Fortune Editor, Author Leigh Gallagher to headline 17th annual Building Michigan Communities Conference

Early bird registration for event ends April 7

Lansing, Mich. – April 7, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Leigh Gallagher, assistant managing editor for Fortune Magazine and author of the book The End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream is Moving, will deliver the opening keynote address at the 17th annual Building Michigan Communities Conference April 27–29 at the Lansing Center.

The Building Michigan Communities Conference, which annually hosts more than 1,500 attendees, is one of the largest events of its kind in the nation. Service providers, nonprofit and for-profit developers and financiers focused on improving Michigan’s communities attend the conference to learn about the latest industry trends and best practices.

Gallagher, whose book began a national conversation on how and where we live, will speak during the conference’s April 27 luncheon. She is a seasoned business news commentator, appearing regularly on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, CBS News’ Face the Nation, public radio’s Marketplace and a variety of other programs.

Governor Rick Snyder will give the closing keynote before lunch on April 29. Steve Arwood, the director of Michigan’s newly formed Department of Talent and Economic Development will also be speaking at the conference.

More than 100 breakout sessions are planned during the three-day event. Topics broadly address the creation and preservation of affordable housing, providing services to the homeless and revitalization of neighborhoods and downtowns.

Registration for the event is ongoing, but the discounted early-bird rate ends at the close of business Tuesday, April 7. Registration details and event information are available at www.buildingmicommunities.org.

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) provides financial and technical assistance through public and private partnerships to create and preserve decent, affordable housing for low- and moderate-income residents and to engage in community economic development activities to revitalize urban and rural communities.*

*MSHDA’s loans and operating expenses are financed through the sale of tax-exempt and taxable bonds as well as notes to private investors, not from state tax revenues. Proceeds are loaned at below-market interest rates to developers of rental housing, and help fund mortgages and home improvement loans. MSHDA also administers several federal housing programs. For more information, visit www.michigan.gov/mshda.

Fortune Editor to Headline 17th Annual Building Michigan Communities Conference

Contact:
Misty Elliott
MSHDA Communications
517-373-1858

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