Dinner & Keynote @ CityFlats Ballroom
Aug
10
5:30 pm17:30

Dinner & Keynote @ CityFlats Ballroom

  • CityFlatsHotel

John Austin coined the term “Blue Economy” to describe the way our waters, and water innovation contribute to economic growth, and is leading a “Growing Michigan’s Blue Economy” Initiative, to support stakeholders and the Michigan Governor’s Office to develop a State Water Strategy, that builds on Michigan’s natural water, and water research, education and innovation assets for economic development and new business and job growth.

http://www.brookings.edu/experts/austinj?view=bio

Sessions @ KCAD
Aug
10
9:00 am09:00

Sessions @ KCAD

  • Kendall College of Art and Design

Monday’s sessions will take place in Kendall College of Art and Design’s Woodbridge N. Ferris Building, a historic work of architecture in the midst of downtown Grand Rapids. The WNF Building opened to the KCAD community in 2012, bringing a beautiful, historic new venue to art and design education in West Michigan.

Lunch @ the GRAM
Aug
9
12:00 pm12:00

Lunch @ the GRAM

  • Grand Rapids Art Museum

The Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) is the world’s first LEED Gold certified art museum. Housing both local and global artwork and hosting numerous city events, the GRAM serves as a center of learning and creativity in downtown Grand Rapids. Enjoy a catered lunch at this spectacular city spot.

Sessions @ Seidman
Aug
9
9:00 am09:00

Sessions @ Seidman

  • L. William Seidman Center

The first day of sessions will be held at Grand Valley State University’s Seidman building, located on the banks of the Grand River and is central to Grand Rapids’ downtown environment.

Guided Walking Tour
Aug
8
4:30 pm16:30

Guided Walking Tour

  • Grand Rapids Downtown Market

Let us show you around our favorite parts of the city. This guided walking tour will help you get familiar with conferences, venues and local shops, and take you all the way down to one of our favorite spots — The Downtown Market, a mixed-use facility that brings together production, distribution, marketing and education about local produce. Meet us at 4:30 by the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel concierge.