Session and Event Descriptions

Wednesday, Sept. 19

7:30 – 10:00 PM 

Pre-Conference Meet and Greet Mixer!
Atwater Grand Rapids

Registration for the MAP | MML Conference opens Wednesday, September 19 at 2:00 p.m. Arrive early, check in, beat the Thursday morning registration lines, and then head on over to the New Home | Grand Rapids Brewing | New Holland Brewery for a bite and a brew (on your own). You’ll join some of the early bird professionals and officials who will be descending on the city and surrounding areas for three days of learning, networking, and exploring. See you there.

Thursday, Sept. 20

9:00 – 10:30 AM

Opening General Session: Empowering Communities to Set Their Own Destinies | 1.25 AICP CM | MCP
The National Main Street Center’s President and CEO Patrice Frey will discuss how  recognizing the connection between health and economic development - between urban and rural areas -  will equip local leaders to create places that benefit everyone.  Learn how you can apply aspects of NMSC’s mission to ensure  “everyone has access to a vibrant neighborhood – a place that has a thriving local economy, is rich in character, and features inviting public spaces that make residents and visitors feel that they belong” by empowering communities to set their own destinies.
Patrice Frey, President and CEO, National Main Street Center

Patrice Frey, President and CEO, National Main Street Center

11:00 AM – 12: 15 PM 

Townhall Live: Bridging the Gap Between Local and State Government | 1.25 AICP CM | MCP
Watch and join in as your fellow attendees participate in a live townhall meeting on the main stage to discuss and debate key issues facing local government leaders and community planners. The Center for Michigan and Bridge Magazine will lead this interactive session on improving state government and identifying how the state and local governments can work better together! In this lively session, the audience will use quick-finger technology and their mobile devices to actively participate and guide the discussion as it unfolds on stage. The audience will have the opportunity to share top priorities, ideas, and opinions for improving our state and our government system. This is one of those rare sessions where we won't tell you to turn your phones off! You will also receive a copy of Bridge Magazine's 2018 Facts and Issues Guide, a take-home resource to help prepare you for the important statewide November election.

Noon – 1:45 pm

Principles to Establish Traditional Neighborhoods in Cities and Suburbs Working Lunch | 1 AICP CM | MCP
Lunch and learn at an onsite luncheon.  Neighborhoods are the basic building block for villages, towns, and cities.  After WW2, development patterns which had been used for hundreds of years were replaced with a "new way" of building (subdivisions and shopping centers).  In recent decades, planners have been trying to get back to those tried-and-true traditional development patterns.  This session will outline the elements and planning principles of traditional neighborhoods and introduce proven techniques for retrofitting communities that were built in the decades immediately following WW2.

Robert J. Gibbs, AICP, ASLA, CNU-A, Gibbs Planning Group

12:30 – 2:00 pm

Lunch on the Go

MML Board of Trustees Meeting

1:45 – 3:15 PM

HR Up in Smoke: The Intersection between Marijuana Legalization and Employment Law | 1.5 AICP CM LAW | MCP
Michigan’s Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act is in full swing, and recreational marijuana is on the ballot in November. This session will provide a brief update specific to Michigan. Attendees will then hear about Denver’s experiences with marijuana legalization, and how the approval of recreational marijuana has impacted HR and workplace policies.

2:00 – 3:15 pm

Amazon: Michigan's Wakeup Call or the Beginning of the End? | 1.25 AICP CM | MCP
Amazon’s decision not to come to Michigan offers further evidence that great places, quality of life, and access to transit are necessary to attract and retain the talent businesses need. Come listen to why these things are more important to luring businesses than tax incentives, and how our broken municipal finance system is putting Michigan at a competitive disadvantage.

Complete Streets + Green Infrastructure = Vital Streets! | 1.25 AICP CM | MCP
Grand Rapids' Vital Streets Plan and Design Guidelines were awarded the 2018 Silver National Planning Achievement Award for Transportation Planning by the American Planning Association. This work embraces how streets contribute to placemaking and community goals. New guidelines were developed using a progressive street typology that considers urban form with transportation function for city streets. An equity lens helped prioritize investment strategies. All projects are part of a larger asset management program guided by a citizen's steering committee, which led to a voter-approved tax measure for city infrastructure improvements.
Suzanne M. Schulz, AICP, City of Grand Rapids | Chris Zull, City of Grand Rapids

Domicology: Re-Imagining the Built Environment | 1.25 AICP CM | MCP
Attendees will discuss models, policies, and practices that reduce negative social, economic, and environmental impacts associated with the end of a structure’s useful life. Participants will learn about innovative methods and local ordinances that can limit the public financial burden of removing abandoned properties and improve our structural material salvage and reuse.
Rex L. LaMore, PhD, Michigan State University

Hit Them with Your Best Shot: Attracting Businesses and Developers | 1.25 AICP CM | MCP
Sites, Sites, Sites. Communities have industrial sites, mixed-use sites, residential sites, and more. In this session, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation will share how they assist communities with site-specific development. Hear from both the business development and community development teams on how you can put your best foot forward with site selectors and real estate developers.

Open Meetings Act and Freedom of Information Act: Back to the Basics
This session focuses on the basics of the Open Meetings Act (OMA) and the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). During the OMA portion of the session, we’ll cover the implications of email, posting of notices, minutes, closed sessions, and what is required to be discussed at an open meeting. For the FOIA portion, topics will include best practices for complying with FOIA, including deadlines, requirements for responses, fees, and exempt information.

RFPs: Finding the Perfect Fit | 1.25 AICP CM | MCP
Municipalities hire planning consultants, or consultant teams, for any number of reasons: they need outside expertise not possessed by planning staff or simply do not have a planning staff; municipal staff capacity issues; or perhaps wanting fresh eyes on a persistent local challenge. But finding the right consultant for your project is no easy task. Writing an RFP that clearly identifies your project and budget sets the stage for securing the best match for your community. This session covers best practices for developing RFPs, from defining the scope, to interviewing firms, to executing the contract, all to better prepare your community for the next big planning project.
Carmine P. Avantini, AICP, CIB Planning, Inc.
President John L. Enos, AICP, Carlisle | Wortman Associates, Inc.
Brad Strader, AICP, PTP, MKSK
Sarah Traxler, AICP, NCI, McKenna

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2:00 – 5:00 PM

Unleash the Power of Small-Scale Manufacturing | 2.5 AICP CM | MCP
Make your city or town stand out by growing a thriving entrepreneurial community of small-scale manufacturing businesses. Identify, invest in, and help scale the businesses that make people proud of where they're from and excited to invest in their neighborhoods. Learn best practices from across the country and how they can be applied locally to energize your own business community to create thriving downtowns and neighborhood centers.
Ilana Preuss, Recast City LLC

3:30 – 4:45 PM

Creating Sustainable Retail Districts | 1.25 AICP CM | MCP
This session discusses how resilient retail can be planned, designed, and built to meet the needs of today and anticipate those of tomorrow. A retail strategist will share insights and discuss the new types of store formats being pursued and will highlight case studies on designing and leasing successful retail environments in the age of digital disruption. Examples of the ordinance changes necessary to adapt to this retail revolution will be provided.
Bobby Boone, AICP, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation
Martha Potere, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation

Look What You Can Do with GIS! | 1.25 AICP CM | MCP
Local governments rely on data, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a tool that the public sector is using to transform how information is organized, communities are planned, and ordinances developed. This session will demonstrate how the powerful combination of GIS, AutoCAD, and laser scanning can enhance decision-making for planning, zoning, CIP planning, and historic preservation. See real-world applications and examples that illustrate the use of these technologies for surveys and the development of form-based codes.
Jill Bahm, AICP, Giffels Webster
Mike Kozak, PE, Giffels Webster
Rod Arroyo, AICP, GIffels Webster

Michigan Municipal League’s Community Excellence Award Presentations
The top four finalists in this year’s Community Excellence Awards competition will be presenting their projects for your review. You can help determine the winner by voting for your favorite project immediately following this session.
Help us pick the four finalists that will be presenting during this session by voting online until July 29 at

5:30 – 8:30 PM 

Meet Us at the Market | Host Cities Reception
This event brings together mayors, city council and township board members, planning and zoning officials along with city managers, professional planners, zoning administrators and others to celebrate our work making great places happen.  Hosted by the Urban Metro Mayors and Managers - a collaborative consortium of local officials from Grand Rapids, Wyoming, Kentwood, Walker, Grandville, and East Grand Rapids - all MML and MAP Conference attendees are invited!

The event is Thursday, September 20 at the Grand Rapids Downtown Market from 5:30-8:30 PM.  Enjoy a variety of hors d'oeuvres, craft beers, and wine while exploring Market Hall and its unique spaces.

7:00 – 8:30 PM 

PlanningMI Trivia Extravaganza
Do you know the largest village in Michigan by population? How about the authors of some of our most esteemed city planning documents? Well, come and prove it! Or better yet, learn something in a fun, relaxed environment. Attend alone or bring a friend or a team, either way you’ll have a blast as you battle other teams to victory. Hosted by the MAP Emerging Planning Professionals (EPP) Committee. Preregistration available, walk-ins accepted, space permitting.

Friday, Sept. 21

7:30 – 8:45 am

MAP Annual Meeting and AICP Breakfast Option – Tactical Innovation for Small and Rural Towns | 1 AICP CM | | MCP
Join us for breakfast in this how-to session that will illustrate how to build connections to implement big ideas in small towns. Deb Brown, a national small-town and rural expert, will explain the importance of taking small steps to encourage growth and success of your community.

Deb Brown, SaveYour.Town

Deb Brown,

9:00 – 10:15 am

Infrastructure, Natural Resources, and the Blue Economy | 1.25 AICP CM | MCP
This presentation will explain SEMCOG's water resources planning process and lessons learned including stakeholder engagement and public outreach best practices. Highlights include regional case studies, policies, actions on water resources, and ongoing implementation and partnership efforts including inventorying wetlands, visually mapping the region's water trails, and developing a regional water public education campaign.
Kelly Karll, Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG)
Kevin Vettraino, AICP, SEMCOG

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Leading Change vs Managing Change | 1.25 AICP CM | MCP
By examining key decisions and actions of several important individuals from history, attendees will have a better understanding of what it takes to shape the future. Participants will amplify the effectiveness of their own leadership styles, reconnect to fundamental aspects of democratic governance, and become sharper in identifying and managing the uninformed versus the misinformed.
Jon Lynch, AICP, Three Rivers Corporation  

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Ten Ways a Zoning Ordinance Discourages Quality Development, Part Two | 1.25 AICP CM | MCP
For those of you that missed last year’s session, fear not: Part II builds on last year’s popular session with new lessons. We’ll start with a recap of last year’s session, and add on additional common zoning ordinance pitfalls to avoid.
Patrick Sloan, AICP, McKenna
Christopher Khorey, AICP, McKenna

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What Matters in Michigan: State of the Cities, etc.
The League will present findings from the 2018 State of the Cities report, summarizing key themes and issues highlighted in mayors' state of the city speeches this year. In addition, participants will hear from a few mayors about their process for developing and delivering state of the city addresses, and they’ll offer some tricks and tips for a successful speech.

9:00 – 10:30 AM

Mobility, The Community Conversation | 1.5 AICP CM Ethics | MCP
Michigan is at the forefront of mobility and driving the private sector forward.  This session will explore how communities are planning and positioning themselves to advance the mobility conversation on the public side.

9:00 AM – Noon

CNU Rules for Great Places: The Project for Code Reform | 2.75 AICP CM | MCP
Attracting development that aligns with your placemaking goals means digging into your zoning and development codes. The Project for Code Reform seeks to streamline this process with place-specific, incremental tools that meet local communities at their current level. Project team members from the national Congress for New Urbanism, Michigan Municipal League, and other partners will present on the work so far and gather feedback about where communities need the most help.

Fostering an Inclusive Community Environment | 2.75 AICP CM | MCP
Hosted by the Michigan Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials
Research shows that to be successful long-term, every community needs to value and prioritize equity. Communities that foster trust and welcome and proactively integrate everyone into the fabric of everyday life are at a distinct advantage over those who do not. This session will dig deeper into the local official's role in enhancing equity and will provide positive examples of programs from the local, county, and state levels. Attendees will leave with specific policies, practices, and tactics to prioritize community equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Game of Floods | 2.75 AICP CM | MCP
Game of Floods is an interactive game-based exercise to help participants understand the process of conducting a vulnerability and risk assessment and think about strategies to protect municipal assets from existing and future flooding. The game utilizes real-world examples to help develop customizable training materials for municipal governments. The climate training includes a customizable toolkit for local governments to train their staff on opportunities to support progress on climate adaptation and resilience.

10:45 AM – Noon

Help! Can We Really Afford What We Want to Build? | 1.25 AICP CM | MCP
A critical tool for communities of all sizes, a fiscal impact analysis allows a community to see the short-term and long-term pros and cons of a proposed development, infrastructure extension, or other public facilities. Knowing the long-term truth up front allows for more informed land use decisions, and the establishment of realistic users fees and tax structures to provide for maintenance and the eventual replacement cost of improvements.
Carlisle | Wortman Associates, Inc.

Master Planning: The Critical Role of Elected Leaders and the Planning Commission | 1.25 AICP CM | MCP
The master plan is one of the most important policy documents developed by a community, and elected and appointed officials play a critical role from start to finish. Understanding the purpose of the plan and the required and optional contents, as well as the typical process for developing the plan, will help local leaders create a truly visionary –and implementable! – plan. This session includes tips for collaboration between the planning commission and the city or village council or township board and an overview of the plan adoption process. Bring your local team and learn together!
Adam Young, AICP, Wade Trim

Perceptions of Planning: Insights from Local Leaders | 1.25 AICP CM | MCP
The Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS) is a census survey of all 1,856 general purpose local governments in Michigan conducted by the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) at the University of Michigan in partnership with the Michigan Municipal League, Michigan Townships Association, and Michigan Association of Counties. MAP was thrilled that the most recent report covered the opinions of Michigan's local government leaders on issues related to land use planning and zoning. See how your community stacks up to other municipalities across the state.
Debra Horner, PhD, University of Michigan Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy
Sarah Mills, PhD, University of Michigan Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy

Redevelopment Ready Communities (RRC) Office Hours
Bring your flow charts, training plans, potential priority redevelopment sites, and questions. The RRC team planners are holding office hours to help your work align with the RRC Best Practices and become Redevelopment Ready.
Christopher Germain, AICP
Karen Wieber, AICP
Brett Hanlon, AICP
Pablo Majano
Elizabeth King
Michelle Parkkonen, AICP

Social Media Pitfalls and Upsides for Communities | 1.25 AICP CM | MCP
Learn the ins and outs of social media from those in the trenches. We will cover the do's and don’ts for Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms. Please bring all your questions and we'll have answers ... or at least we will attempt to answer. This is a great session for those just starting out on social media and those of us who have been doing it for a while.

We Need More Parking! (But Do We Really?) | 1.25 AICP CM | MCP
Downtowns throughout Michigan constantly deal with parking issues. The #1 complaint of business and customers is about the lack of parking overall, but especially right in front of their store. Often there is sufficient parking just a block or two away. And some districts do have saturated parking. What is the right amount? Can promotion of other transportation modes reduce the need? How are rideshare services changing the demands along the curbside? Will autonomous vehicles change parking dynamics? Should the ordinance require parking in a downtown district? Who should pay for downtown parking? Hear how diverse places from Monroe to Birmingham, Detroit, Traverse City, and others are planning their parking future.
Tom Brown, Nelson/Nygaard
Brad Strader, AICP, PTP, MKSK
Nicole VanNess, Traverse City DDA

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Noon – 2:00 PM

Keynote Lunch:  The New Localism:  Utilizing Public, Private, and Civic Partnerships to Become a Change Engine | .75 AICP CM | MCP
Listen to Bruce Katz discuss his latest book, The New Localism: How Cities Can Thrive in The Age of Populism and how its premise can be applied here in Michigan. We’ll take a close look at how communities can solve complex problems by creating innovative solutions at the local level using a mix of public, private, and civic organizations, rather than searching for answers from state and federal government. Learn how these different institutions can cultivate their connections and collaborate, placing Michigan localities as centers of economic growth, inclusivity, and change.

Bruce Katz, Co-Author, "The New Localism"

Bruce Katz, Co-Author, “The New Localism” 

2:00 – 5:00 PM

Site Plan Review | Master Citizen Planner credits only
This session demonstrates the site plan review and approval process and provides practical tools and techniques about how to read and evaluate a site plan. Site design principles such as pedestrian and traffic considerations, lighting, utilities, ADA compliance, inspections, and landscaping are all covered. Participants in this hands-on workshop receive an engineering scale, turning template, and a sample site plan to evaluate. The training is appropriate for elected and appointed officials, early planning professionals, city/village managers without support staff, zoning administrators, and students.
Adam Young, AICP, Wade Trim

2:15 – 3:30 PM 

Improving the Tone and Quality of our Civic Discourse | Master Citizen Planner credits only
With today’s 24/7 news cycles and widespread social media use, there is no shortage of opinion sharing. Discussions on policy issues often devolve in talking past each other and sometimes disrespectful arguing. In this session, we will explore how local leaders can foster productive and respectful civic discourse on policy and program issues affecting their communities.

From Bills to the Ballot Box – Legislative Insights from the League’s Lobbying Team | Master Citizen Planner credits only
The League’s State and Federal Affairs team will review the political and legislative landscape and the influence that the November election could have on a lame duck session, infrastructure, municipal finance, and local control.

New Localism Follow Up | 1.25 AICP CM | MCP
Join Bruce Katz for a follow-up discussion of his presentation on how communities can become a change engine by utilizing local collaborations for complex problem-solving.

Smart, Accessible, Connected | 1.25 AICP CM | MCP
This high-level panel discussion covers the future of cities in the context of advanced mobility technologies, including connected and automated vehicles, ridesharing, carsharing, ridehailing, mobility-as-a-service, and microtransit. Characteristics of smart cities and the potentials of smart, integrated, and multi-modal transportation systems are introduced along with how new mobility technologies affect land use patterns, travel demand, and accessibility. Recent Michigan-based projects on intelligent transportation systems (ITS) show how state transportation agencies can lead the effort for achieving smart, connected, and accessible communities. Learn about the next steps for local, regional, and state-level policies, investments, and partnerships to prepare communities for adopting new mobility technologies.
Zahra Bahrani Fard
Dr. Jonathan Levine
Niles Annelin, Connected and Automated Vehicle Policy and Environmental Policy Planner, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)
Moderator: Adela Spulber, Transportation Systems Analyst, Center for Automotive Research (CAR)

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The Keys to Putting Ethics into Action | Master Citizen Planner credits only
It’s critical for municipal officials to exhibit a strong sense of ethics to earn the trust of colleagues and the public and operate successfully. This session will cover the law, principles, and practical advice related to municipal ethics.

2:15 – 3:45 PM

Planners and City Managers | 1.25 AICP CM | MCP
What do city/village managers need to know about planning? While public safety, garbage collection, and labor issues command the attention of city managers, your community planner or planning consultant is an oft-overlooked resource that can provide big benefit. Planning touches almost every aspect of municipal service from budgeting (CIP), meaningful contact with taxpayers (community engagement), and access (roads, bike lanes, transit, and pedestrian amenities) to housing (what is the best mix to meet the shelter needs of every resident?), business and talent retention (quality of life amenities like culture, entertainment, and recreation), and demographic and data analysis to help you really know your community. Combined with master planning, development review, and customer service, planners can be a city/village managers best friend.
Keith Baker, AICP, CFM, City of Coldwater
Juan Ganum, City of Bridgman
Brad Kaye, City of Midland
Laura Lam, City of Kalamazoo
Dan Swallow, AICP, MPA, City of Tecumseh
Moderator: Jon Lynch, AICP, formerly City of Midland

The Power of the Wind: A Michigan Story | 1.5 AICP CM LAW | 1.5 MCP
Municipalities and corporations, including both of the state’s major electric utilities, have announced pledges or plans to significantly expand the use of renewable energy. Most of this additional renewable energy development, at least in the short term, is expected to come from large-scale wind energy projects sited in rural areas. But such projects are increasingly being met with opposition in communities across the state. In this session, panelists will provide practical suggestions for how to arbitrate disagreements about wind energy and how to tell fact from fiction when it comes to wind energy development. Our experts will allow plenty of time for audience Q and A.
Sarah Mills, University of Michigan Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy
Emily Palacios, Miller Canfield

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3:45 – 5:00 PM 

Michigan Municipal League Annual Business Meeting

The Sky's the Limit: Big Data, Drones, and the Internet of Things | 1.25 AICP CM | MCP
New technology makes the collection and analysis of large amounts of data easier than ever, and this data can be a compelling resource for decision makers and elected officials. This session explores how off-the-shelf Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and the Internet of Things (IoT) can be used to collect and analyze urban big data on everything from parking to water contamination. In addition, we'll discuss how to integrate photogrammetry software such as Pix4D with UAVs to produce orthomosaic and 3D models of the environment. Case studies will include a parking census pilot project conducted with the city of Syracuse, NY, and a UAV-based solution to Lake Erie's algae bloom problems. The session will also include a discussion on the preservation of privacy rights and the ethics of big data and UAV technology.
Adrianna Jordan, AICP, Quantify
Daniel Brooks, Quantify
Zachary Halberd, Quantify

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Trail Towns | 1.25 AICP CM | MCP 
Trails are one of the most sought-after amenities in many communities. They increase property values, contribute to sense of place and provide new opportunities for community and economic development. Trail Towns is an economic development strategy that has been proven effective as local economies embrace the economic opportunity surrounding outdoor recreation and their supporting tourism-based industries.
This session will focus on how local and regional planners can utilize simple design tools, promotional and branding strategies, and relationships with local business owners to expand existing and create new businesses, attract trail and outdoor recreation-based tourism, and establish a trail-friendly identity and character. This session will also discuss regional and national trends regarding trails and outdoor recreation.
Harry Burkholder, AICP, Land Information Access Association

5:00 – 6:00 PM

Elected Officials Academy Board Meeting

6:00 – 8:00 PM

Michigan Municipal League Foundation Reception | $50
Join us for an exciting night featuring the dynamic Midwest Dueling Pianos, refreshments, and a chance to network. This year’s MML Foundation fundraising reception promises to be an exhilarating experience with interactive entertainment in a modern and intimate spot conveniently located within walking distance. And you’ll leave with the knowledge that you invested in Michigan communities so more residents can love where they live.

Planning Excellence Awards Banquet | $75
Join your colleagues to honor distinguished leaders in the planning field as we celebrate outstanding planning projects; leadership recognition; 20-, 30-, 40-, and 50-year members; the Chapter’s newest AICP recipients; and MAP scholarship recipients. Participants will enjoy networking and a cash bar starting at 5:30 pm, followed by dinner. The awards program begins at 6:30 pm.

Saturday, Sept. 22

9:00 – 10:15 am

Approaches to Resilience in Michigan: A New Way Forward | 1.25 AICP CM | MCP
Municipalities across Michigan are actively developing, implementing, and cultivating innovative codes, regulations, policies, and programs that help build greater local resilience. Some municipalities are further along than others. However, most municipalities recognize that the work they do today will have significant impacts on the social, economic, and environmental systems of their community far into the future. This session features some of Michigan’s foremost practitioners, their local efforts, challenges, and solutions. Learn how they are successfully addressing the challenges of climate change and building greater community resilience.

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Elected Officials Academy 101
What is the Elected Officials Academy and why should I join? The League’s Elected Officials Academy is a leading, voluntary, four-level, recognition program that has been emulated by several state municipal leagues since its inception in 1997. Hundreds of Michigan officials have graduated from the program, and many more are actively working on completing credits at the various levels. Attend this session to hear from League staff and EOA graduates about the need for education, the importance of participating in the EOA, and details on what is needed to graduate from each of the levels.

It’s Budget Time. Do you Know Where Your Revenue Is?
Mapping out how much property tax, revenue sharing, and other dollars each part of your community generates can be a great way to show stakeholders where–literally–your local budget dollars are generated. The results may be surprising, and can change your conversations about the budget, development incentives, and even your zoning ordinance. You’ll have a chance to look at sample maps prepared by League staff and others, and let us know how these approaches could best help your community.

Short Term Rentals: Trends, Impacts & Options
With the rise of the short-term rental phenomenon, many communities are struggling to come up with a fair and effective system for maximizing the benefits of home-sharing while mitigating any negative impact on neighbors and the community. To make these decisions, manage these rentals effectively, and navigate the inevitable debates, it’s important for local leaders, the public, real estate agents, and others to discuss and understand both the positive and negative impacts they can bring.

10:30 AM – Noon

Closing General Session: Civic Engagement Strategy: Inclusivity for the Win | 1.5 AICP CM | MCP
When we plan for the future success of our communities, how well are we considering the needs and challenges of all of our citizens? Are the local leaders playing a key role in facilitating these discussions with the citizens? Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson of Gary, Indiana will talk about the critical importance of civic engagement as a necessary component for long-term community success, and how engaging people of all genders, ethnicities, and socio-economic statuses is a key responsibility of community leaders.

Karen Freeman Wilson, Mayor, Gary, Indiana; 1st Vice President, National League of Cities
Karen Freeman Wilson, Mayor, Gary, Indiana; 1st Vice President, National League of Cities

 Online registration is now closed.  If you would like to attend the conference, you must register on site.  There is a $50 additional fee for onsite registration.