Building an Inclusive Community

Wednesday, November 13 at 7 p.m.
Frauenthal Theater, Downtown Muskegon

Join the Community Foundation for Muskegon County for our 2019 Annual Gathering to discuss inclusive competitiveness and how to build an economy in which we can all thrive, featuring acclaimed speakers Dr. Jamie Bracey-Green and Mike Green.

This program is a FREE TICKETED event and open to the community. Tickets can be picked up from the Frauenthal Box Office now through the start of the event. Limited to 4 per household.

Doors open at 6:15 p.m. If you have tickets, please be seated by 6:45 p.m. If the Frauenthal Box Office is holding your tickets at Will Call, they must be picked up before 6:45 p.m. After that time, people waiting without tickets will be invited to fill in any empty seats.


Dr. Jamie Bracey-Green is the Director of Temple University’s new Center for Inclusive Competitiveness, housed at the College of Engineering in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Recognized internationally for her work in building more inclusive economies, Dr. Bracey-Green’s leadership focuses on empowering underrepresented students to achieve success in the workforce and entrepreneurial careers. Much of her work centers around the role that STEM plays in building economies, urban health, economic vitality, and environmental sustainability.

Mike Green is the co-founder of ScaleUp Partners, LLC, an organization that works to build inclusive economic development and entrepreneurial landscapes throughout the country. A New York Times Leadership Academy Fellow and an award-winning print and digital media journalist, Mr. Green works with policymakers, economic development planners, educators, business leaders, and investors to change the economic narrative across the country and create a world in which we understand our past wrongs and our present challenges.

Inclusive Prosperity Workshop

Thursday, November 14, 2019   |   9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Dr. Jamie Bracey Green and Mike Green, nationally recognized cultural economists, educators and experts in inclusive competitiveness, will facilitate a highly interactive workshop for Muskegon’s future-facing champions. Attendees will complete an interactive set of modules that include post-segregation visioning, systems and engineering design thinking, social progress research and crafting identities that blend local patriotism and global citizenship. By the end of the workshop, participants will have created a framework to move Muskegon into a competitive position for developing and sustaining a pro-human, pro-planet, resilient economy.

Seats are limited and we will award them to community nonprofits, business, and municipal leaders on a first come basis.

To reserve a seat for the workshop, please email Mandy Hicks, or call 231.722.4538.

Downloadable Content

If you missed Dr. Jamie Bracey-Green and Mike Green’s presentations on Inclusive Competitiveness – or attended but want to keep a copy on hand – you can download their presentations below.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Building an Inclusive and Equitable Community for Local Prosperity (slides)

Thursday, November 14, 2019
Inclusive Prosperity Workshop (slides)
West Michigan CEDS 2018-2022 (report)
Reinvesting Along the Lakeshore (handout)

Livability Lab

The United Way of the Lakeshore, Mercy Health Muskegon, the Community Health Innovation Region (CHIR) and many others convened a 100-Day Challenge Summit, the Livability Lab,  on September 10, 2019 to bring together individuals and groups from every sector throughout our county to mobilize around a common vision of livability. 

You can learn more about the Livability Lab by visiting their website here.

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