Michigan State University Register Built Environment Showcase Today and Tomorrow

The Built Environment Showcase (BES)

Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center,
Michigan State University, 219 S. Harrison Road
East Lansing, MI 48824


The Built Environment Showcase (BES) will take place Friday, November 7, 2014, at the MSU Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center in East Lansing. Join the MSU School of Planning, Design and Construction and its partners as they gather Built Environment Industry professionals, State government representatives and MSU leaders to discuss ways to increase partnerships, economic development and placemaking opportunities, and more. The purpose of this Conference is to:

  • Demonstrate the impact of the Built Environment sector in the State of Michigan.
  • Create public/private partnerships with MSU, State government and others on the connection between place and the new economic development paradigm.
  • Identify opportunities for new development in changing markets.
  • Show how to turn placemaking opportunities into money.
  • Network with exhibitors and professionals from the Built Environment Industry.

Just What is the Built Environment, and Why are Those Who Create It So Important to Its Economic Vitality?

The Built Environment provides the setting for human activity, including buildings, parks, green space, neighborhoods, cities and supporting infrastructure. It is created via planning, design, construction, real estate, redevelopment, maintenance and energy. Few realize what an impact this dynamic economic sector has. In Michigan, the Built Environment Sector:

  • Provides more than 400,000 jobs in more than 62,000 firms.
  • Generates more than $133 billion in direct revenues.

Why is SPDC Co-Hosting BES?

As the “Pioneer Land Grant University,” MSU is positioned to facilitate conversations between different sectors of the Built Environment, and to act as a catalyst in the creation of public/private partnerships that have the potential to increase economic growth and development. Why is this important? The industries and professions that create the Built Environment rarely interact with each other in a comprehensive manner as a team for regional change. If we work together we can:

  • Identify new opportunities;
  • Reduce costs and time delays;
  • Work in teams to create positive change in our communities and in the state; and
  • Create new partnerships with cities, and governmental and funding agencies.

By bringing together the Built Environment creators, a goal of BES is to provide the opportunity for the sharing of ideas between these different sectors that could lead to potential public/private partnerships, the resolution of current issues and the creation new visions for the future. Building on the success of the first conference in 2012, the SPDC, along with the MSU Land Policy Institute, the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Prima Civitas, are co-hosting a second BES to showcase the top industries in Michigan’s Built Environment sector and the positive impact they have had throughout the state. This event will feature several industry and State and national leaders who will present new research and case studies examples on placemaking and its effects on the Built Environment in Michigan, an update on the economic impact and situation of the industry in the state and a panel discussion by bankers on investing in our places. The public will be able to engage with these leaders and industry representatives throughout the event.

Co-partners for this event include the MSU School of Planning, Design and Construction, the MSU Land Policy Institute, the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Prima Civitas.