University of Michigan-Flint
invites you to join us for:

The Power of People and Place

October 24, 2017
8:00 am - 1:30 pm

University of Michigan-Flint
Northbank Center Ballroom 
(Directions to Northbank Center Parking Ramp)
Breakfast and lunch will be served - vegetarian and gluten free options will be available
No charge to attend, but registration is required.

Hear from local business owners, community leaders, UM-Flint faculty, and other influencers about placemaking and its transformational impact on communities.

Keynote: Dan Gilmartin, CEO of Michigan Municipal League

Presenters

Keynote Speaker - Dan Gilmartin

Dan Gilmartin is the executive director and CEO of the Michigan Municipal League. Through his work with communities, Dan is recognized as a national leader in the fields of urban revitalization, placemaking, local government reform, and transportation policy. Under his leadership, the League was recognized by Crain’s Detroit Business as a “Cool Place to Work” in 2011.

Model D Media recently referred to him as “an urban thinker with an eye for the small, oft-unnoticed changes that can make ‘places’ out of streets and buildings.”

Dan serves on the Placemaking Leadership Council and previously served on the Michigan Future, Inc. Leadership Council and the board of directors of the National League of Cities. Prior to his current position, Dan served for four years as the lead advocate for Michigan’s communities in Lansing and in Washington, where he concentrated on a number of key issues including transportation, land use, and urban redevelopment.

In 2010, Dan added radio talk show host to his resume as host of The Prosperity Agenda on News/Talk 760 WJR, which is Michigan’s highest-rated talk station and can be heard throughout the Midwest and Canada. He is a frequent blogger and a contributing author to the books The Economics of Place: The Value of Building Communities Around People and the recent followup Economics of Place: The Art of Building Great Communities. Dan is a frequent speaker on matters pertaining to cities and villages. In 2012, he was selected as the Strategic Association Leader of the Year by the Michigan Society of Association Executives.

Dan is a Michigan kid, a Detroit native (and booster) and currently resides in the historic downtown of Northville, Michigan with his wife Lori and two young sons.

Dan’s blog: Economics of Place

Panelists

Mark Hamel; The Laundry and CRUST, Fenton, MI

Dan Manning, Connect Michigan

Pastor Robert McCathern; Urban Renaissance Center; Flint, MI

Nate Miller, UM-Flint Department of Psychology

Kurt Neiswender, UM-Flint Department of Communication and Visual Arts

Troy Rosencrants, UM-Flint GIS CenterDepartment of Geography, Planning and Environment

Todd Womack, UM-Flint Department of Social Work

Bill Zehnder, Cass River Greenway and The Bavarian Inn of Frankenmuth

Agenda

8:00 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast

8:30 a.m.

Welcome by Dr. Doug Knerr, Provost and Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of Michigan-Flint

Recognition of UM-Flint EDA Center Advisoary Board and University Outreach Faculty Advisory Committee

8:45 a.m.

Initiatives of UM-Flint’s EDA Center

9:45 a.m.

Panel: Placemakers and Their Transformational Impact on Communities​

Moderator: Derek Bradshaw, Director, Genesee County Metropolitan Planning Commission

Panelists:
Mark Hamel, The Laundry and CRUST
Dan Manning, Connect Michigan
Pastor Robert McCathern, Urban Renaissance Center
Bill Zehnder, Cass River Greenway and Frankenmuth’s The Bavarian Inn

10:45 a.m.

Break

11:00 a.m.

Panel: UM-Flint Faculty/Student Applied Research Teams

Moderator: Tom Wyatt, Project Manager, Renew the Avenue

Panelists:
Nathan Miller, UM-Flint Department of Psychology
Kurt Neiswender, UM-Flint Department of Communication and Visual Arts
Troy Rosencrants; UM-Flint GIS Center; Department of Geography, Planning and Environment
Todd Womack, UM-Flint Department of Social Work

12:00 p.m.

Lunch

 

Keynote Speaker: Dan Gilmartin, Executive Director and CEO of Michigan Municipal League

“Innovative Strategies to Transform the Region”              

1:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks    

 

Post-conference Networking