At the Michigan Municipal League, we believe the future of Michigan depends on the future of Michigan’s communities—and that “placemaking” can and should be the key driver for our state’s economic turnaround. It is the idea that innovators, entrepreneurs and industries want to be in the places where people want to live: places that offer the quality of life they value. We also firmly believe it takes individuals passionate about their communities to inspire change. One such passionate individual is documentary filmmaker Michael Moore who has done much for Traverse City, Michigan. The Academy Award winner spoke to the Michigan Local Government Management Association in Traverse City July 25, 2012, about his involvement in restoring the historic State Theatre in downtown Traverse City to make it one of the many placemaking attractions in this community. Moore also mentions his work in helping restore historic downtown theaters in Manistee and Flint, Michigan. Moore even offered to help city officials throughout Michigan to restore their own downtown theaters. He said his experience on the Traverse City theater project has taught him much that he wants to pass on to others. To learn more about placemaking and the Michigan Municipal League go to mml.org, mml.org/placemaking and the economicsofplace.com.