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About MiCNU | History and Mission

CNU Michigan is a nonprofit corporation that was organized and created on July 9, 2008. The Founding Members included professionals and academics well-known for their work and studies in the New Urbanism movement. We now have members from all regions of Michigan and Southwest Ontario. Our current board members are located in Traverse City, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Flint, Ann Arbor, Detroit, and Windsor. We also collaborate with our neighboring chapters in Ontario, IllinoisWisconsin, and the Midwest Chapter, which represents several of our neighbors.

CNU Michigan was originally organized for educational purposes, and our purpose and mission continues to focus on the following:

  1. To organize and produce meetings, conferences, workshops, and other forms of technical assistance dedicated to the refinement and dissemination of the principles and techniques of New Urbanism, and particularly as they relate to Michigan, Midwest, and Ontario issues.

  2. To produce and distribute written documents and audiovisual materials recording the conference proceedings and other educational programs, for the purpose of educating the public and planning profession about New Urbanism.

  3. To further advance the smart principles of New Urbanism through networking and publicity avenues, including social media and in-person networking events.

In its initial five years as an active organization, CNU Michigan accomplished a variety of initiatives. The most notable is the publication of a book, Form-Based Codes in 7-Steps; co-sponsorship of a conference on transportation issues; and hosting networking events throughout the state. In 2016 we were the proud hosts of the CNU 24 Detroit Congress, which attracted one of the highest attendances on record.

Welcome to the MiCNU Chapter, and let us know how we can improve to help you get the most out of the organization and the movement!

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