#ELGL17 in the Motor City

#ELGL17 in the Motor City

#ELGL17 is on May 11 and 12 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. Registration is available online only. The cost is $78 for students, $153 for ELGL members, and $178 for non-members (includes membership).

Ghost Bar Happy Hour – 6:00 p.m.
Ghost Bar at the Whitney – 4421 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
RSVP required
Sponsored by ResourceX

Downtown Detroit Walking Tour – 9:45 a.m.
Two hour walking tour for exercise and to see renovated buildings and the burgeoning tech industry.
Tour leaves from lobby of the David Whitney.
Email Amanda if you’re planning to attend.


Registration Opens – Noon
Lobby of the David Whitney


Conference Kickoff – 1:15
First Floor Ballroom at the David Whitney


Tours of Detroit – 2:00
Buses leave from the lobby of the David Whitney
Sponsored by Bang the Table & Novak Consulting Group


Resume Review  – 4:40 to 6:20
Kevin Knutson
Lobby of the David Whitney
*Note: this service requires pre-registration


#ELGL17 Bowl-a-Rama – 6:30
Buses leave from the lobby of the David Whitney
Historic Detroit Garden Bowl

Sponsored by Seneca Systems

Opening Keynote | 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Gina Metrakas, Director, Urban Revitalization at Rock Ventures, LLC
Burnham Conference Room at the David Whitney


Concurrent Sessions | 9:45 – 10:45

Let’s Get Digital: Technology Lab
Digital Government Platform, Online Customer Service, Citizen Engagement, Public Records Requests, Agenda Management & Strategic Planning, Surveys & Evaluations
Tactic Conference Room at the David Whitney

13%? Local Government Leadership Data Collection in North Carolina – And Beyond
Sarah Ross Dickson, Elizabeth Seguin, Rosemary Stump, & Toney Thompson,  UNC MPA Program
Black Box at the Opera House

Healthy Food In Detroit: A Public-Private Partnership
Jela Ellefson
Burnham Conference Room at the David Whitney

Balancing Act: How Detroit & Other Communities Balance Walking and Biking 
Todd Scott & Mariela Alfonzo 
Grace Conference Room at the David Whitney

Resume Review
Kevin Knutson
David Whitney Lobby
*Note: this service requires pre-registration


Lunch Keynote | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

George Hawkins, CEO of DC Water
Black Box at the Opera House 

Lunch – Noon

Detroit Beer Company
Sponsored by ProudCity


Concurrent Sessions | 1:30 – 2:30

Let’s Get Digital: Technology Lab
Internet of Things, Online Budgeting, Priority Based Budgeting, e-Permitting, Building Inspections, Data Driven Placemaking
Tactic Conference Room at the David Whitney

Filling the Gaps (and Potholes): Exploring Detroit’s Citizen-Initiated Public Services
Dr. Stephen Kleinschmit
Grace Conference Room at the David Whitney

Beyond the Chatter: Creating Messages That Rise Above the Noise
John Lisle, Kaitlin Keeler, Timothy Martin, Aly Van Dyke
Burnham Conference Room at the David Whitney

Between Two Leaders: The Reality of Life at the Top
Lee Feldman & Rick Cole
Black Box at the Opera House

Resume Review
Kevin Knutson
David Whitney Lobby
*Note: this service requires pre-registration


Penultimate Keynote | 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm

Jim Anderson, Bloomberg Philanthropies/Government Innovation programs
Burnham Conference Room at the David Whitney


Closing Keynote | 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm

Alexandra Petri, Columnist at the Washington Post
Black Box at the Opera House


Social Hour | 5:00

Mix & Mingle
Local Government Price is Right
Skydeck at the Opera House
Sponsored by ICMA

Mariela Alfonzo, Founder/CEO of State of Place: LinkedIn & Twitter

James Anderson, Bloomberg Philanthropies: Bio| LinkedInTwitter 

Detroit City Councilor Raquel Castañeda-López: BioFacebook | Twitter | Tumblr

Rick Cole, City Manager, Santa Monica: LinkedIn & Twitter

Sarah Ross Dickson, UNC MPA Student: LinkedIn & Twitter

Jela Ellefson, Vice President of Social Capital, Cinnaire: LinkedIn

Lee Feldman, City Manager, Fort Lauderdale: LinkedIn & Twitter

Frederik Groce, Analyst, Storm Ventures: LinkedIn & Twitter

George Hawkins, CEO of DC Water: Bio | LinkedIn | Twitter | GovLove

Kaitlin Keeler, Oakland County Digital Editorial Manager: LinkedIn & Twitter

Kevin Knutson, Regional VP, Management Partners: Bio & Twitter

Dr. Stephen Kleinschmit, Western Michigan University: LinkedIn & Twitter

John Lisle, Chief of External Affairs, DC Water: Bio, LinkedInTwitter

Timothy Martin, Director of Citizen Engagement, Roanoke, VA: Bio, LinkedInTwitter

Gina Metrakas, Director of Urban Revitalization for Rock Ventures: Bio | LinkedIn | Twitter

Alexandra Petri, Columnist at the Washington Post: Writing | Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr

Todd Scott, Executive Director at Detroit Greenways Coalition: LinkedIn & Twitter

Elizabeth Seguin, UNC MPA Student: LinkedIn & Twitter

Rosemary Stump, UNC MPA Student: LinkedIn & Twitter

Toney Thompson, UNC MPA Student: LinkedIn & Twitter

Aly Van Dyke, Communications Director, Austin, TX: Bio, LinkedInTwitter

Conference Hotel:
Aloft Detroit at The David Whitney (“David Whitney”)
1 Park Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

Wednesday Social Hour:
Ghostbar at the Whitney
4421 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201


Thursday Social Hour:

Garden Bowl
4120 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

Thursday & Friday Conference Sessions:

Aloft Detroit at The David Whitney (“David Whitney”)
1 Park Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
Detroit Opera House (“Opera House”)
1526 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226

Friday Lunch:

Detroit Beer Compay
1529 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226

Friday Social Hour:
Detroit Opera House (“Opera House”)

1526 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226

Opera House Parking Garage
Corner of John R and Broadway – enter off of John R or Grand River.
The cost for daily parking is $10 per day.