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Grand Rapids Policy Conference

April 16 @ 11:30 am - 5:00 pm

The Grand Rapids Policy Conference provides a platform to celebrate and discuss Grand Rapids’ future. Local and regional thought leaders will share insight on Grand Rapids’ resilience and ability to tackle the problems and challenges ahead to create a thriving and prosperous West Michigan for all.

Key Topics:

  • Meet the top Grand Rapids mayoral candidates
  • Election integrity and what to expect in 2024
  • Area leaders will discuss the top issues impacting their community and the things that will define success in the years ahead
  • Are Grand Rapids and Kent County on the Right Track? Read the Survey Results.

Event Agenda

11:30 a.m. – Arrival & Lunch
12:00 p.m. – Welcome
12:15 p.m. – Civil Discourse & Introduction to Election Integrity
12:30 p.m. – Election Integrity
12:50 p.m. – Community Survey & Ease of Doing Business Updates
  1:00 p.m. – Panel: Business Leaders Discuss Survey Results & Community Leadership
  1:25 p.m. – Break
  1:45 p.m. – Community Vibrancy & Growth
  2:25 p.m. – Panel: Local Government Leaders on Future Prosperity
  2:45 p.m. – Break
  3:00 p.m. – Meet the Grand Rapids Mayoral Candidates
  4:10 p.m. – Reception with Elected Officials




Member Corporate Table:

Registration is now closed. Walk-In registration may be available.


Date & Time:

April 16 @ 11:30 am - 5:00 pm


Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

1000 E Beltline Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525 United States


Event Speakers

Amy Taylor


Columbus Downtown Development Corporation and Capitol South

Cameron Van Wyngarden


Plainfield Charter Township

David LaGrand

Mayoral Candidate

City of Grand Rapids

Gary Carey


City of Walker

Jacey Shachter

Founder & President

Metric Structures

Jessica Gutowski-Slaydon


Swift Printing

Joel Hondorp

City Clerk

City of Grand Rapids

John Helmholdt



Johnny Brann, Jr.


Kitchen 67, Brann’s Restaurants, Woodrow’s Duckpin Bowling, and Interphase Interiors

Lisa M. Perhamus, Ph.D.

Director, Padnos/Sarosik Center for Civil Discourse

Grand Valley State University

Lisa Posthumus Lyons

County Clerk / Register of Deeds

Kent County

Rosalynn Bliss


City of Grand Rapids

Senita Lenear

Mayoral Candidate

City of Grand Rapids

Stan Greene

Executive Coach & Leadership Development Consultant

Spoken Future

Stephen Kepley


City of Kentwood

Event Sponsors

Premier Sponsor


Event Underwriters

Amway   Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Care Network of Michigan Huntington

Lead Supporters

Corewell Health    Consumers Energy Count on Us

 Crains Crain's Grand Rapids Stacked Logo  Meijer  The Rapid Logo

Media Sponsor


Chamber Champions

Comcast GA   DTE Logo  Gordon Food Service GFS  GRCC Grand Rapids Community College

  Hope Network     Michigan state university college of human medicine MSU

Furniture Sponsor

Interphase Interiors

Become a Sponsor

Interested in sponsoring the Grand Rapids Policy Conference in 2024? Please contact Omar Cuevas to learn more.

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