Kalamazoo, MI

  • Radisson Plaza Hotel (map)
  • 100 West Michigan Street
  • Kalamazoo, MI
  • United States

Charles Marohn will lead several sessions at the Michigan Local Government Management Association's Winter Institute.

9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Conference Keynote: Curbside Chat

Why are our cities and towns so short of resources despite decades of robust growth? Why do we struggle at the local level just to maintain our basic infrastructure? What do we do now that the economy has changed so dramatically? The answers lie in the way we have developed; the financial productivity of our places. This stunning presentation is a game-changer for communities looking to grow more resilient and obtain true prosperity during changing times.

10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Breakout Session: Neighborhoods First

Risky, low returning projects too often become expensive boondoggles that haunt a community for decades. Public officials everywhere are desperately seeking an alternative. This talk will cover the "Neighborhoods First" approach to show how a community can grow stronger by making small, incremental investments over time.

3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Breakout Session: Curbside Chat Follow-up and Q&A

An interactive follow-up and Q&A session to further discuss the Strong Towns concepts, including America's Suburban Experiment; the Growth Ponzi Scheme; the illusion of wealth; mechanisms of growth; and incremental and traditional development models.

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