Thompsonville, MI

Each year, the Michigan Rural Council welcomes regional, national and international speakers and presenters to the Small Town & Rural Development Conference whose expertise and passion make this event the premier conference for rural community development in Michigan. The annual conference provides an opportunity to share, learn and connect with leaders across Michigan working to support and promote vibrant rural communities. 

Chuck Marohn will give a lunchtime keynote presentation as part of this event. His presentation will take place at 12pm.

In this presentation, Charles Marohn explains, in plain language, how so many American cities have found themselves in decline after decades of “growth.” The problem lies in the current model of development — one which values short-term gains over long-term prosperity. To strengthen our cities and ensure their economic success, we must look to traditional ways of building cities. In this presentation, Marohn will explain how active citizens, local officials and design professionals can change the negative trajectory in their towns and help them to become more resilient — no matter what challenges lie ahead.


BONUS: Want to grab a drink with Chuck and your fellow Strong Towns members? We're heading up to visit Traverse City, our 2017 Strongest Town contest winner, for a casual happy hour following Chuck's presentation. Join us at 5pm at Rare Bird Brewpub (229 Lake St., Traverse City). Attendance at Chuck's Thompsonville event is not required; feel free to bring a friend.

Please note: Rare Bird does not accept advanced reservations, so please look for Chuck (see his photo on our staff page for reference) or mingle with your fellow Strong Towns fans until he arrives. 

RSVP below so we know to look out for you. 

RSVP for the Traverse City meet up here

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