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Education Policy Fellowship Program

The Role of Local Control in Public Policy

January 4, 2016
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

During this seminar the Fellows will have an opportunity to examine the historical roots of the home rule and local control policies that continue to exercise such a force in our state. During the second part of the program we will examine the role of MSU’s Land Policy Institute, some current and future public and private land use challenges in Michigan, recommendations related to school siting and healthy communities, and some examples of land use policy conflicts involving local control.

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scorsone eric  Dr. Eric Scorsone
  Work Group Leader and Faculty Member
  Public Policy and Land Use Work Group
  Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics & MSUE Greening Michigan Institute
  College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  Michigan State University

Our policy expert for this discussion is Dr. Eric Scorsone, a faculty member in MSU's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Previously Eric served as Senior Economist for the Michigan Senate Fiscal Agency. His academic experience includes development of award winning extension programs as an Assistant Extension Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Kentucky in the areas of rural health economics and economic development. He also served as an Economist for the Colorado Governor's Office of State Planning and Budget and as a Senior Economist for the City of Aurora, Colorado. He received his Ph.D. in State and Local Public Finance from Colorado State University. He received his Master's degree from Michigan State University and a B.B.A. from Loyola University of Chicago. He has also worked on international development projects in Thailand, Macedonia and Indonesia and has taught at the University of Bologna, Italy and University of Valencia, Spain in public performance management. He has published in State and Local Government Review, Growth and Change, Journal of Appalachian Studies, Economic Development Quarterly, Journal of Federal Studies, Public Money and Management and International Review of Administrative Sciences. Dr. Scorsone is from Saginaw, MI and currently resides in DeWitt, MI.


WyckoffDr.Mark A. Wychoff,
Michigan State University Professor; Senior Associate Director,
Land Policy Institute; and
Director, Planning & Zoning Center at MSU Land Policy Institute

Mark A. Wyckoff is a driving force in the outreach services of the Planning & Zoning Center and the Land Policy Institute. He has more than 30 years of applied planning experience in Michigan at the state, regional, and local level, with most of it as a private consultant. Mark has also been an assistant professor of urban planning at MSU at various times, teaching both graduate and undergraduate students. He has a Bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and a Master's degree in Urban Planning from Michigan State University. Mark co-edited a book, published in 2011, entitled School Siting and Healthy Communities: Why Where We Invest in School Facilities Matters. The Land Policy Institute seeks to make a positive difference in addressing current and future public and private land use challenges in Michigan, the Midwest and beyond, through three focus areas (Placemaking & Regional Prosperity, Land & Planning and Land-Based Resources). The LPI works in partnership with groups on campus and outside of the university on research, outreach and education initiatives that enrich community, economic and family life through the development of effective land use policies, strategies and best practices.


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