Conference at-a-Glance

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

2:00 - 5:00 PM Early Arrival Registration
7:30 - 10:00 PM Pre-Conference Meet & Greet Mixer

Thursday, September 20, 2018

8:00 AM - 6:30 PM Registration
8:00 - 6:00 PM Exhibit Hall Hours
9:00 - 10:30 AM Opening General Session: Empowering Communities to Set Their Own Destinies
10:30 - 11:00 AM Networking Break
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM  General Session: Townhall Live! Bridging the Gap Between Local and State Government 
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM  MSU Extension Citizen Planner Session 1 | Understanding the Planning and Zoning Context
11:00 AM - 4:45 PM Michigan Green Communities Awards Lunch and Workshop
Noon - 1:45 PM Working Lunch: Principles to Establish Traditional Neighborhoods in Cities and Suburbs
12:30 - 2:00 PM  Lunch on the Go 
League Board of Trustees Meeting 
1:45 - 3:15 PM HR Up in Smoke: The Intersection between Marijuana Legalization and Employment Law
1:45 - 4:15 PM MSU Extension Citizen Planner Session 2 | Planning for the Future of Your Community
2:00 - 3:15 PM      Amazon: Michigan's Wake Up Call or the Beginning of the End?
Complete Streets + Green Infrastructure = Vital Streets! 
Domicology: Re-Imagining the Built Environment 
Hit Them with Your Best Shot: Attracting Businesses and Developers
Open Meetings Act and Freedom of Information Act: Back to the Basics
RFPs:  Finding the Perfect Fit 
2:00 - 5:00 PM       All Around Downtown, Uptown, Eastown
New Urbanism in Practice
Envision Ada – Transforming a Suburban Strip Commercial Center into an Integral Part of an Historic Village 
Unleash the Power of Small-Scale Manufacturing 
Viva la Avenida: Planning for a Cultural Corridor 
3:30 - 4:45 PM   Creating Sustainable Retail Districts 
Look What You Can Do With GIS! 
Michigan Municipal League’s Community Excellence Award Presentations
4:30 - 5:30 PM  MSU Extension Citizen Planner Session 3 | Implementing the Plan with Zoning
5:30 - 8:30 PM Meet Us at the Market   Host Cities Reception
7:00 - 8:30 PM PlanningMI Trivia Extravaganza 

Friday, September 21, 2018

7:30 AM - 5:30 PM Registration
7:30 - 8:45 AM  Tactical Innovation for Small and Rural Towns Breakfast (and MAP Annual Meeting) 
7:45 - 8:45 AM   Michigan Association of Mayors Annual Meeting/Breakfast
Michigan Women in Municipal Government Meeting/Breakfast
Michigan Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials Meeting/Breakfast
8:30 - 10:00 AM  MSU Extension Citizen Planner Session 3 | Implementing the Plan with Zoning - Part 2
9:00 - 10:15 AM     Infrastructure, Natural Resources, and the Blue Economy 
Leading Change vs Managing Change  
Ten Ways a Zoning Ordinance Discourages Quality Development, Part Two
What Matters in Michigan:  State of the Cities, etc.
9:00 - 10:30 AM Mobility, the Community Conversation
9:00 AM - Noon       CNU Rules for Great Places: The Project for Code Reform
Explore: ArtPrize10 
Fostering an Inclusive Community Environment hosted by MBC-LEO
From Grand Rapids' Downtown to Your Town: Idea Tour for Building Reuse 
Game of Floods
Vital Streets in Action Bike Tour 
The Modern Orchard Bus and Walking Tour
10:15 - Noon  MSU Extension Citizen Planner Session 4 |Making Zoning Decisions
10:45 AM - Noon      Help!  Can We Really Afford What We Want to Build? 
Master Planning:  The Critical Role of Elected Leaders and the Planning Commission
Perceptions of Planning: Insights from Local Leaders
Redevelopment Ready Communities (RRC) Office Hours
Social Media Pitfalls and Upsides for Communities
We Need More Parking! (But Do We Really?)  
Noon - 2:00 PM  Keynote Luncheon: The New Localism: Utilizing Public, Private, and Civic Partnerships to Become a Change Engine
2:00 - 2:45 PM  MSU Extension Citizen Planner Session 4 | Making Zoning Decisions - Part 2
2:00 - 5:00 PM     Site Plan Review 
Frederik Meijer Gardens 
Terra Square and the Seeds of a New Downtown 
Under, Over, and All Around 
2:15 - 3:30 PM      Improving the Tone and Quality of our Civic Discourse
From Bills to the Ballot Box - Legislative Insights from the League’s Lobbying Team
Bruce Katz New Localism Follow Up
Smart, Accessible, Connected 
The Keys to Putting Ethics into Action
2:15 - 3:45 PM  Planners and City Managers 
The Power of the Wind: A Michigan Story 
3:00 - 5:30 PM  MSU Extension Citizen Planner Session 5 | Using Innovative Planning and Zoning
3:30 - 5:30 PM Bridge Street Brews Mobile Tour 
3:45 - 5:00 PM   Michigan Municipal League Annual Business Meeting 
The Sky's the Limit: Big Data, Drones, and the Internet of Things 
Trail Towns 
5:00 - 6:00 PM  Elected Officials Academy Board Meeting
6:00 - 8:00 PM   Michigan Municipal League Foundation Reception 
Planning Excellence Awards Banquet

Saturday, September 22, 2018

8:30 - 10:30 AM  Registration 
9:00 - 10:15 AM     Approaches to Resilience in Michigan: A New Way Forward 
Elected Officials Academy 101
It’s Budget Time. Do you Know Where Your Revenue Is?
Short Term Rentals: Trends, Impacts & Options
9:00 AM - Noon   Farmers Markets and Food Halls as Catalysts for Business and Real Estate Development 
MSU Extension Citizen Planner Session 6 | Successfully Fulfilling Your Role
Restoring the Rapids: A Tour of Grand River Restoration Efforts 
10:30 AM - Noon Closing General Session: Civic Engagement Strategy: Inclusivity for the Win


















































































































 On line registration is now closed.  Registration onsite is available.  There is a $50 additional fee for on site registration.