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A Day in Lansing: Engaging with State Department Leads

Event Details


Friday, Apr 28, 2023
10 am - 3 pm EDT


The Romney Building


This event is free for CMF members


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About the Event

Join the Green and Blue Network and Rural Philanthropy Affinity Group for an in-person day in Lansing on Friday, April 28. In this event, hosted by the Governor's Office of Foundation Liaison (OFL) and CMF, you will have the chance to meet the new directors of various Michigan state departments and agencies, including the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE); Department of Natural Resources (DNR); Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD); and Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA). Office of Rural Development Director Sarah Lucas and Senior Policy Advisor to the Governor Kara Cook will also join us for this information-packed day, along with a representative from the Public Service Commission.

Our time together will be interactive and you’ll have the chance to learn about departmental 2023 plans and priorities for environmental and rural-based work, and explore opportunities for collaboration.


Please be advised of event health and safety procedures as we continue to prioritize the well-being of members, staff, partners and communities. The following are key highlights of those procedures:

  • A COVID-19 test with negative results is required within 48 hours of the gathering.
  • A signed waiver will be required for each registered attendee prior to the event. (Extra copies will be available on site.)
  • All attendees will be invited to wear one of three color-coded lanyards to indicate to other attendees their personal comfort with in-person interaction: red (greet from six feet), yellow (elbows only), green (high-fives permitted).

Please review the full COVID-19 Procedures here before registering.

Agenda Overview

10:00 – 11:00  Member networking
11:00 – 12:00  Conversation with EGLE and DNR
12:00 – 2:00    Lunch plus conversation with Kara Cook and Public Service Commission (lunch sponsored by OFL)
2:00 – 3:00     Conversation with MDARD and MSHDA

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