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Oakland County Planning Conference Registration Deadline Nears

Public Date: 9/21/2010 12:00 AM
Contact: Steve Huber, Marketing and Communications Supervisor, Economic Development and Community Affairs
Phone Number: 248-858-1848

Planning to attend Oakland County's 13th Annual Heritage Conference on Wednesday, September 29, 2010? Better hurry. Deadline for registration is Friday, September 24th.

The theme of this year's event, to be held at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak, is "Saving the Environmental and Heritage Resources Within Our Communities." Registration for the day-long event is $45. For a brochure and registration.

Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. with opening remarks by Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson at 8:30 a.m. Participants can choose from three concurrent morning sessions in the Ford Education Center: "Rescuing a Resource,"  "Advancing the Well-Being of a Resource," or "Re-Establishing a Thriving Population" which all compare the Detroit Zoo’s conservation efforts with community conservation strategies.

Two concurrent tours are offered after lunch. Tour A covers the Detroit Zoo enrichment efforts, plus a tour of the Huntington Woods neighborhood. Tour B covers the art and architecture of the Detroit Zoo and a tour of the Ruth Roby Glancy Animal Health Complex. A networking reception ends the day at the Arctic Food Court. 

The conference brings together individuals from various backgrounds who deal with the built and natural environment, to discuss ways to improve their communities. The conference attracts local and regional governmental staff, elected officials, developers, architects, realtors, consultants, and small business owners as well as representatives from environmental and historical interests.

Michigan State University-Extension has approved .7 (7 hours) Citizen Planner CE credits for attending the Oakland County Heritage Conference AND Eligible conference attendees can earn up to 4 AICP Certification Maintenance (CM) credits.  Attendees that participate in 2 of the 3 morning sessions can claim 2 CM credits and attendees that participate in 1 of the 2 afternoon tours can claim 2 CM credits. Credits are self reporting by attendee.

The conference is sponsored by Oakland County Planning & Economic Development Services, Oakland County Parks and the Detroit Zoological Society.

For more information, contact Bret Rasegan at 248-858-5445.