Pre-Conference Workshops

Tuesday, March 18
Pre-conference workshops are available for an additional fee to Capital Conference registration.

Remaking Main Street: How to Design Walkable Urban Thoroughfares
8:00 am-2:00 pm
The traditional American Main Street did more than move traffic; it was the ideal setting for commerce and social interaction. Today, real estate trends show the Main Street model is back in demand for major commercial streets in suburbs and cities alike. Through generous funding from the Kresge Foundation, the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) will teach you how to resolve the challenges in building streets that make communities more valuable and livable to meet the growing needs of Michigan. The teachings will come directly out of CNU’s Designing Walkable Thoroughfares manual. Register.

Driving the Food Truck Future
9:00 am-Noon
Mobile food vending is expected to soar in the next five years, generating up to $2.7 billion in revenue nationally by 2017. Get your community on board this fast-growing entrepreneurial trend. Hear from the experts how innovative zoning, regulation, and legislation can break down the barriers to this lighter, quicker, and cheaper approach to business and community revitalization. Food truck entrepreneurs will also offer a how-to for working with local businesses to launch a successful food truck rally in your community. Register.

Placemaking in Practice
9:00 am-Noon
ArtServe and the League will present successful placemaking projects from across the state with a focus on cultural economic development and public art as a catalyst. League staff will share the tools and lessons learned from successful local placemaking case studies, ranging from community-driven park management to activating underperforming space through physical design, art and performance. ArtServe will provide expertise on successful techniques of creative placemaking and the economic impacts of cultural economic development, as well as insights from its annual Creative State of Michigan report. Register.

Charting the Course for Municipalities: Increasing Community Development by Increasing Educational Attainment
9:00 am-1:00 pm
Michigan's Local College Access Networks, community-based alliances committed to increasing the rate of citizens with a quality post-secondary credential, are drivers of change to shake up the way we do business in our communities and can help to create and sustain a rich, local talent pool. Hear from the experts at the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) and the National League of Cities how municipal leaders can collaborate with business, education, philanthropy and nonprofits to build stronger future communities with a highly educated workforce. You'll also learn how MCAN provides ongoing technical and financial assistance to those communities who embrace a postsecondary educational strategy. Due to a generous grant from the National League of Cities, this program will be offered at a $50 discount. Register.

Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys (MAMA) 28th Annual Advanced Institute
9:00 am-4:30 pm
Stay current on the latest legal issues affecting Michigan local governments. A group of top experts will review recent court decisions and legislation, discuss the challenges being faced, and offer strategies to deal with them. This is the perfect opportunity to “meet and greet” your colleagues while you network and exchange ideas and experiences. You will leave this session with a better understanding of current legal issues and the impact they will have on the municipalities you represent. Register.



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