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Coastal Resiliency Training Workshops to Focus on Northwest Michigan Region

TRAVERSE CITY, MI – Changes to lake levels and the climate are forcing coastal communities in Michigan to reevaluate how they manage land use, new development, and infrastructure. Two trainings coming to Traverse City aim to equip local leaders to respond.

The 90-minute “Coastal Resiliency” workshops will be held June 21 and 22 in the Conference Center at the Traverse City Michigan Works building, 1209 S. Garfield Ave. The first workshop will provide a broad overview of coastal dynamics, resilience planning, and how changes in climate are impacting local communities. The second workshop will be more technical, providing an overview of scenario-based planning tools and how planners and local officials can use data to inform local planning.

These no-cost workshops will teach local planners, planning commissioners, elected officials, municipal staff, and interested citizens in the 10 counties of northwest Lower Michigan how to address these dynamic challenges and build greater resiliency in their communities. Each workshop will present unique information, so participants are encouraged to attend both workshops:

Thursday, June 21, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm - Workshop One, Introduction to Coastal Dynamics and Resiliency

Featured Presentations from:

  • Harry Burkholder, Executive Director, LIAA
  • Dr. Guy Meadows, Director, Great Lakes Research Center, Michigan Technological University
  • Dr. Richard Norton, Professor, University of Michigan

Friday, June 22, 9:30 am - 11:00 am - Workshop Two, Resiliency Planning at Work

Featured Presentation from:

  • John Paskus, Senior Conservation Scientist, Michigan Natural Features Inventory

Additional Topics:

  • How to use scenario planning and climate futures
  • Understanding and gathering coastal data
  • Mapping high-risk areas and management options
  • How to conduct vulnerability assessments

There is no cost to attend these workshops, but pre-registration is encouraged by visiting The workshops are funded in part by the Michigan Coastal Zone Management Program, Department of Natural Resources, Office of the Great Lakes, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, with support by Networks Northwest. Food and light refreshments will be provided.

For more information please contact:
Harry Burkholder, AICP, Executive Director, LIAA


The professionals at Networks Northwest help our City Council, Planning Commission, and staff make thoughtful decisions to ensure our community is sustainable and resilient for many years to come.

Mark Heydlauff, Charlevoix City Manager