Josh McManus is curator and lead inventor of Little Things Laboratories, an independent innovation laboratory that identifies and acts on pressing problems and emerging opportunities in mid-sized and post-industrial cities. Current projects include the D:hive, a place-based talent retention and attraction storefront in Detroit, Michigan, and Haile’s Kitchen, a foundation innovation model in Cincinnati, Ohio.

We’ve all heard that attracting and keeping talent is the creative lifeblood of any city seeking to grow into the 21st century and beyond. But placemaking can’t work without people—and that means connecting people quickly to the other bright people, places and work they’re passionate about. During the Michigan Municipal League's annual Convention, taking place this year Oct. 3-5 on Mackinac Island, Josh will share his own real-world examples of bringing new talent together to bring new ideas, new businesses, new uses of existing infrastructure, and new tax bases to any city. Check out the Convention agenda and more detailed list of topics to be discussed, including health care reform, cloud computing/Microsoft Office 365, how local governments can address illegal drugs in their communities, and community design and sustainability.

Register for Convention before September 7 to receive the discounted early bird rate!


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