Spring Institute 2019

April 25, 2019 | Radisson Hotel in Lansing

(information on Spring Institute 2020 will be posted in early 2020!)


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Thank you to those who participated in this successful event!  PowerPoint presentations are included below from those speakers who provided permission.  As more PowerPoint become available, they will be posted.




Opening Keynote | Talking Across the Divide

Justin Lee, Author | Talking Across the Divide: How to Communicate to People You Disagree With


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 Breakout Sessions

Public Private Partnerships

Greg Milliken, AICP,  Bronson Health 

Elizabeth Luther, AICP, Capital Impact Partners 

Paul Gruber, Manager Product and Business Development, Consumers Energy

Patrick Burtch, City Manager, City of Jackson


 What Planners Need to Know About Municipal Finance

Chris Hackbarth, Director State & Federal Affairs, MML

Richard Murphy, AICP, Civic Innovation Labs Program Coordinator, MML 


Keynote Luncheon| Leadership Versus Management 

 Jon Lynch, AICP Three Rivers Corporation



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The Art and Science of Planning:  Data (the science part) |1.5 AICP CM

Mark O’Dell, Research Analyst, Community Development and Policy Studies, Chicago Fed

Erica Raleigh, Executive Director, Data Driven Detroit

Marisa Laderach, GISP, Beckett & Raeder, Inc

Data Links from the Art and Science of Planning:

The Bridge, Where have all the babies gone? Michigan births lowest since 1944

Esri Business Analyst (Tapestry Segmentation)

ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed)

Center for Neighborhood & Technology

Census Interactive Maps

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Michigan Open Data Portal

Oakland County Open Data Portal

Sperling’s Best Places

Statewide Data Resource from Data Driven Detroit

Peer City Identification Tool, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

The Peer City Identification Tool (PCIT), developed by the Community Development and Policy Studies (CDPS) division of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, is a data comparison and visualization instrument that can help policymakers and practitioners understand a municipality in the context of peer cities. Drawing on city-level indicators from the American Community Survey and historical Decennial Census records, the PCIT performs a cluster analysis to identify groups of similar cities along economic, demographic, social, and housing dimensions. The tool stems from the Industrial Cities Initiative (ICI), a study that profiled ten Midwestern cities with manufacturing legacies, describing how they have fared in socioeconomic terms over time.

Learn more at Peer City Identification Tool


Here We Go Again:  Recreational Marijuana in Michigan |1.5 AICP CM LAW

Andrew Brisbo, Director Bureau of Marijuana Regulation

Catherine Kaufman, JD, AICP, Bauckham, Sparks, Thall, Seeber & Kaufman PC

Landon Bartley, AICP, City of Grand Rapids


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 Closing Plenary  “Experience Session” | 1.25 AICP CM