LANSING, Michigan - Michigan Municipal League's Dan Gilmartin was the moderator of a panel of experts talking about the role downtown's and Michigan's cities will play in the state's future.
The discussion, called "The Role of Central Cities in Revitalizing Michigan" took place Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011 at the Lansing Center in Lansing, and was part of the Michigan Society of Association Executives annual Legislative Conference.
The discussion centered on the importance of place and how to keep Michigan's college graduates from leaving the state by offering vibrant downtowns where today's young people want to live and work. The theme of the talk to MSAE members from throughout the state was very consistent with the League's Center for 21st Century Communities program. Go here for more information on the League's 21c3 initiative.
The panelists Wednesday were Lou Glazer, president of Michigan Future Inc.; David Egner, director of the New Economy Initiative and President/CEO of the Hudson Webber Foundations; Gary Heidel, executive director of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority; Kirk Lewis, group executive for Corporate & Civic Affairs for the City of Detroit; and Susan Mosey, director of the Woodward Corridor Initiative and President of the University Cultural Association. The event was attended by MSAE members and the speaker prior to the panel discussion was Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, who talked about Reinventing Michigan. For more about the Michigan Municipal League and what we do go to mml.org.
For additional photos from the panel discussion go to the League's flickr page here.
Matt Bach is director of communications for the Michigan Municipal League and can be reached at (734) 669-6317 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michigan Municipal League CEO Dan Gilmartin leads a panel discussion on the role of cities in revitalizing Michigan. For additional photos from the panel discussion go to the League's flickr page here.