Check In | 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Check in to the Conference, hang out, connect with the cool kids.
Welcome | 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm
ELGL will be welcomed to Detroit by City Councilor Raquel Castañeda-López. A lifelong Detroiter who grew up in Southwest Detroit, Castañeda-López made history by becoming the first Latina elected to the Detroit City Council in November 2013, her first attempt at an elected position. She currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Budget, Audit and Finance committee and as a member of the Public, Health and Safety committee. She was appointed to the Eastern Market Board, serves as an alternate for Council on SEMCOG and is Council’s official liaison to Detroit Public Schools.
#ELGL17 - Thursday May 11
Tours of Detroit | 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Three cultural tours around Detroit to better understand the city as well as its issues and assets.
Tour 1: Downtown and Beyond Bus Tour
The themes that are shaping Detroit right now are community, collaboration and opportunity and on this tour, you’ll see how those themes are woven throughout the city. The route includes an overview of the people, places, and neighborhoods that make up Detroit’s core including Downtown, East Riverfront, Midtown, New Center and Eastern Market. You’ll also see distressed neighborhoods surrounding the core that are developing unique solutions to the challenges they face. Whether you’ve been in Detroit a day or a lifetime this tour will give you a better understanding of Detroit’s past, present and future.
Tour 2: Detroit Innovation Tour
On this tour, we will take you inside Detroit’s most innovative projects where you’ll have the opportunity to meet the people reinventing Detroit. By day’s end, you’ll have an insider’s perspective of where Detroit has come from and more importantly, where it is going. During this tour, we visit three of our community partners who are movers and shakers here in the city, hear their story, and tour their space.
Tour 3: Neighborhood Revitalization Tour
Although Greater Downtown is the most talked about area of Detroit, there’s a lot happening throughout the city. On this tour you’ll get an overview of the Detroit’s beautiful Northwest side. Largely residential, this route will also reveal newly revived retail thoroughfares, gorgeous city parks, and historic educational institutions that remain anchors in the community. You’ll see new development, middle class enclaves, small businesses and innovative solutions citizens are using to combat blight and other issues they face. After this tour you’ll have a better understanding of the past, present and future of Northwest Side.
#ELGL17 - Thursday May 11
Garden Bowl | 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Come network and get to know the other #ELGL17 attendees over some bowling, pizza and drinks. This event is included in your registration and is hosted by Seneca Systems.
Opening Keynote | 8:30 am – 9:30 am
Gina Metrakas, Director, Urban Revitalization at Rock Ventures, LLC
Gina Metrakas, Director of Urban Revitalization for Rock Ventures, focuses on efforts to spark development and revitalization in Detroit. She is responsible for building effective programs with public and private stakeholders to support city-wide housing and economic development.
Lunch Keynote | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
George Hawkins, CEO of DC Water
George Hawkins serves as CEO and General Manager of the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water). On his arrival in 2009, Mr. Hawkins launched an ambitious agenda to transform DC Water into a customer-oriented enterprise that is driving innovation and delivering improved value to its ratepayers. The core goal is to improve aging infrastructure while complying with stringent regulatory requirements.
Penultimate Keynote | 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm
James Anderson, Bloomberg Philanthropies
James oversees the Bloomberg Philanthropies/ Government Innovation programs, which are focused on building problem-solving capacity within local governments and spreading innovations that work. He’ll be talking about some of these programs like Cities of Service, CityLab, Innovation Teams, the Mayors Challenges and What Works Cities. Prior to joining Bloomberg, James was the communications director for Mayor Bloomberg and the senior advisor to the commissioner of the NYC homeless services agency.
Closing Keynote | 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm
Alexandra Petri, Columnist at the Washington Post
Putting the pun in pundit since 2009. She writes a daily blog and weekly column for the Washington Post. Sometimes it is funny. Sometimes it is serious. Sometimes it is a bit of both. She wrote a book called “A Field Guide To Awkward Silences” and you can order it right here! She traveled across the land seeking out the most awkward experiences possible, from speed dating at a Star Wars convention to losing on Jeopardy! to becoming an international pun champion.
#ELGL17 - Friday May 12
Morning Concurrent Sessions | 9:45 am – 10:45 am
#1 Technology Learning Lab
Software as a Service (SaaS) is slowly turning into the latest technology buzz word. Join this session to actually test and learn about the different SaaS tools that are out there.
#2 Healthy Food In Detroit: A Public-Private Partnership
Health eating takes more than just talk. In Detroit a unique public-private partnership has emerged to help connect residents to healthy foods. The Eastern Market is a unique project and Jela Ellefson the grants and community development director will talk about its success.
Speaker: Jela Ellefson (LinkedIn)
#3 Balancing Act: How Detroit & Other Communities Balance Walking and Biking
Cities have many priorities from public safety to clean water, but how do communities balance walking and biking with those other priorities? Two panelists come on to share their perspective from Detroit Greenway and State of Place.
#ELGL17 - Friday May 12
Afternoon Concurrent Sessions | 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
#1 Filling the Gaps (and Potholes): Exploring Detroit’
s Citizen-Initiated Public Services
Speakers: Dr. Stephen Kleinschmit, Western Michigan University, Associate Professor of Public Administration
#2 Beyond the Chatter: Creating Messages That Rise Above the Noise
Learn from four innovative communicators on how to get your organizations message heard. Whether it’s an unexpectedly awesome Twitter account, the emergence of the poop emoji on Topeka’s streets, leading communications in the entertainment capital or an award winning communications team each speaker will have their own perspective to share.
John is the Chief of External Affairs for DC Water. Jennifer is the Public Information Officer for Las Vegas, Nevada. Timothy is the Head of the Citizen Engagement for the City of Roanoke, Virginia and was named to the 2016 ELGL Traeger List. Aly is the Director of Media Relations for the City of Topeka, Kansas.
#3 Between Two Leaders: The Reality of Life at the Top
In this interactive session, Stacy Schweikhart, City of Kettering, OH, will interview two experienced leaders on opposite coasts with help of audience submitted questions and a few surprises. Lee Feldman the City Manager of Fort Lauderdale, FL (and ICMA President) and Rick Cole the City Manager of Santa Monica, CA will cover a wide range of topics including: Implementing major projects like Santa Monica’s light rail; Responding to crisis like the Fort Lauderdale airport shooting; Leading organizations in a politically contentious environment; and, Hiring key personnel.
#ELGL17 - Friday May 12
Happy Hour | 5:15 pm – 8:00 pm
Come join us on the Opera Sky Deck for some Price is Right and a networking happy hour to connect with ELGL members and recap a full two days of learning in Detroit, MI.