Join us for Community Conversation and Truth Squad Live event on public trust in state government


Join Bridge and the Center for Michigan on Tuesday, September 27 from 6-8 pm to discuss public trust in state government. We’ll be facilitating a Community Conversation from 6-7 pm to gather your input on your levels of trust in state government, as well as your ideas for what might improve your trust.

Your ideas will be included in our citizens’ agenda report, which we’ll share with state leaders in early 2017.

We will also be leading a Truth Squad Live panel, where Bridge reporters will analyze some of this year’s political speech for honesty and accuracy. Light refreshments and networking will be available from 5:30 to 6 pm the Exhibition Hall, right outside of the Loosemore Auditorium.

The event will be held at Grand Valley State University’s DeVos Center 122E, Loosemore Auditorium, 401 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 (MAP). Parking is available in the Seward Parking Ramp (map of campus available here). Please tell the attendant that you are participating in the Center for Michigan Community Conversation. Attendance is free, but registration is required. CLICK HERE TO RSVP. We hope to see you there—flex your citizenship muscles!

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David J
Tue, 09/20/2016 - 5:27pm
Just holding this event in Grand Rapids will skew the result. Don't you think a more neutral centrally located site for this conversation might have been chosen?
Tue, 09/20/2016 - 8:50pm
I think these conversations have been held all over the state over the past 4 months. Just the fact that it is Bridge will probably do more to Skew the results than where each meeting is held. I live in a strongly Republican area, but when I went to the meeting in May I felt like a lone voice among all the liberals there.
Amber DeLind
Wed, 09/21/2016 - 9:40am
Good morning David! I'm Amber, and I lead the public engagement programs for the Center for Michigan. These conversations started in March, and are being held across the state through the end of the year. If you don't live in West Michigan but are interested in participating in one of these discussions, please check out our full calendar of discussions here: If you have questions or want more details, feel free to contact me at
Wed, 09/21/2016 - 9:42pm
The article says, "We will also be leading a Truth Squad Live panel, where Bridge reporters will analyze some of this year’s political speech for honesty and accuracy." That should be interesting. I wonder if any of them are capable of pointing out that most "political speech" is almost completely devoid of content. Seldom does any politician, or journalist, use significant language when public policy is being discussed. That is, they seldom mention the opportunity cost of whatever they are advocating. And they never specify what events would demonstrate that they were wrong.