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Draft Agenda for 2018 Summit


9:00 AM

9:10 AM
State of the Region's Housing

9:15 AM
Michigan Housing Initiatives 
Local and regional representatives will discuss housing issues and initiatives throughout Michigan.


10:00 AM 

Local Housing Initiatives

Community-driven housing groups will discuss their organizational structure, goals, recent activities, and lessons learned.


10:45 AM - BREAK




Making a Deal: How Local Projects Came to Be


We’re Not Going to Build Our Way Out of This: Creative Solutions in Reuse, Redevelopment, and Incremental Development


Make Development Easy and Fun with Zoning




12:15 PM  

Community Cornerstone Awards
The Housing Cornerstone Awards highlight communities and organizations in Northwest Lower Michigan that have made positive, significant contributions to housing for all residents.

12:30 PM 

Lunch Keynote: Incremental Development Alliance
The Incremental Development Alliance is a not-for-profit alliance of practitioners who train small developers, helping citizens strengthen their own neighborhoods and helping city champions get the kind of development their community wants. Strong places are built at the speed of trust from the bottom up, and today's cities need systems to support that incremental development. It's messy, slow, and difficult work but this is how great places come to be. Incremental Development Alliance works with local stakeholders to build the capacity for locals to invest in their own neighborhoods, and to help institutions encourage that small scale development. Appointments with IncDevAll staff will be available after the keynote for specific questions and assistance.


1:30 PM - BREAK


1:45 PM
Housing Policy Update & Working Session

Housing Partnership staff and advocacy consultant will provide an update on the Partnership’s advocacy platform and lead an exercise to prioritize activities.


2:30 PM 
Communications Working Session
Housing Partnership staff and communications consultant will lead participants inin an exercise to develop and focus messaging for the Housing Partnership Communications Strategy.


2:00 - 5:00 PM 
IncDevAll appointments

Local housing stakeholders are invited to schedule a one-on-one appointment with Incremental Development Alliance staff to discuss specific development or capacity issues.

4:00 PM  
Housing Leader Roundtable

Representatives from local, community-driven housing initiatives are invited to participate in an informal roundtable to share updates and progress. Summit attendees are welcome to join the discussion.


$45 Early bird: Register by September 23

$55 Registration: September 24 - October 12

Register online*:

*The deadline to register is October 12


Networks Northwest always proves to be a valued resource for our local government planning efforts. No organization does a better job of convening partners, promoting collaboration, and reporting on the data than does Networks Northwest

Ty Wessell, Leelanau County Commissioner