Summit to focus on developing a regional brand for Downriver

The 2012 Downriver Summit will bring together business and community leaders to discuss developing a "brand" for the Downriver Region
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Oct. 30, 2012 - PRLog -- CONTACT: Sandy Mull

         734.284.6000 ext. 29

On Tuesday, November 13th, business leaders, community leaders, cultural organizations, economic developers and many others will come together to begin the process of creating a regional brand for Downriver.  

This year’s Summit features outstanding speakers including Macomb County Executive Mark Hackle; Rodney Stokes, the Governor’s special advisor for placemaking and Arnold Weinfeld, director of strategic initiatives at the Michigan Municipal League and an author of the MIplace initiative.  These and others will help to create a blueprint for branding the region that includes 21 highly livable communities.  Featured at this year’s Summit will be videos from two Michigan Department of Transportation workshops that took place in the Downriver area in preparation for the Summit: a Training Wheels workshop, focusing on bicycle friendliness, that was held in River Rouge and a Walkability Audit that was held in Trenton.  Both were facilitated by nationally recognized experts in the field of placemaking.  Other features of the event will be a panel of young entrepreneurs on living and working Downriver; a moderated table discussion of community “pride points” during lunch and an informational expo.

The Summit will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Wayne County Community College District’s Downriver Campus in the Heinz C. Prechter Educational and Performing Arts Center. The cost to attend is $15 per person or $10 per person for groups of ten or more.  Advanced registration is requested.  Included in the ticket price are a continental breakfast and a box lunch.  The first 100 to register will receive a complimentary copy of the book, The Economics of Place.  To reserve your spot for this event, or for more information, call 734.284.6000 or email  

The Summit is hosted by the Downriver Community Conference; Downriver Linked Greenways; Michigan Sea Grant; SEMCA; SEMCOG; Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber and Wayne County Community College District.
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