Strong Towns Workshop - Register Now


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About the Workshop

Nationally-acclaimed speaker Charles Marohn will explore issues relating to development patterns, infrastructure, financial resiliency, and quality placemaking practices in local communities. This all-day workshop will open up new ways of thinking about development by examining both new concepts and old-but-forgotten concepts and will be beneficial to:

  • local elected officials
  • planning commissions
  • zoning board members
  • municipal staff
  • Road commission staff
  • Public works staff
  • DDA board members
  • economic developers
  • and others.

And join us after the event at Grand Armory Brewing for refreshments, casual conversation, and a chance to network and connect with your fellow attendees.



Main Event:
8:30am to 4:00pm
Lunch provided.
After-Hours Networking:
5:00pm to 7:00pm


Main Event:
Grand Haven
Community Center
421 Columbus Avenue

Grand Haven, MI  49417

After-Hours Networking:  
Grand Armory Brewing
17 S. 2nd Street

Grand Haven, MI  49417


Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors:
$15 per person
$25 per person after May 1

AICP CM Credit

By participating in this workshop, you can receive two AICP continuing education credits. To ensure that you receive the appropriate credit, please select the "Attendee with CEU" option when you register online.

About Chuck

Charles Marohn—known as "Chuck" to friends and colleagues—is a Professional Engineer (PE) licensed in the State of Minnesota and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). Chuck is the Founder and President of Strong Towns. He has a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota's Institute of Technology and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute.

He is the author of Thoughts on Building Strong Towns (Volume 1) and A World Class Transportation System as well as the host of the Strong Towns Podcast and a primary writer for Strong Towns’ web content. He has spoken in dozens of towns and cities across North America and speaks regularly to diverse audiences and venues.

Learn more about the work of Strong Towns at


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This Workshop is made possible through the support of the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners, and in cooperation with the Ottawa County Planning Commission and the City of Grand Haven.

Contact the Ottawa County Planning and Performance Improvement Department with any questions at (616) 738-4852 or


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