General GCMPC Reports & Data

Architecture and Landscaping Resources

Architecture Weekley
Landscape Architecture Magazine
Project for Public Spaces
Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism Network

Comprehensive Planning Resources

Brookings Institution
Buckeye Institute for Public Policy
Governing Magazine Online: State and Local Government
Grand Rapids Press Answer Book
Heartland Institute
Institute of Continuing Legal Education
Institute for Justice
Kids and Community
Mackinac Center for Public Policy
Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research
Planners Network
Planners Web
Planning & Markets – An Electronic Journal
Planning and Zoning News
Planning Commissioners Journal
Reason Public Policy Institute
Sustainable Communities Network
Youth Involvement

Comprehensive Statistics

American Factfinder
Census Data Mapping
County and City Data Book 2007
Data Place
Global Policy Forum
Out of Reach Database 2011
State and County Quick Facts
Statistical Abstract of the United States
Statistics Gateway – FedStats
The Michigan Data Center
The World Fact Book
U.S. Census

Economic Development

Business Alliance – West Michigan
Community and Rural Development Institute
Department of Commerce
Economic Indicators
International Economic Development Council
Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Michigan Economic Developers Association (MEDA)
Michigan League for Human Services
Ottawa County Economic Development Office
The Housing and Community Development Forum
U.S. Small Business Administration

Economic Statistics

Bureau of Economic Analysis
Labor Statistics
Michigan Agriculture Statistics Service
State Equalized Values

Education and Youth Statistics

National Center for Education Statistics
Kids Count Census Data Online
Child and Family Statistics

Environmental Planning Resources

American Water Works Association
Building Technologies Program
Consortium for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN)
Earth 911
Earth Day Network
Energy Efficient Rehabilitation Advisor
Envirolink Network
Environmental Design Library
Environmental Directory
EPA Brownfields
EPA’s Surf Your Watershed
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Global Recycling Network
Great Lakes Fishery Commission
Great Lakes Information Network
Information Center for the Environment
International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives
Michigan Environmental Health Association
National Recycling Coalition
NEPA Guidelines
NEPA Network
The Open Lands Project
Ozone Data (Real Time)
Protecting Water Resources With Smart Growth
Recycling Today
Texas Environmental Center
US Army Corps of Engineers
US Bureau of Land Management
US Environmental Protection Agency
US Fish & Wildlife Service
US Forest Service
The Nature Conservancy
The Ozone Hole Tour
Water Standards
Watershed Assessment

Geographic Information Systems Resources

ASPRS – American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
Bureau of Land Management Geospatial Information Center
Center for Remote Sensing at MSU
DeLorme Maps
EPA Maps On Demand
ESRI, Inc – Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc.
ESRI Live Internet Demonstrations
Geographic Data
Map Servers on the WWW
MDNR Spatial Data Library- GIS/GPS Data
Michigan Center for Geographic Information
Michigan Spatial Data Sets
National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis
National Geodetic Survey
National Wetlands Inventory (NWI), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Open GIS Program
Regional Earth Science Applications Center
Space Imaging Gallery
USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service
USGS Geo Data
US Geological Survey

Governmental Agencies
Michigan Legislature
Michigan Votes
Michigan House of Representatives
Michigan Senate
State of Michigan Counties Public Records Database
State of Michigan Telephone Directory
State of Michigan WebSite Directory
US Government Agency Web Portal

Grant Resources

Council of Michigan Federations
Department of Natural Resources Grants Catalog
Federal Competitive Grant Opportunities
Funders Network
Michigan’s State Historic Preservation Office
Michigan State University Grants and Resources
People and Land
The Foundation Center
The Grants Office
The House Fiscal Agency

Health and Public Safety Statistics

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Information
Bureau of Justice Crime Statistics
Crime Data, Associated Press
Criminal Justice Statistics
FBI Uniform Crime Reports
Health Statistics
Michigan Criminal Justice Information Center
Michigan Health Statistics and Reports
Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System

Housing and Development Resources

Affordable Housing Design Advisor
Census Bureau’s Housing Info
Historic Preservation Toolkit
Kentlands, A Traditional Neighborhood Community
Platted Subdivisions, Online
US Housing and Urban Development


Brownfield Redevelopment Act 381 of 1986
Charter Townships Act 359 of 1947
Code of Federal Regulations
Congressional bills;,
Counties, revised statutes of 1846
County Boards of Commissioners Act 156 of 1851
Downtown Development Authority 197 of 1975
Drain Code of 1956
Freedom of Information Act 442 of 1976
Joint Municipal Planning Act 226 of 2003
Land Division Act 288 of 1967
Michigan Renaissance Zone Act 376 of 1996
Michigan Right To Farm Act 93 of 1981
Michigan Zoning Enabling Act 110 of 2006
Mobile Home Commission Act 96 of 1987
Municipalities Act 35 of 1951
Natural Resources and Environmental Preservation Act 451 of 1994
Oil and Gas Mining Act 178 of 1941
Open Meetings Act 267 of 1976
State Lands Act 230 of 1941
U.S. House of Representatives online information services


Legislative Information, Library of Congress
Library of Congress
National Agricultural Library
Presidential Libraries
Public Libraries
State Libraries

Media Resources

Michigan Newspapers
Michigan Radio Stations
Michigan Television Stations

National Organizations

American Planning Association
Citizen Planners Resource Center
International City/County Management Association
International Society of City and Regional Planners
National Association of Counties
National League of Cities
U.S. Conference of Mayors

Planning Career Resources

American Planning Association
Planning Consultant Firms in Michigan
Urban and Regional Planners

Regional Organizations

Grand Valley Metro Council
Macatawa Area Coordinating Council
Northwest Michigan Council of Governments (NWMCOG)
Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG)
West Michigan Regional Planning Commission
West Michigan Regional Shoreline Development Commission

State Organizations

Michigan Association of Counties
Michigan Land Use Institute
Michigan Municipal League
Michigan Society of Planning
Michigan Township Association


Center for Neighborhood Technology
Center for Technology in Government
Government Computer News
Government Innovators Network
Government Technology
National Association of State Technology Directors
Public Technology, Inc.

Transportation Planning Resources

American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
Bureau of Transporation Statistics
Emissions Calculator
Federal Aviation Administation
Federal Highway Administration
Federal Transit Administration
Grand Valley Metro Council
Highway Administration Sidewalk Guide
International Sign Association
Macatawa Area Coordinating Council
Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan
Michigan Department of Transportation
Michigan Online Transportation Map
National Transportation Library
Rural Transportation
Transportation Research Board
Transportation Statistics
U.S. Department of Transporation
Victoria Transport Policy Institute
Walkable Communities Inc
West-Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission

Urban and Rural Planning Resources

Citizen Planner Program
City Design
Congress for the New Urbanism
Farmland Information Center
Neighborhood Partnerships for Community Research
New Urbanism
New Urban Guild
New Urban News
Next American City
Smart Growth Activist Tools
Smart Growth America
Smart Growth Online
Urban Futures
Urban Institute
Urban Land Institute