President’s Office

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Rural Michigan Initiative is a forum for discussing local and regional environmental challenges. It aims to encourage citizens and policy makers to promote ecological health in the Great Lakes region and to restore economic stability to rural communities.

Please join us on the campus of Alma College for the first annual Rural Michigan Initiative conference.

Thursday, November 7 (view full schedule
on the campus of Alma College
614 W. Superior Street

The 2019 conference focuses on the contribution of clean water to the health and economy of the Great Lakes. Experts from related areas of the economy and environment will outline major challenges facing water quality and their impact on rural Michigan.

Scheduled speakers include Collin O’Mara, president and chief executive officer of the National Wildlife Federation, and John Ikerd, visionary economist and author. 


Conference Partners

Alma College
Michigan Environmental Council

Conference Sponsors

Cranbrook Institute
Barnes and Thornburg, LLP
Front Porch Republic
Socially Responsible Agricultural Project 


The cost for this event is $25. 


Area Accommodations

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsors will be listed on the website, in the event program and signage, and may host a table at the event. 

Corporate sponsor: $500
Non-profit sponsor: $100

More Information 

For more information or to become an event sponsor, please contact the Office of the President at (989) 463-7146.