Early bird special ends April 30 for National Economic Gardening Conference

April 25, 2012

in Events

There’s less than one week left to sign up at a discounted rate for the 10th Annual National Economic Gardening Conference, taking place at the Amway Grand Plaza hotel in Grand Rapids June 12-13.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Pure Michigan Business Connect are hosting the conference, keynoted by Governor Rick Snyder. The cost for early bird registration (through 4/30/12) is $150 per person. To register after April 30, the cost is $175. Registration closes on June 11. Visit here to register.

Intended for economic developers, government officials and university researchers and instructors, the conference will give attendees the chance to engage in national dialogue on economic gardening with some of the movement’s leading experts and practitioners.

Speakers include Chris Gibbons, director of business and industry affairs at the City of Littleton and creator of the Economic Gardening economic development model, and Mark Lange, executive director of the Edward Lowe Foundation and a leader in entrepreneurism training.

Conference-goers can find plenty to do in Grand Rapids during their free time. Those who stick around on June 13 after the conference ends can enjoy Blues on the Mall, a free concert held every Wednesday at Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids. The city is also home to 28 public golf courses located within 15 miles of downtown, as well as six museums and more than 60 restaurants and nightclubs, all within walking distance of downtown.


To get a glimpse of many of the city’s most well-known landmarks, watch this award-winning lipdub performed to Don McLean’s “American Pie.” Spearheaded by 20-something director Rob Bliss last May in response to a Newsweek article which included Grand Rapids on a list titled America’s Dying Cities, the 10-minute lipdub was shot in one continuous take throughout the streets of Grand Rapids and included thousands of participants. The video – declared by critic Roger Ebert “the best music video ever made” – has been viewed more than 4.6 million times on youtube.

To learn more fun facts about GR, check out this infographic and visit the Grand Rapids Visitors and Convention Bureau website. And don’t forget to register for the 2012 National Economic Gardening Conference! 

Follow the Twitter hashtag #NEGC12 for conference updates, announcements, and news.

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