The Center for Michigan, Bridge Magazine’s nonprofit parent organization, is hitting the road this fall to hear residents’ water priorities. We need your voice to make it happen!
During The Center’s Your Water, Your Voice campaign, there will be several Community Conversations and four Water Summits statewide from early September to mid-November. Each one will be an opportunity for you to let us know, in a state abundant with both water resources, industries, and issues - what’s your water agenda?
Each town hall will cover one of two topics:
- Great Waters, Great Economy, which addresses the state’s natural waters and the economic activity dependent on them
- Drinking Water, which explores how to deliver clean drinking water statewide
What you share in these conversations form the basis of our Citizens Water Agenda. This report will be delivered to every state-level elected leader to ensure your voice is amplified directly to Lansing.
How to have your voice heard
Get in on the action by attending one of the Community Conversations or Water Summits on the calendar below! You can also keep an eye on Bridge’s ongoing Michigan water coverage and delve into the Center’s special report: “Lake to Tap: A citizen’s guide to Michigan’s water systems and issues.” (coming soon)
If you can’t attend any of our in-person events, you can always share your thoughts on Michigan’s waters with our online survey, coming soon! Make sure to follow Bridge’s Facebook and Twitter for the latest event announcements and other remote participation opportunities. Connect with the campaign any time using the hashtag #MiWaterAgenda.
UPCOMING COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS
Southfield (Sept. 19)
Dexter (Sept. 21)
Paw Paw (Sept. 26)
Dearborn (Oct. 19)
UPCOMING WATER SUMMITS
Lansing (Oct. 3)
Grand Rapids (Oct. 24)
Check back here for more events as they are added.
How can I have my voice heard if I can’t go to any of the events?
There are several ways you can participate:
- Take our online Water Agenda survey, (coming soon)
- Watch the live streams of our Water Summits on Bridge Magazine’s Facebook page
- Connect with us on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #MiWaterAgenda
What are Citizens Agendas?
Citizens Agendas are reports summarizing what Michigan residents want state’s leaders to do. The Center for Michigan has published nine Citizens Agendas over the past 10 years on topics from education to trust in government, each one based on input gathered during a public engagement campaign from a demographically representative group of Michiganders. Over 69,000 residents have engaged with us to date. These reports are delivered to every state level elected leader to make sure what we hear on the road is heard in the Capitol.
What are Community Conversations?
Community Conversations are facilitated town halls co-hosted by the Center for Michigan and a local organization. Local hosts choose the topic, pick the location, and convene an audience. The Center sends a trained moderator to your community to facilitate the conversation and record your priorities for our Citizen’s Water Agenda.
Where are your Water Summits, and what’s the programming?
Our Water Summits will be held in Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, and Traverse City throughout October. Each of these evening regional dialogues will provide the opportunity to hear from diverse experts and activists on a wide range of water topics, from PFAS to expanding our water industries to water affordability to infrastructure.
A Citizen Sound Off will round out each event. This session will give attendees the opportunity to share their thoughts and have their ideas included in the Citizens Water Agenda.
Do leaders actually listen to the Citizen Agendas?
Yes! Our citizen agendas have provided public momentum for state leaders to:
- Approve the nation’s largest expansion of public preschool
- Institute tougher certification tests for new teachers
- Approve deeper state investment in the “Pure Michigan” marketing campaign
- Reform state business taxes
- Reforming corrections spending to save taxpayers $250 million in state prison costs
- Stop the shrinking number of school days in K-12 calendars across the state
Are you really nonpartisan?
Absolutely! The Center for Michigan’s Public Engagement Team is here to be Michiganders’ megaphone. We work to make sure residents are heard, not to further any particular party, person, or platform.