LANSING, Mich. — Owners and managers, government officials and practitioners across public and private water, transportation, utility and broadband infrastructure are invited to attend a “Join the Conversation” Regional Infrastructure Asset Management Summit to collaboratively tackle challenges to and seek opportunities for infrastructure asset management, according to the Michigan Infrastructure Council (MIC).

Spanning dates between May 28 and June 28, the MIC will be facilitating 18 summits throughout the Lower and Upper Peninsulas that include a mixture of presentations, interactive problem-solving and facilitated discussions surrounding the state’s infrastructure.

Each event is designed to bring together all stakeholders who use and manage the state’s infrastructure, remove barriers that hinder asset management and align standards across transportation, water, utilities and communications assets.

“The goal of these summits is peer-to-peer collaboration,” said John Weiss, MIC chairperson. “We know that across-asset coordination and a dig once approach can result in a significant cost savings on a big project and meaningfully reduce citizen burden during construction. If we can get people talking together at an information event, like this, we can set the stage for ongoing coordination and provide real value to our citizens in the future.”

On May 17, the inaugural summit was hosted by the West Michigan Prosperity Alliance and attracted nearly 90 participants.

“We were happy to go first because we knew this was a valuable conversation,” said Erin Kuhn, executive director of West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission.

The first summit generated a list of challenges and opportunities that will be compiled with feedback from across the state to develop new collaborative technologies and drive a second series of regional summits scheduled for late 2019.

To register for a summit or to obtain location information, go to www.michigan.gov/mic.

Administered by the Michigan Department of Treasury, the MIC is tasked under state law to map out a strategic framework to address the critical need for infrastructure improvements through a collaborative, coordinated and consistent approach.