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Creating Opportunities Summit November 6 in Traverse City

News Release
October 28, 2013

Media Contact:         
Dan Boss, Program Publicity Specialist
(231) 929-5047



Creating Opportunities Summit November 6 in Traverse City  


TRAVERSE CITY, MI—Creating opportunities for everyone in the community will be the focus of the Creating Opportunities Summit November 6 in Traverse City. Many groups are discussing how to improve the community. The Summit will bring all those discussions together and make sure that people in poverty are a part of creating opportunities and finding solutions. The event will run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Bayview Wesleyan Church located at 720 Wayne Street. The Summit is being organized by the Traverse Bay Poverty Reduction Initiative (PRI) in partnership with the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments as a project of Framework for Our Future.


The featured speaker at the Creating Opportunities Summit will be nationally known poverty expert Dr. Donna Beegle. She spent years living in poverty but eventually went to college and earned her PhD. Beegle will discuss how people in poverty are affected by a community’s infrastructure including transportation, housing, energy, education, employment, and healthy food. The Summit will also include breakout sessions focused on improving community infrastructure and creating opportunities that benefit people in poverty and the entire community.


The Creating Opportunities Summit includes lunch. There is no cost to attend but registration is required at: or by calling Anna at 231-929-5067.


The Traverse Bay Poverty Reduction Initiative (PRI) is a community-driven, collaborative effort to reduce poverty in the Traverse Bay region. PRI consists of representatives from local businesses, public and government agencies, and concerned citizens. Working subcommittees focus on five strategic directions: Navigators, Mentoring, Education, Advocacy, and Communications.


The Framework for Our Future is a project of the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments. The project is a grassroots effort to help local decision makers define and implement the guiding principles of The Grand Vision in Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, and Wexford counties.



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