Join Us for the 2019 BMCC Conference

Housing, Assets, People, Partners


With over 1,500 attendees, the Building Michigan Communities Conference has quickly become the largest conference of its kind in the United States. The conference is attended by service providers, nonprofit and for-profit developers and financiers.

2018 BMCC Sponsors

Thank you to our 2018 sponsors. We appreciate your commitment to the industry!

2018 Sessions

For handouts and slides, click on the 2018 Program Information below. If we received the content it will be a resource of the session.

2019 Conference

April 29 – May 1, 2019
Save the Date!


Videos from the 2018 Building Michigan Communities Conference

Monday Opening Session

Monday Family Feud

Wednesday Breakfast with Mark Horvath


The Awards Luncheon Emcee will be BOB HOFFMAN the Public Relations Manager at Wharton Center where he has more than 17 years leading the PR and media efforts at Wharton Center’s four theatres as well as the MSU Federal Credit Union Institute for Arts & Creativity.

The conference has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

American Planning Association – All sessions have been approved for credits

Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative – click here to view the approved list

Michigan Real Estate CE Marketplace – click here to view the approved list


An exciting addition to the 2018 exhibit hall is a planned tiny house. The house will be built in partnership with Cass Community services, Habitat for Humanity and Building Michigan Communities Conference. The walls and framing of a 250 square foot home will take place during the conference and then be transported to Cass Community Tiny homes at the conclusion of the event. Reverend Faith Fowler and Ron Fournier will share information about this exciting project during the Monday luncheon.

RON FOURNIER is publisher and editor for Crain’s Detroit Business. Prior to joining Crain’s in September 2016, Ron was an award-winning editor and political writer in Washington, where he served as columnist for the Atlantic, editor-in-chief of the National Journal, and Washington Bureau Chief for The Associated Press during the Clinton, Bush and Obama presidencies. A former White House correspondent, Ron began his 20-year AP career in Little Rock, covering then-Gov. Bill Clinton in the 1980s and ‘90s.



REV. FAITH FOWLER is the Executive Director of Cass Community Social Services (CCSS), a Detroit nonprofit which responds to poverty with food, health care, housing, and employment programs. Cass prepares one million meals annually, houses three hundred people nightly, provides health care through two free clinics and jobs for eighty-five adults. Rev. Fowler has served as a Board Member for the Cass Corridor Neighborhood Development Corporation and as a Trustee for the General Board of Church and Society. She currently is an Albion College Trustee. Her contributions have received numerous awards including: the Shining Light Award, Detroit News (2016); Honorary Doctor of Divinity, Ecumenical Theological School (2015); Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, Albion College (2015); Art Van Hope Award (2014); Detroit Free Press Michigan Green Leader Award (2010); Detroit News Michiganian of the Year Award (2003). In 2014, Rev. Fowler published This Far by Faith: Twenty Years at Cass Community.


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venue information

The Building Michigan Communities Conference is held annually at the Lansing Center in Lansing, Michigan.

333 E Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI 48933
(517) 483-7400

more information

2019 hotel information will be available in the fall of 2018








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Thank You to Our 2018 Conference Sponsors!