The Michigan Geographic Alliance (MGA) was formed in 1989 by Dr. Michael Libbee, Central Michigan University, and Dr. Joseph Stoltman of Western Michigan University. It has been headquartered in the Department of Geography at Central Michigan University since its inception.
The MGA is part of the National Geographic Society's national network of state geographic alliances. Currently there are 53 states and international alliances, including those in Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and Canada.
Initial funding for the MGA was from the National Geographic Education Foundation, the State of Michigan and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The Connie Binsfeld Endowment in Geographic Education provides the basic funding for the alliance.
MGA has generated more than $6,000,000 for geography education in Michigan. Since 1989 MGA has:
- Trained over 300 teacher consultants, including teachers from the Dominican Republic and Ireland
- Offered over 7,000 hours of professional development to 70,000 teachers
- Produced and distributed lesson plans, maps, posters, newsletters and CDs to teachers across the state and nation
- Trained more than 200 Teacher Consultants (TCs) to work on curriculum and present workshops; many have become teacher leaders in Michigan