2022 Itinerary

Michigan Road Scholars

The Office of State Outreach within The Office of the Vice President for Government Relations

May 2nd – May 6th, 2022

Day One: Monday May 2nd
Day Two: Tuesday May 3rd
Day Three: Wednesday May 4th
Day Four: Thursday May 5th
Day Five: Friday May 6th

Day One – Monday May 2nd

7:30 a.m.

Depart from Ann Arbor to Lansing

8:30 a.m.

Arrive at Michigan State Capitol

8:35 a.m.

Take MRS group photo on Capitol steps

8:45 a.m.

Tour Michigan State Capitol
Valerie Marvin, Capitol Historian

9:20 a.m.

Proceed to Speaker’s Library in Capitol for breakfast

9:30 a.m.

Legislative/Public Policy Breakfast with Legislators
State Representative Sarah Anthony, 68th District

10:30 a.m.

Depart for Grand Rapids

11:45 a.m.

Grand Rapids Chamber DEI Work Presentation
Andre Daley, Director of Inclusion
Attah Obande, VP of Business & Talent Development
Caylie Peet, Minority Business Program Manager
Mark Allen, Senior Director of Business Services

12:45 p.m.

Arrive @ WMCI – Lunch at this stop

1:00 p.m.

Presentation and Tour of West Michigan Construction Institute
Jen Schottke, President

2:00 p.m.

Leave for The Diatribe

2:15 p.m.

The Diatribe
Marcel ‘Fable’ Price, Poet, Executive Director, Co-Founder
G. Foster II aka AutoPilot, Professional Orator, Co-Founder

3:15 p.m.

Depart for Hotel

3:30 p.m.

Equitable Development – City of Grand Rapids
Jeremiah Gracia, Economic Development Director

4:30 p.m.

Check in to rooms

6:00 p.m.

Dinner @ Hotel

Overnight Accommodations:

Holiday Inn Downtown
310 Pearl St NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Phone: 616-235-7611

Day Two – Tuesday May 3rd

7:30 a.m.

Breakfast @ hotel

8:30 a.m.

Depart for Muskegon

9:15 a.m.

Arrive @ Muskegon Heights Library

9:25 a.m.

African American History in Area
William Muhammad, President, BOD, James Jackson Museum of African American History

10:15 a.m.

Depart for GMED

10:30 a.m.

Greater Muskegon Area Economic Development
City of Muskegon Heights
Cathy Brubaker-Clarke, Community Development Specialist
Troy Bell, City Manager, City of Muskegon Heights
Mike Franzak, Director of Planning, City of Muskegon

11:30 a.m.

Bus Tour of Muskegon/Muskegon Heights

12:10 p.m.

Depart for Empire
Box lunch on the bus

2:40 p.m.

Arrive @ Sleeping Bear Dunes
Emily Sunblade, Park Ranger
Dave Fenlon, Park Ranger

4:00 p.m.

Depart for Hotel

4:45 p.m.

Arrive @ Hotel

6:00 p.m.

Reception and Conversation @ Hotel Lobby

Overnight Accommodations:

Cambria Suites
255 Munson Avenue (US31)
Traverse City, MI 49686
(231) 778-9000

Day Three – Wednesday May 4th

7:45 a.m.

Breakfast @ Hotel

8:15 a.m.

Depart for Northwestern Michigan College – Aero Park Campus

8:30 a.m.

NMC Aviation Programs
Alex Bloye, Director of Aviation

10:00 a.m.

Depart for Grand Traverse Industries

10:15 a.m.

Presentation and Tour Grand Traverse Industries
Cindy Evans, Executive Director

11:15 a.m.

Depart for Upbound Site

11:30 a.m.

Upbound @ Work
Chelsea Fink, Account Manager, Upbound at Work
Jennifer Wynn Stoll, President and CEO, Utility Reduction Analysts

12:15 p.m.

Depart for Lunch

12:30 p.m.

Left Foot Charley and Spanglish
Connie VanTil, Sommelier, Left Foot Charley
Anna Serrano, Owner, Spanglish

1:30 p.m.

Depart for Pellston

3:30 p.m.

Arrive @ UM Biological Station
Karie Slavik, Associate Director

4:15 p.m.

Depart for Sault Ste. Marie

5:40 p.m.

Arrive @ Hotel

6:30 p.m.

Dinner, Conversation and Craft
Cecil Pavlat, Anishinaabe Culture Bearer and Anishnaabemowin Instructor
Jackie Minton, Anishinaabe Culture Bearer

Overnight Accommodations:

Kewadin Casino Hotel
2186 Shunk Rd.
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 48783

Day Four – Thursday May 5th

7:45 a.m.

Depart for SSM EDC

8:00 a.m.

Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development
Jeff Holt, Executive Director
Nikki Radke, EDC Development Specialist

9:00 a.m.

Depart for Precision Edge Surgical Products

9:10 a.m.

Presentation and Tour Precision Edge
Todd Fewins, President

10:20 a.m.

Depart for Bay Mills

11:00 a.m.

Bay Mills Community College (+lunch)
Duane Bedell, President
Samantha Jackson Cameron, Vice President of Academic Affairs

12:20 p.m.

Depart for Midland

4:00 p.m.

Arrive at The H Hotel

6:00 p.m.

Dinner with Bay Area Community Leaders
Tony Stamas, President, Midland Business Alliance
Diane Middleton, Vice President, Advocacy, Midland Business Alliance
Veronica Horn, President, Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce

9:00 p.m.

Debrief @ Hotel Lobby Bar

Overnight Accommodations:

The H Hotel
111 W. Main Street
Midland, MI 48640
(989) 837-6014

Day Five – Friday May 6th

7:15 a.m.

Breakfast To-Go at The H-Hotel

8:00 a.m.

Depart for Warren

9:45 a.m.

Arrive @ Bridgewater Interiors

10:00 a.m.

Tour Bridgewater Interiors
Ron Hall, CEO

11:20 a.m.

Depart for Lunch at UM Detroit Center

12:00 p.m.

Lunch/presentation from Freedom House Detroit
Mercedes Pergande, Engagement Coordinator, Freedom House Detroit

1:15 p.m.

Depart for Empowerment Plan

1:30 p.m.

Tour Empowerment Plan with plant officials
Lauren Knill, Development & Outreach Coordinator

2:30 p.m.

Depart for Downtown Boxing Gym

2:45 p.m.

Tour Downtown Boxing Gym
Carolyn Geck, Development Director

3:45 p.m.

Depart for Cherry Health

4:00 p.m.

Presentation and Tour of Cherry Health
Dr. Avery Brown, Director of Correctional Health Programs

5:45 p.m.

Depart for Ann Arbor

6:30 p.m.

Arrive in Ann Arbor