Wed. Sept. 14

Innovation Lab: Building Creative and Impactful Civic Practices (download presentation)

  • Grep Stopka, Central Regional Director, Alliance for Innovation
  • Joe Gacioch, City of Ferndale

Community Excellence Award Presentations

  • Washtenaw Coordinated Funders – Washtenaw County Government/City of Ann Arbor)
  • Rotary Kayak Launch – City of Gibraltar
  • Improvement of John R Corridor – Hazel Park (download presentation)
  • WINNER! Beaverton Activity Center, The HUB of Activities – City of Beaverton (download presentation)

Facilitating Meaningful Civic Engagement: How Your Residents Can Make a Difference (download presentation)

  • Suzanne Schulz, ACIP, Managing Director of Design, Development and Community Engagement, Grand Rapids



Thurs, Sept. 15

Confessions of a Civic Engagement Luddite (download presentation)

  • Scott TenBrink, Community Project Manager, Citizen Interaction Design at the University of Michigan

Self-Driving Cars are Coming: How Do We Prepare Our Communities? (download presentation)

  • Valerie Sathe Brugeman, Senior Project Manager, Center for Automotive Research
  • Rachel Kuntzsch, President/CEO, Kuntzsch Solutions, Community & Economic Development Consultants

The Little City That Could (download presentation)

  • Dima El-Gamal, PH.D, PE, LEEP-AP, Senior Associate, Stantec
  • Dave Marschke, Utilities Superintendent, City of Burton
  • Rik Hayman, Chief of Staff, City of Burton

Get the Lead Out (download presentation)

  • David G. Johnson, CHMM-CP, Fleis & VandenBrink
  • Paul R. Galdes, PE, Fleis & VandenBrink
  • Don DeVries, PE, Fleis & VandenBrink

A Sea Change for State Place-Based Policies (download presentation)

  • Katharine Czarnecki, Vice President, Community Development, Michigan Economic Development Corporation

From Pork to Pollinators: How Michigan Can and Should Overhaul its Economic Development Practices (download presentation)

  • Michael Shuman, Economist, Attorney, Author, and Entreprener

Michael Shuman’s books are available on his website (click here):

  • Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Shift Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity
  • The Small-Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses Are Beating the Global Competition
  • Going Local: Creating Self-Reliant Communities in a Global Age
  • Growing Local Living Economies: A Grassroots Approach to Economic Development

How Community Partnerships Are Critical to Vibrant Communities

  • Renee Johnston, President & CEO, Saginaw Community Foundation
  • Marilyn Schlack, President, Kalamazoo Valley Community College

Creative Approaches to Engaging the Community (download presentation)

  • Jeff Campbell, Assistant City Manager, Community Development Director, Hazel Park
  • Kelly Clarke, Executive Director, Kalamazoo County Land Bank 
  • Ed Klobucher, City Manager, Hazel Park, Michigan Municipal League Board of Trustees

Millennials as Local Government Leaders (download presentation)

  • Rosalynn Bliss, Mayor, Grand Rapids; Vice President, Michigan Municipal League Board of Trustees
  • Bridget Doyle, Community Relations Director, Sterling Heights
  • Kirsten Wyatt, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Engaging Local Government Leaders

Case by Case: Hot Legal Topics (download presentation)

  • Michael E. Fisher, Chief Assistant City Attorney, City of Livonia
  • Steven D. Mann, Principal, Miller Canfield, Detroit; City Attorney, City of Milan
  • Soni Mithani, Principal, Miller Canfield, Ann Arbor

Reforming Michigan’s Municipal Finance System (download presentation)

  • Anthony Minghine, Associate Executive Director and COO, Michigan Municipal League

Regional Transit Revs-Up in Metro Detroit (download presentation)

  • Michael Ford, CEO, Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan
  • Susan Pollay, Chair, RTA Citizens Advisory Committee; Executive Director, Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority
  • Melanie Piana, Mayor Pro Tem, Ferndale; Michigan Municipal League Board of Trustees


Fri., Sept. 16

Attracting and Retaining Volunteers (download presentation)

  • Cathleen Edgerly, Executive Director, Howell Main Street/DDA

How to Govern in 140 Characters or Less #itcanbedone #letsjoin (download presentation)

  • Steven Baker, Mayor Pro Tem, Berkley

Legislative Update (download presentation)

  • Chris Hackbarth, Director, State and Federal Affairs, Michigan Municipal League
  • John LaMacchia II, Assistant Director, State and Federal Affairs, Michigan Municipal League
  • Jennifer Rigterink, Legislative Associate, Michigan Municipal League

From Out of the Shadows to Your Financial Statements: Reducing Retiree Health Care Costs (download presentation)

  • Brandon Fournier, Attorney, Howard L. Shifman, PC
  • Howard L. Shifman, President & Founder, Howard L. Shifman, PC

Energy Efficiency and Budget Relief (download presentation)

  • Kenneth Hedrick, Director Business Development, Opterra Energy Services