funding challenges in Michigan, will require an even greater effort on behalf of local officials and administrators to quickly assess resources, respond to changing policies and legislation, and develop the tools and insights to maintain sustainable operations and budgets,” says Stephanie Leiser, leader of CLOSUP’s Local Fiscal Health project.

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  2. Wolverine Caucus: Re-Opening Michigan: Operating safely and efficiently amid the pandemic

    Mark Rivett posted May 22, 2020

    Friday, May 22, 2020

    Via Zoom
    10:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

    Public Engagement Artice and Video Here

    The coronavirus pandemic creates a set of complex, unanticipated challenges for businesses and organizations. The Wolverine Caucus will feature Dr. Scott Page and his partnership with the MI Economic Growth Institute working to assist with planning a safe reopening for businesses, municipalities and other organizations. Dr. Page's guidelines are intended for both leaders and teams in structuring work flow to reduce physical contacts, and for team members wanting to create work lives that maintain a shared sense of mission in spite of limitations or prohibitions on physical connections. Bruce Barron will provide his experiences and how his company is utilizing UM resources to ensure Barron Industries Inc. has a public health informed re-opening.

    Dr. Page's guidelines are intended for both leaders and teams in structuring work flow to reduce physical contacts, and for team members wanting to create work lives that maintain a shared sense of mission in spite of limitations or prohibitions on physical connections.

    Dr. Scott Page,
    John Seely Brown Distinguished University Professor of Complexity, Social Science, and Management

    Scott Page is the John Seely Brown Distinguished University Professor of Complexity, Social Science, and Management at the University of Michigan. He is also the Williamson family Professor of Business Administration, professor of management and organizations, Stephen M. Ross School of Business; professor of political science, professor of complex systems, and professor of economics, LSA.

    Scott is also an external faculty member of the Santa Fe Institute. In addition to his departmental appointments, Scott holds a faculty associate position at the Institute for Social Research.

    In addition to his academic pursuits, Scott is a highly sought after speaker and frequently gives talks on complex systems to non academic audiences on diversity and on complexity and has consulted on projects ranging from the possibility of panic at Y2K and the demand for movies, to the economic impact of the World Cup.

    Vikesh Chandrashekar,
    Project Manager, Economic Growth Institute

    Vikesh Chandrashekar is a Project Manager at the Economic Growth Institute at the University of Michigan. Under the First Customer Program he supports tech entrepreneurs and start-ups across Michigan by addressing critical gaps in technology commercialization and new-customer acquisition. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a Masters in Industrial and Operations Engineering after completing his B.E in Mechanical Engineering.

    Bruce Barron,
    President and CEO, Barron Industries Inc.

    A 1983 graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a BS in Chemistry. Started career with the Stepan Chemical Company in Northfield, IL before joining the family metal casting and machining business, Barron Industries, in Oxford, MI in 1984.

    Over 35 years of metalcasting and machining experience in sales, engineering, operations and Senior level management. Former Chairman of the Investment Casting division of the American Foundryman’s society, member of the Investment Casting Institute, Vice-Chair of the Oakland Schools Regional Advisory Committee.

    Currently serving on the boards of the Catholic Foundation of Michigan, St Catherine of Siena Academy and past Board Chair of Notre Dame Prep and Marist Academy in Pontiac MI.

  3. Midland dam failures, flooding and evacuations: U-M experts available

    Mark Rivett posted May 21, 2020

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    Thousands of central Michigan residents living along the Tittabawassee River are evacuating after rapidly rising waters overtook dams there. The Michigan governor warned that downtown Midland could be under about 9 feet of water Wednesday. The evacuations come as Michigan remains under a stay-at-home order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

    University of Michigan experts are available to discuss various aspects of this situation.

    Richard K. Norton

    Professor, Urban and Regional Planning Program, Program in the Environment

    734-474-4052, rknorton@umich.edu

    Richard Norton, professor of urban and regional planning, trains local officials and residents on coastal management to help them better understand the threats posed by climate change, especially when building near Great Lakes coastlines and within floodplains.

    Allen Burton

    Professor, SEAS and the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences

    937-272-9577, burtonal@umich.edu

    Allen Burton is a professor of environment and sustainability and of earth and environmental sciences, director of U-M’s Institute for Global Change Biology, and editor-in-chief of the journal Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry.

    Sue Anne Bell

    Assistant Professor, Department of Systems, Populations and Leadership

    734-272-5515, sabell@umich.edu

    Sue Anne Bell is an assistant professor of nursing and expert on disaster response, community health and emergency care.

    Ben van der Pluijm

    Bruce R. Clark Collegiate Professor of Geology and Professor of the Environment

    734-678-1397, vdpluijm@umich.edu, vdpluijm55 (Skype)

    Ben van der Pluijm, a geologist and professor of earth and environmental sciences, is an expert on the societal impacts of geohazards.

    Drew Gronewold

    Associate Professor of Environment and Sustainability

    919-452-6593, drewgron@umich.edu

    Drew Gronewold, a hydrologist and associate professor of environment and sustainability, says the floodwaters in Midland will eventually flow into Saginaw Bay, contributing to ongoing record-high Great Lakes water levels. He can discuss historical, current and future Great Lakes water levels, including the hydrologic conditions that contribute to water level variability.

    Amy Schulz

    Professor, Health Behavior & Health Education


    Amy Schulz, professor of health behavior and health education, can discuss the impact of the floods on low-income residents. Her research focuses on social factors that contribute to health with a particular focus on social and physical environmental factors and their effects on health, health equity and urban health.

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