Summer 2018 Annual Meeting

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Wednesday, August 22

3:00 - 5:00pm

​Steering Committee Meeting

Members only

5:00 - 7:00pm

Welcome Reception


Dinner on your own.

Thursday, August 23

​7:30 - 8:30am

Registration & Breakfast

8:30 - 9:00am

Welcome & Introductions

9:00 - 10:45am

Equitable Economic Development

10:45 - 11:00am


11:00 - 12:00pm

Innovation Showcase

12:00 - 12:45pm


​12:45 - 2:30pm

Net Zero Water Utilities

2:30 - 3:00pm


3:00 - 5:30pm

Tours of Grand Rapids

6:30 - 7:00pm


7:00 - 9:00pm

Dinner & Keynote

Friday, August 24

8:00 - 9:00am


9:00 - 10:45am

Benefits of Healthy Urban Forests

10:45 - 11:00am


11:00 - 12:30pm

Walking Tour

12:30 - 1:15pm


1:15 - 3:00pm

Smart Cities



3:00 - 4:00

Steering Committee Meeting

Members only

Saturday, August 25 - Sunday, August 26

All Day

We encourage you to stay the weekend and enjoy all that Grand Rapids has to offer! Here’s a few ideas to get you started:


Member cities: FREE! Contact to learn more about membership. 
Non-member cities: Early-bird rate through Friday, May 11 - $250. After Friday, May 11 - $325.
Non-profits/Academic: $400/person
We invite Mayors, other local elected executive-branch leaders, and their senior staff to attend our meetings from the US and Canada only. Other elected local government leaders and staff should contact their executive and/or us for an invitation. Registration covers the cost of materials and all meals listed on the agenda. View our refund cancellation policy here.  If you're with an NGO or a business interested in presenting at or sponsoring a meeting, learn more here or contact

A room block has been reserved at the JW Marriott, 235 Louis St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, at a rate of $189/night plus tax. The hotel is within walking distance of all meetings and meals. Attendees are responsible for their own reservations. Please book no later than Friday, July 27. Instructions:

  1. Book online here, or
  2. Call our dedicated group reservation line at 877.901.6632 (no passcode necessary).



Getting to Grand Rapids

The Gerald Ford Airport (GRR) is approximately 14 miles from the JW Marriott.


Ground Transportation

Details coming soon!



Meeting Content: Katya Szabados, 608-262-5831,

Travel & Logistics: Emily Miota, 608-263-7958,