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The Conference

The Global Urban Symposium will be taking place in the Michigan Union, at 530 South State Street, on Friday, October 10th, 2008. Breakfast will be served starting at 8:00 AM.


The Schedule

8:30 - 9:30am

  Morning Keynote

9:30 - 10:30am

  Attracting Young Talent, a Key Driver of the Urban Economy

Transformative Real Estate Nonprofit Social Enterprise Walkable Urbanity
10:30 - 10:45am


10:45 - 11:45am

  Urban philanthropy Urban Carbon Strategy Workshop Consulting for the Greater Good Foreclosure and the Impact on Urban Neighborhoods

11:45 - 12:00


12:00 - 12:30pm

  LUNCH Service

12:30 - 1:15pm
  Afternoon Keynote

1:15 - 1:30pm


1:30 - 2:30pm

  The Role of CSR in Urban Revitalization
Urban Transportation Entrepreneurship with Social Impact Transforming Urban Education

2:30 - 2:45pm


2:45 - 3:45pm

  Social Marketing in an Urban Context
The Future of Urban Energy Using Microfinance to Create Change The Role of the Arts in Urban Revitalization

3:45 - 4:00pm


4:00 - 5:00pm

  Third Keynote & NFTE Awards Presentation


The Pre-Conference Event

On Thursday, October 9th, all conference speakers are invited to participate in our Urban Artists Kick-Off. We have invited Detroit artists to display their artwork and talk to the creative opportunities inherent to cities. There will be a quality selection of wine and cheese, and opportunities to network with other speakers and conference attendees. The event is scheduled for 7:00 to 10:00 PM in the Anderson Room at the Michigan Union.

Photo by Steve Webel


Friday, October 10, 2008
8AM - 5:30 PM
The Michigan Union

530 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1308
Phone: (734) 763-5750

Contact Us

If you're interested in finding out more, please contact Tammie Jones at