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Strong Towns Expert to Speak in Traverse City: June 7

by Missy Luick
Thursday, May 25, 2017

March 25, 2017



Contacts:      Russ Soyring, City of Traverse City Planning Director,  (231) 922-4465

  Rachel Quednau, Strong Towns, (844) 218-1681

National Growth and Development Expert to Speak in Traverse City and Present 2017 Strongest Town Award

TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN-Charles Marohn, president of Strong Towns, a national nonprofit working to help America’s towns and cities become financially resilient will give a public presentation and present an award to the City of Traverse City on June 7.

The event will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the Bijou by the Bay (181 E Grandview Pkwy). Mr. Marohn will begin by presenting the 2017 Strongest Town award to Traverse City, for its accomplishment winning the most votes during a series of challenges to prove its strength and resilience during Strong Towns’ annual bracket-style contest in March.

Mr. Marohn will then continue with a “Curbside Chat” presentation. This classic Strong Towns talk has been given in dozens of cities across the country and is centered on the question, “Why, despite all the growth America has experienced, do our cities struggle financially just to accomplish basic tasks?” The answers lie in the way we have developed; the financial productivity of our places. In the second half of the presentation, Mr. Marohn will specifically speak about issues in Traverse City and open the floor for discussion with attendees. Public officials and local change-advocates are especially invited to attend.

The event is free and open to the public and it is being offered by Strong Towns as a prize for the City of Traverse City for its accomplishments in the Strongest Town Contest.

About Strong Towns:

Strong Towns is a national media organization whose mission is to advocate for a model of development that allows America's cities, towns and neighborhoods to grow financially strong and resilient. Strong Towns reaches an audience of more than 80,000 readers and listeners per month, and has over 1,600 members. Learn more at

About Charles Marohn:

Known as "Chuck" to friends and colleagues – Marohn is the founder and president of Strong Towns. Chuck is a Professional Engineer (PE) licensed in the State of Minnesota and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). He has a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota's Institute of Technology and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute. He is the author of Thoughts on Building Strong Towns Volumes 1 and II, as well as A World Class Transportation System. He hosts the Strong Towns Podcast and is a primary writer for Strong Towns’ web content. He has spoken in dozens of towns and cities across North America, and speaks regularly for diverse audiences and venues.

About Traverse City:

The City of Traverse City is located in Grand Traverse County, Michigan. Traverse City was incorporated in 1891 as a Village and in 1895 as a City. It encompasses 8.09 square miles and has a population of 14,674 (2010 Census).