City to host eighth annual neighborhood summit

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The Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit will return to its traditional one-day format for 2022.

After last year’s multiday event at different locations around Grand Rapids, the eighth annual summit will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at Grand Valley State University’s (GVSU) Pew Campus, at 401 W. Fulton St. in downtown Grand Rapids.

The Neighborhood Summit brings Grand Rapids residents and stakeholders together to learn, strategize and connect.

This year’s theme is Building Equitable and Healthy Communities.

“An equitable community is a healthy community where all people can thrive,” said Stacy Stout, director of the Grand Rapids Office of Equity and Engagement. “(This year’s theme) is a call to educate ourselves and act within our spheres of influence to advance policies, practices and efforts that foster equity, justice and belonging in our neighborhoods, social and family circles, organizations and city.”

The summit will feature a keynote presentation, workshops, lunchtime activities, Anishinaabe drum presentations and special recognition of Grand Rapids residents for their leadership with Neighborhood Match Fund projects. A community celebration from 4-5:30 p.m. will close out the day.

A kids summit for ages 5-12 also will take place at the same time and location.

Registration for the summit is free and required in order to attend. In-person and virtual attendance options are available.

In-person attendance is limited as a COVID-19 precaution, and attendees are required to show proof of vaccination upon arrival and wear a mask while indoors at the event.

Virtual attendees will have access to the opening and closing sessions, keynote presentation and workshops, along with a chat function to ask questions and offer comments.

Registration and more information for the summit is here.

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