Place Shapers

Thu November 07, 2019 to
Fri November 08, 2019



We're headed to the
Rust Belt!

Join us for a 2-day retreat jam packed with an insightful keynote, workshops and hands-on activities led by expert practitioners, unfortgettable experiences, and networking with your peers.

The theme of Place Shapers - Detroit is "the transition to people-first cities." We'll dive deep into mobility, housing, environmental practices, community activism, and other practices that are shaping cities throughout the Midwest and Rust Belt regions.

Place Shapers - Detroit has been carefully conceived and programmed to provide the greatest benefit to people working throughout the Midwest and Rust Belt regions. However, anyone is welcome to travel to the region from other areas in order to attend.

Registration is limited to ensure that those who attend will walk away with meaningful working relationships grounded in shared experiences. Make sure to secure your spot by registering ASAP!



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Existing Member Rate

Non-Member Rate

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Ticco Members* Get:

  • Their indication of track preference and mentor session preference (listed below) to ensure they're likely to take away an experience that aligns with their career goals
  • Access to our members-only online platform to network with attendees before and after the event
  • A unique color of limited-edition tote
  • A limited-edition Ticco pin

All members and non-member registrations include:

  • Access to all event sessions which include interactive hands-on workshops, insightful keynotes, plenary addresses, and mentor power hours with subject matter experts.
  • Meals provided from a selected assortment of local vendors
  • Coffee, water, and snacks in all event sessions to keep you fueled
  • A limited-edition Ticco tote bag stocked with swag from event partners/sponsors
  • Program with note pages and pen

*Not a Ticco member yet? To unlock member benefits, add a 1-year when you register for just $60 (normally $115!) This offer is only for new members. Submit the form without choosing this option to register without becoming a member.


Our primary venue is TechTown Detroit. Free parking is available in the marked TechTown lot at the northeast corner of Cass and Amsterdam. The venue is conveniently-located along the QLINE just south of Detroit's New Center neighborhood. Enjoy the short ride between TechTown and the Siren Hotel, where we've reserved a block of rooms for those traveling in for the retreat!



Check-in begins sharply at 8 AM on both days of the retreat. You will only need to check in on the first day you are registered. Upon check-in, you will receive a card signifying your track and session placements. Once you are checked in, you are free to enjoy breakfast and connect with other attendees!


Attendees are sorted into tracks for the duration of the retreat. Existing members and those who add a membership when registering can state their track preference.

Each track is jam-packed with hands-on learning opportunities, conversations with inspiring leaders, and the ability to get to know your peers! Track 1 is focused Sustainable Cities (Mobility, Housing, and our Environment) while Track 2 is geared towards Activated Communities (Land Use, Development, and Activism.)


PSDetroit Schedule Overview_10.14.19


Speaker_Angie Schmitt
Tyrell Anderson
Katie Rispoli Keaotamai
Mentor_Sarah Gallimore
Mentor_Katie Rispoli Keaotamai
Session Lead_Nicole Lindsey
Session Lead_Evan Adams
Session Lead_Tameka Spruce
Session Lead_Allan Gallant
Session Lead_Brooke Harris
Mentor_Sarah Marsom
Detroit Hives
Session Lead_Briana Parker
Session Lead_Sharon Woods
Session Lead_Edward Lynch
Session Lead_Joe Rashid
Yolanda Jackson
Marques King
Samantha Szeszulski
Sarah Marsom

Check back! Additional speakers and session leaders will be announced leading up to the event!


The Siren _ 1

The Siren Hotel
1509 Broadway
Detroit, MI

We anticipate a number of attendees to travel to Detroit for this retreat. In order to ensure there's space for everyone, we've reserved a block of rooms at the above hotel and recommend alternative options: 


Rooms are available at The Siren Hotel for Ticco's exclusive group rate of $189 +tax per night. The Siren is a short QLINE ride away from event activities held at TechTown! Book your room at this link with password "Detroit" to receive Ticco's exclusive group rate.


Lower-cost accommodations are listed below for your convenience. Note that Ticco does not have any affiliation with these entities and cannot offer an additional discount. 

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