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
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 Center; Department of Geography, Planning and Environment
Todd Womack, UM-Flint Department of Social Work
Bill Zehnder, Cass River Greenway and The Bavarian Inn of Frankenmuth