POPULUS is a one day conference on
March 28th, 2014.

DATE: Friday, March 28, 2014
TIME: 8:30 am to 3:00 pm
LOCATION: Kalamazoo State Theatre, 404 South Burdick Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Populus 2014 is about people changing community!  Get ready to create change: Please arrive at 8:30 am!  Dress is casual. Jeans are acceptable. Clothes are required (LOL!).

What will we be doing together?

  • Networking and Registration
    Take time to visit and prepare for change!
  • A Special Welcome
    The Honorable Rick Snyder, Governor of the State of Michigan
  • Why Public Policy Matters & Its Importance to Community Growth
    Tim Terrentine, Southwest Michigan First
  • People Changing Community: Stories from the Frontlines
    Greg Vaughn, Cornerstone Alliance
  • Demographic Changes & Local Government
    Christopher Leinberger, Land Use Strategist and Developer
    Introduction by Harvey Hollins III, Governor's Office of Urban and Metropolitan Initiatives
  • People Changing Community: Stories from the Frontlines
    Lauren Courtney and Shantell Williams, Youth Governors
  • People Changing Community: Stories from the Frontlines
    Carrie Heath and Sydney Hill, kzoouncaged.com
  • Wake Up Everybody!
    Jamar Herron, Accompanist
  • What's the Temperature in Here?
    Polling Session and Climate Survey
  • Lunch Bell!
    Enjoy a Strolling Lunch in Downtown Kalamazoo
  • Marching to the Beat of the Same Drum
    Surprise!
  • Rise of the Creative Class
    Richard Florida, Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, Global Research Professor at New York University, and the Founder of the Creative Class Group
    Introduction by Carrie Pickett-Erway, Kalamazoo Community Foundation
  • How to Get Involved in Public Policy?
    Improv Effects
  • Where is Michigan Going in 2014?
    Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, State of Michigan
    Introduction by William U. Parfet, MPI Research
  • Using Technology for Efficient Government
    Nigel Jacob, City of Boston Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics
    Introduction by Mayor Bobby Hopewell, City of Kalamazoo
  • What Will You Take from Populus?
    Ron Kitchens, Southwest Michigan First

We thank our sponsors for their contribution to the future of Southwest Michigan!


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