Snyder Appoints Rodney Stokes to Restore Mich. Cities


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LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder Thursday announced that Rodney Stokes will be the administration’s special adviser for city placemaking, working with cities to help them become more vibrant and inviting by enhancing their existing resources. Stokes, who currently serves as Department of Natural Resources director, will leave that position July 9 to join the executive office.

"Michigan’s cities are brimming with unique natural and man-made assets that can be cultivated in ways which attract families and visitors, retain talented workers, encourage investment and enhance our overall quality of life,” Snyder said. "Rodney has the talent and experience to make that happen. His expertise in the areas of natural resources, outdoor recreation, policy development and civic engagement make him well suited to partner with cities in these efforts. A strong Michigan needs strong cities. Rodney’s work will be key to that success and we’re fortunate to have a person of his caliber at the forefront of this critical initiative."

As the governor’s special adviser, Stokes will work with cities on projects such as ensuring the availability of quality green space and enhancing recreational opportunities.

The governor cited Stokes’ leadership in two exciting Detroit projects as examples of his commitment to community development. The state’s partnership with the city of Detroit to restore Belle Isle, as well as the DNR’s plan to assist in the renovation of the historic Globe Building on the city’s east riverfront highlight the opportunities that exist in cities across Michigan. In fact, Annex E of the consent agreement between the state and Detroit highlights some of the good land stewardship initiatives that are under way to assist in the city’s revitalization. 

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