Michigan Municipal League to Co-Host Midwestern Summit for Michigan Infrastructure Week

Press Release


Matt Bach
Director of Communications
Michigan Municipal League
(734) 669-6317; C: (810) 874-1073
[email protected];


Michigan Municipal League to Co-Host Midwestern Summit for Michigan Infrastructure Week

Discussion brings together Governor, mayors, state and national experts

LANSING, Mich. ― As part of the national Infrastructure Week, the Michigan Municipal League (MML) and Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association (MITA) are hosting the Midwestern Summit on Tuesday, May 14, starting at 8:30 a.m. at Lansing Brewing Company (518 E. Shiawassee Street, Lansing, MI 48912).to discuss the future of infrastructure in the state.

The free summit will be one of only four infrastructure summits across the nation during Infrastructure Week. MML and MITA will co-host the event, bringing in representatives and experts to discuss regional infrastructure strategy, financing and connectivity.

Key events of the day:

9:00     Welcome: Video and Brief Remarks
The Honorable Andy Schor, Mayor, Lansing, Michigan

9:05    Mayor to Mayor: Leading the Urban Infrastructure Renaissance

  • The Honorable Andy Schor, Mayor, Lansing, Michigan
  • The Honorable Karen Weaver, Mayor, Flint, Michigan
  • The Honorable Bobby J. Hopewell, Kalamazoo, Michigan

9:45    Federal Policy Update and What’s Next in Infrastructure Funding

  • Rodney Slater, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs and Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation
  • Paul Ajegba, Director, Michigan Department of Transportation
  • Mike Nystrom, Executive Vice President/Secretary, The Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association


10:35   Project Update: The Gordie Howe Bridge
Moderator: Patrick Sabol, Co-Founder, Infrastructure Week

  • Laura Aylsworth, Vice President and Branch Manager, AECOM
  • Peter Byrne, Director, AECOM

10:50   Beyond Asphalt and Concrete: Infrastructure for Placemaking
                        Moderator: Dan Gilmartin Executive Director & CEO, Michigan Municipal League

  • Paula D. Cunningham, State Director, Michigan AARP
  • Jared Fleisher, Vice President, Quicken Loans Family of Companies
  • Margaret Trimer, Director, Corporate Communications and Citizenship, Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana

11:50    What’s Next in Mobility
Moderator: Seun Phillip, Director, PlanetM

  • HOLD: Manufacturer
  • Marcus Welz, President, Siemens Mobility Intelligent Traffic Systems, and President and CEO, Bytemark, Inc.
  • Eric Morris, Vice President & Office Leader, HNTB

12:30     Governor’s Keynote
The Honorable Gretchen Whitmer, Governor, Michigan

The State of Michigan was recently awarded the Worst Roads in America and was given a D+ overall grade in the 2018 Infrastructure Report Card from the American Society of Civil Engineers.

If you are a member of the press, feel free to reach out directly to Abby Gardner at [email protected]. There is security on site, so please plan to arrive early.
To register as an attendee, visit A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

For additional information, contact the League’s Matt Bach, director of communications, at (810) 874-1073 (cell); (734) 669-6317 (office) and [email protected].

About the League: Michigan Municipal League is dedicated to making Michigan’s communities better by thoughtfully innovating programs, energetically connecting ideas and people, actively serving members with resources and services, and passionately inspiring positive change for Michigan’s greatest centers of potential: its communities. The League advocates on behalf of its member communities in Lansing, Washington, D.C., and the courts; provides educational opportunities for elected and appointed municipal officials; and assists municipal leaders in administering services to their communities through League programs and services. Learn more at


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