We help Michigan “thrive local” by working with communities using data and tools that support efficient delivery of the critical public services that safeguard the health, safety and welfare of Michigan residents.

What does thrive local mean?

It means having a safe community, a community that is thriving both economically and culturally and a community that is being run efficiently and effectively.

The MSU Extension Center for Local Government Finance and Policy was created to help communities reach these goals. Launched in fall 2015, the Center works directly with communities to improve their fiscal health and help them thrive. The Center brings the experience and expertise of municipal finance professionals in both MSU Extension and MSU’s Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics together to deliver the latest applied research, tools and best practices to Michigan communities.

The Center has already worked closely with cities throughout Michigan, including Lansing, Detroit and Flint. Read more about the Center and the services the Center will offer in the coming year.


For more information about the center, or how it can work with your community to improve its fiscal health, please contact Associate Director Mary Schulz at schulzm2@msu.edu or (517) 355-2160.