MSU's Land Policy Institute Develops Strategies for Regional Growth
Scott G. Witter
The MSU Land Policy Institute (LPI) is devoted to basic and applied research, as well as community engagement, in the critical areas of land use, land policy, and strategic regional planning. As a basic resource of society, land—and its management—have become key in shaping the future of communities, states, and the nation.
"As LPI refocuses its efforts, there will be opportunities to engage a larger number of faculty in the work of the Institute and to enhance LPI's value proposition."
LPI is currently undergoing a transition of leadership and focus. In April of 2011, Soji Adelaja, the John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor in Land Policy and director of the Institute since its inception almost five years ago, accepted a request from MSU to bring his expertise and leadership in land use policy to the university's global initiatives. Scott G. Witter, director of the School of Planning, Design, and Construction, stepped up to fill in as interim director.
Witter said that "as LPI refocuses its efforts, there will be opportunities to engage a larger number of faculty in the work of the Institute and to enhance LPI's value proposition." Current work at LPI builds on five years of research and outreach programs and projects, focused on the New Economy, place and place-making, energy, regional planning, sustainable development, and relevant policy alternatives. Visit http://www.landpolicy.msu.edu for more information.