Session Handouts

Thursday, Sept. 20

9:00 – 10:30 AM

Opening General Session: Empowering Communities to Set Their Own Destinies | 1.25 AICP CM | MCP

Patrice Frey, President and CEO, National Main Street Center

Patrice Frey, President and CEO, National Main Street Center

11:00 AM – 12: 15 PM 

Townhall Live: Bridging the Gap Between Local and State Government | 1.25 AICP CM | MCPNoon – 1:45 pm

Principles to Establish Traditional Neighborhoods in Cities and Suburbs Working Lunch | 1 AICP CM | MCP

Robert J. Gibbs, AICP, ASLA, CNU-A, Gibbs Planning Group


12:30 – 2:00 pm

Lunch on the Go

MML Board of Trustees Meeting

1:45 – 3:15 PM

HR Up in Smoke: The Intersection between Marijuana Legalization and Employment Law | 1.5 AICP CM LAW | MCP
Session Materials 

2:00 – 3:15 pm

Amazon: Michigan's Wakeup Call or the Beginning of the End? | 1.25 AICP CM | MCP

Complete Streets + Green Infrastructure = Vital Streets! | 1.25 AICP CM | MCP 

Suzanne M. Schulz, AICP, City of Grand Rapids | Chris Zull, City of Grand Rapids

Domicology: Re-Imagining the Built Environment | 1.25 AICP CM | MCP
Rex L. LaMore, PhD, Michigan State University

Hit Them with Your Best Shot: Attracting Businesses and Developers | 1.25 AICP CM | MCP

Session Materials

Open Meetings Act and Freedom of Information Act: Back to the Basics

RFPs: Finding the Perfect Fit | 1.25 AICP CM | MCP
Carmine P. Avantini, AICP, CIB Planning, Inc.
President John L. Enos, AICP, Carlisle | Wortman Associates, Inc.
Brad Strader, AICP, PTP, MKSK
Sarah Traxler, AICP, NCI, McKenna

Presentation and Handout Materials 

2:00 – 5:00 PM

Unleash the Power of Small-Scale Manufacturing | 2.5 AICP CM | MCP
Ilana Preuss, Recast City LLC

3:30 – 4:45 PM

Creating Sustainable Retail Districts | 1.25 AICP CM | MCP
Bobby Boone, AICP, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation
Martha Potere, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation

Look What You Can Do with GIS! | 1.25 AICP CM | MCP
Jill Bahm, AICP, Giffels Webster
Mike Kozak, PE, Giffels Webster
Rod Arroyo, AICP, GIffels Webster

Michigan Municipal League’s Community Excellence Award Presentations

5:30 – 8:30 PM 

7:00 – 8:30 PM 

PlanningMI Trivia Extravaganza

Friday, Sept. 21

7:30 – 8:45 am

MAP Annual Meeting and AICP Breakfast Option – Tactical Innovation for Small and Rural Towns | 1 AICP CM | | MCP

Deb Brown, SaveYour.Town

Deb Brown,

Session Materials

9:00 – 10:15 am

Infrastructure, Natural Resources, and the Blue Economy | 1.25 AICP CM | MCP
Kelly Karll, Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG)
Kevin Vettraino, AICP, SEMCOG


Leading Change vs Managing Change | 1.25 AICP CM | MCP
Jon Lynch, AICP, Three Rivers Corporation  

Presentation and Session Handout

Ten Ways a Zoning Ordinance Discourages Quality Development, Part Two | 1.25 AICP CM | MCP
Patrick Sloan, AICP, McKenna
Christopher Khorey, AICP, McKenna

Presentation and Session Handout

What Matters in Michigan: State of the Cities, etc.

9:00 – 10:30 AM

Mobility, The Community Conversation | 1.5 AICP CM Ethics | MCP
9:00 AM – Noon

CNU Rules for Great Places: The Project for Code Reform | 2.75 AICP CM | MCP

Fostering an Inclusive Community Environment | 2.75 AICP CM | MCP

Game of Floods | 2.75 AICP CM | MCP

10:45 AM – Noon

Help! Can We Really Afford What We Want to Build? | 1.25 AICP CM | MCP

Carlisle | Wortman Associates, Inc.


Master Planning: The Critical Role of Elected Leaders and the Planning Commission | 1.25 AICP CM | MCP
Adam Young, AICP, Wade Trim

Session Materials 

Perceptions of Planning: Insights from Local Leaders | 1.25 AICP CM | MCP
Debra Horner, PhD, University of Michigan Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy
Sarah Mills, PhD, University of Michigan Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy

Redevelopment Ready Communities (RRC) Office Hours
Christopher Germain, AICP
Karen Wieber, AICP
Brett Hanlon, AICP
Pablo Majano
Elizabeth King
Michelle Parkkonen, AICP

Social Media Pitfalls and Upsides for Communities | 1.25 AICP CM | MCP

We Need More Parking! (But Do We Really?) | 1.25 AICP CM | MCP

Tom Brown, Nelson/Nygaard
Brad Strader, AICP, PTP, MKSK
Nicole VanNess, Traverse City DDA


Noon – 2:00 PM

Keynote Lunch:  The New Localism:  Utilizing Public, Private, and Civic Partnerships to Become a Change Engine | .75 AICP CM | MCP

Bruce Katz, Co-Author, "The New Localism"

Bruce Katz, Co-Author, “The New Localism” 

Session Materials 

2:00 – 5:00 PM

Site Plan Review | Master Citizen Planner credits only

Adam Young, AICP, Wade Trim

2:15 – 3:30 PM 

Improving the Tone and Quality of our Civic Discourse | Master Citizen Planner credits only

From Bills to the Ballot Box – Legislative Insights from the League’s Lobbying Team | Master Citizen Planner credits only

New Localism Follow Up | 1.25 AICP CM | MCP

Smart, Accessible, Connected | 1.25 AICP CM | MCP
Zahra Bahrani Fard
Dr. Jonathan Levine
Niles Annelin, Connected and Automated Vehicle Policy and Environmental Policy Planner, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)
Moderator: Adela Spulber, Transportation Systems Analyst, Center for Automotive Research (CAR)


The Keys to Putting Ethics into Action | Master Citizen Planner credits only

2:15 – 3:45 PM

Planners and City Managers | 1.25 AICP CM | MCP
Keith Baker, AICP, CFM, City of Coldwater
Juan Ganum, City of Bridgman
Brad Kaye, City of Midland
Laura Lam, City of Kalamazoo
Dan Swallow, AICP, MPA, City of Tecumseh
Moderator: Jon Lynch, AICP, formerly City of Midland

The Power of the Wind: A Michigan Story | 1.5 AICP CM LAW | 1.5 MCP
Sarah Mills, University of Michigan Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy
Emily Palacios, Miller Canfield

Presentation and Session Handout

3:45 – 5:00 PM 

The Sky's the Limit: Big Data, Drones, and the Internet of Things | 1.25 AICP CM | MCP

Adrianna Jordan, AICP, Quantify
Daniel Brooks, Quantify
Zachary Halberd, Quantify


Trail Towns | 1.25 AICP CM | MCP 
Harry Burkholder, AICP, Land Information Access Association


Planning Excellence Awards Banquet | $75

Saturday, Sept. 22

9:00 – 10:15 am

Approaches to Resilience in Michigan: A New Way Forward | 1.25 AICP CM | MCP


Elected Officials Academy 101

It’s Budget Time. Do you Know Where Your Revenue Is?


Short Term Rentals: Trends, Impacts & Options

10:30 AM – Noon

Closing General Session: Civic Engagement Strategy: Inclusivity for the Win | 1.5 AICP CM | MCP

Karen Freeman Wilson, Mayor, Gary, Indiana; 1st Vice President, National League of Cities
Karen Freeman Wilson, Mayor, Gary, Indiana; 1st Vice President, National League of Cities