2018 MML Convention

September 20-22
Amway Grand & DeVos Place, Grand Rapids


The Michigan Municipal League and the Michigan Association of Planners are partnering up for this year’s Convention! With double the power, we’ll bring you more of what you want.

MORE breakout sessions
MORE topics
MORE mobile tours

Bonus – ArtPrize will be in full swing throughout the city!

We hope to see you in Grand Rapids!


Early Bird Available until August 23 

Member Rate: $390 
Non-Member Government Rate: $465 

Regular Rate Available until September 12 

Member Rate: $465 
Non-Member Government Rate: $540 

Late Registration Rate for all registrations after September 12 

Member Rate: $515 
Non-Member Government Rate: $590


For the complete Convention 2018 agenda and program visit convention.mml.org


Registration
To register online, login to the right, and then click the "Register Myself" or "Register Someone Else" button below.

Fax
Please fax registration form to 734.669.4223, then mail with
check payable to: Michigan Municipal League, P.O. Box 7409,
Ann Arbor, MI 48107-7409

Click here for a faxable form.

Housing
Housing reservations will only be accepted for registered Convention attendees with a personalized housing registration code. Within 48 hours of the League receiving your conference registration form, you will receive a confirmation email containing your registration information, your personalized housing code, and all housing options secured by the Michigan Municipal League.

More information can be found on the 2018 Convention website.

9/20/2018 - 9/22/2018
Amway Grand Plaza
187 Monroe Avenue NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Event Add-On's

   

Thursday, 20 September 2018

 
Select this option if a guest will be attending.
9/20/2018 8:30 AM - 9/22/2018 12:00 PM
8:30 AM
Donate $25 to the MML Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit.
9/20/2018 8:30 AM - 9/22/2018 12:00 PM
8:30 AM
Donate $50 to the MML Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit.
9/20/2018 8:30 AM - 9/22/2018 12:00 PM
8:30 AM
Donate $50 to the MML Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit.
9/20/2018 8:30 AM - 9/22/2018 12:00 PM
8:30 AM
The Citizen Planner Program consists of a six-session course leading to a certificate of completion awarded by MSU Extension. The course is intended for local appointed and elected officials, zoning administrators, and interested citizens. The program cost is $105 and includes the MSU Extension Citizen Planner Program; notebook with extensive handout materials; the opening general session Thursday; lunch during the classroom session Thursday; and the keynote Luncheon Friday. This fee is in addition to your conference fee. Sign in and out required.
9/20/2018 9:00 AM - 9/22/2018 1:00 PM
9:00 AM
Join us on a trolley ride that starts in the heart of Grand Rapids' downtown and winds its way through some of Grand Rapids funkiest areas. The tour showcases revitalized buildings and neighborhoods, historic areas, two round-a-bouts, thriving business areas and entertainment centers, and many other amenities that make us Grand. The tour will be led by planners who live and work in the area. Participants will have the option of visiting the Brewery Vivant at the end of the tour or strolling through several unique shops and restaurants before heading back to the Amway Grand. For those that just can't get enough, transit tokens to downtown will be available for those interested in creating their own tour along the way.
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
2:00 PM
Ada Township adopted Envision Ada, a business district revitalization plan, in 2013. Since 2008, plan implementation has been rapid, with new street construction, demolition of a former commercial strip center, new commercial/residential/mixed-use development and new civic amenities creating an attractive extension of the historic village core. A brief presentation at the township hall will be followed by a guided walk and Q&A session at a local brewpub.
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
2:00 PM
The New Urbanism is a design movement toward complete, compact, connected communities-but it is also a generator of ideas that transform the landscape. Communities are shaped by the movement and flow of ideas, and New Urbanism has been a particularly rich source of the currents that have directed planning and development in recent decades. In and around Grand Rapids, form-based and hybrid form-based codes have been adopted to help implement New Urbanist principles, and several recent projects and charrettes have mirrored this. Those on the bus tour will explore two areas that are governed by a strictly form-based code and have been the subject of a recent New Urbanist charrette. Participants will also visit two projects - one small infill and one larger greenfield - to explore if and how real life reflects theory.
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
2:00 PM
Grand Rapids' Roosevelt Park neighborhood is on the leading edge of downtown development pressure. It is also one of Grand Rapids' most culturally diverse neighborhoods. Join us as we explore the unique character of the corridor, grab a bite to eat at one of the many locally-owned eateries, and learn what is being done to preserve the identity and quality of life of neighborhood residents. Plaza Roosevelt is a grand-scale community development project anchored by the Grand Rapids Public Schools' newest Spanish-immersion high school, affordable rental and homeownership opportunities, commercial development, and a bilingual pharmacy.
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
2:00 PM

Friday, 21 September 2018

 
Join us for breakfast in this how-to session that will illustrate how to build connections to implement big ideas in small towns. This engaging session with national small town and rural expert Deb Brown, will explain the importance of taking small steps to encourage growth and success of your community. While you enjoy breakfast, MAP will hold a brief annual meeting.
7:30 AM - 8:45 AM
7:30 AM
Michigan Association of Mayors
7:45 AM - 8:45 AM
7:45 AM
Michigan Black Caucus Local Elected Officials
7:45 AM - 8:45 AM
7:45 AM
Michigan Women in Municipal Government
7:45 AM - 8:45 AM
7:45 AM
Experience Grand Rapids Vital Streets Initiative on an interactive bicycle tour that highlights the work the city is doing to foster safety, healthy places, a vibrant economy, environmental sustainability, and diverse transportation options through implementing complete streets and green infrastructure. Explore the modal tensions that must be overcome to create a fully integrated multimodal network and learn about how you can apply a collaborative approach to bicycle safety in your communities. Bring your own bike and helmet, or rent equipment.
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
9:00 AM
Art plays an integral part in forming community identity and sprouting innovation. Grand Rapid's ArtPrize began nearly nine years ago as an experiment-a totally new event, unlike anything the world had ever seen. On this exciting bus tour, hosted by ArtPrize staff, we will view indoor and outdoor works of art, and hear from Creative Many Michigan about the success of East Lansing's Percent for Art ordinance. Please join us and come away with ideas to take back to your community.
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
9:00 AM
Like every community in our state, Grand Rapids has some older buildings that may be due for a fresh, new use. On this tour of downtown Grand Rapids, participants will get oriented to the geographic and historic context of the area, particularly the 20th century buildings and their ongoing reuse. We'll discuss the value of mid-20th-century resources, the significance of modernism in Michigan communities, and the use or reuse of these resources. This tour should spark some ideas of how to rejuvenate aging or underutilized buildings in your area.
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
9:00 AM
9:00 AM
Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park is a gem in the Grand Rapids metro area. This major cultural attraction centering around horticulture and sculpture opened in 1995 with the support of Fred and Lena Meijer. It is now known around the country and the world for the quality of its art and gardens. Join us for two guided tours, a 45-minute walking tour of the indoor gardens and a 45-minute tram tour of the outdoor gardens.
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
2:00 PM
What does it take for a family farm to survive in the new economy? Now in its fourth generation of family owners, Robinette Apple Haus and Winery has evolved from a produce-growing farm to an "agritourism farm," complete with bakery, cider mill, winery, corn maze and mountain bike trails. Learn from the owner, an elected township official, about what drives the local economy and the challenges of preserving farming for the next generation. Cider and donuts provided!
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
2:00 PM
Hudsonville's Terra Square won the 2017 Community Excellence Awards for its adaptation of an old car dealership into a public market, events, and co-working space. The facility is only the first piece of Hudsonville's efforts to regrow a downtown. This bus and walking tour will explore Terra Square as well as the city's new living street, or "woonerf," private mixed-use development underway nearby, and the city's work to become a certified Redevelopment Ready Community.
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
2:00 PM
Discover how bus, bike, and foot networks link with regional recreational amenities on this multimodal tour. You will ride through parks, on trails and across bridges that are not only used for recreation but for transportation. Experience how good planning and design allows trails to do double duty linking the bus system to neighborhoods, downtowns, and universities.
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
2:00 PM
Enjoy tours and tastes of Grand Rapids newest brewery taprooms on the northwest side of downtown. Hear about the different types of breweries (onsite versus off-site brewing), how Grand Rapids' regulates them, and how the regulations and processes differ from other communities throughout the state. Learn how breweries have become a catalyst for economic development in Grand Rapids. This tour includes a ride on the (free) Downtown Area Shuttle and approximately 1 mile of walking. Participants will have the option to sample 2-3 beers at each of the locations visited.
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
3:30 PM
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 p.m.
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
5:30 PM
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.
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
6:00 PM

Saturday, 22 September 2018

 
In the past decade, farmers markets have become more numerous, sophisticated, and popular across Michigan. Grand Rapids has not one but two award-winning markets-the Downtown Market and the Fulton Street Farmers Market. This tour will focus on the success these markets have enjoyed, and how they have served as catalysts for development and launching pads for numerous entrepreneurs.
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
9:00 AM
Grand Rapids White Water, the city of Grand Rapids, and other partners are working on a $45 million plan to restore the historic Grand River rapids in downtown. The aim of the project is to restore a more natural hydrology and ecosystem in this stretch of the river, improve fisheries, provide a unique and engaging recreational amenity for the region, and catalyze economic development. On this tour, we will hear from project leaders and see some of the planned and ongoing restoration activities.
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
9:00 AM

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