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2011 Oakland County Planning Conference Registration Deadline Nears

Public Date: 9/13/2011 12:00 AM
Contact: Steve Huber, Marketing and Communications Supervisor, Economic Development and Community Affairs
Phone Number: 248-858-1848

Oakland County's 14th Annual Heritage Conference will be held at the Silverdome in Pontiac on Wednesday, September 21, 2011. This year's theme is "White Elephants." Examine the factors which led to the abandonment, demise and re-purposing of several area "white elephants." Learn how your community's historic, cultural and environmental "white elephant" can be saved and promoted.

The conference is sponsored by Oakland County Planning & Economic Development Services, The Oakland Press and the Silverdome. Registration for the day-long event is $35. Deadline for registration is Friday, Sept. 16th. For more information, contact Julie Skene at (248) 858-5437.

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. with opening remarks by Deputy Oakland County Executive Matt Gibb at 9:00 a.m. Keynote Speaker Glen LeRoy, Dean of the College of Architecture and Design at Lawrence Technological University will present at 9:30 a.m. A behind-the-scenes tour of the Silverdome precedes lunch. Participants can then choose from two concurrent afternoon sessions of three presentations each Refer to the brochure for detailed descriptions. An additional afternoon session called "Introducing Your White Elephant in the Resource Room" invites participants to have a team of experts make suggestions about your community's development project challenge. Due to limited time slots, pre-registration for this session is required.

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.

AICP CM Credits have been applied for. Master Citizen Planner .03 CEU have been approved.