VACANT Lansing. Expect Nothing; Gain Everything
| Monday, May 19 | 3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Room: LaSalle B | Session Tracks: U, RE, BD, EI
VACANT Lansing is an innovative approach to community-building: special events are hosted in vacant spaces, helping people to see new opportunities in otherwise overlooked areas. VACANT event attendees have no idea what the event is until they walk through the door, nor do they know the location of the event until they receive clues the day of. Through VACANT events, communities help to create new excitement, provide a new perspective on overlooked spaces and potentially attract new businesses for vacant buildings. Attendees will learn the basics behind creating VACANT-like events in their own communities, including marketing, working with property owners and local officials, volunteer recruitment and more.
Jamie Schriner-Hooper, Community Economic Development Association of Michigan
Jamie Schriner-Hooper is Executive Director of the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM). Prior to joining CEDAM, she served at the statewide level as the Organizational Specialist with the Michigan Main Street Center at MSHDA. Jamie worked at the local level as the Executive Director of the Old Town Commercial Association, a Main Street program and Great American Main Street Award winner in 2011 dedicated to revitalizing Lansing Michigan's historic Old Town district. She is a founding member of VACANT Lansing and volunteers with a number of organizations.
Suban Nur Cooley, Habitat for Humanity of Michigan
Suban Nur Cooley is a writing and communications professional with a passion for storytelling, community and quixotic adventures. Openly suffering from a serious case of wanderlust, she has called four of the world's seven continents "home" in her lifetime. Equipped with a Bachelor of Communications in Journalism and more than eight years of experience in the field, she has worked as a reporter, editor, communicator and event planner, among other odd roles. She is currently the director of communications for Habitat for Humanity of Michigan, and the managing editor of Capital Gains Media.