It takes HOUSING – affordable housing for all, both regionally and locally, where we can live comfortably and be near work, schools, shopping, and desirable amenities. It takes ASSETS – supporting effective strategies to reduce poverty while helping working families achieve lasting financial security.
It takes PEOPLE – pulling together and taking pride in our neighborhoods and downtowns, making them strong, stable and sustainable. It takes PARTNERS – all of us joining together to leverage our resources, focusing our efforts on housing the homeless, revitalizing our cities and towns, preserving our rich heritage and historic treasures, providing affordable housing and making it possible for every Michigan citizen to realize the American dream for themselves and their families. Together, we can continue working to make Michigan’s communities better places to live, work, invest, and play. Places where workers, businesses and entrepreneurs want to locate, invest and expand.
The same creative energy that has exemplified this conference for the past 14 years has only intensified. You can share your thoughts and wish lists. You can listen and absorb the ideas of those around you. You can enjoy the entertainment and leisure time activities with your colleagues. You can network with the dealmakers and financiers. You can learn from the renowned keynotes and expert panel members. You can take advantage of the wide range of topics and up-to-the-minute information in cutting edge sessions. You can find out which of your peers are award winners at the awards luncheon. And we still are asking you to think outside the box because now is the time for forward thinking and taking a visionary approach in our communities. It is essential to the state’s economic transformation.
I encourage you to attend the full conference – experience it all, from the opening keynote with Liz Murray’s inspirational “from homeless to Harvard” message, to the final keynote with Bill Strickland who “sees the inherent genius in everyone”.
You can get more details about the sessions as well as registration at www.housingconference.org. If you have not yet done so, check it out!