President’s Office

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.

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

Keynote speakers included Collin O’Mara, president and chief executive officer of the National Wildlife Federation, and John Ikerd, visionary economist and author. View keynote speaker videos and presenter slides from the 2019 conference. 

2019 Conference Partners

Alma College
Cranbrook Institute
Michigan Environmental Council

2019 Conference Sponsors

Barnes & Thornburg, LLP
Front Porch Republic
Socially Responsible Agricultural Project 

Related Links

Area Accommodations
2019 Conference Resources

Sponsorship Opportunities

If you’re interested in sponsoring the 2020 conference, please contact the Office of the President. 

More Information 

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