Conference & Registration

Registration & Meet & Greet: Sunday, May 15, 2016, registration, 4:00-7:00 PM, hors d' oeuvres and drinks, 5:00-7:00 PM at the Elks Lodge, Traverse City, MI

Conference: Monday, May 16, 2016 at 9:00 AM through Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 4:30 PM EDT; Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and afternoon snacks included, Hagerty Conference Center, Traverse City, MI

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Pre-Conference Location

Elks Lodge
625 Bay Street
Traverse City, MI 49684

Conference Location
Hagerty Conference Center 
715 East Front Street
Traverse City, MI 49686

Driving Directions 

Conference Costs

Early Registration, $135.00 (thru April 1, 2016)
Conference registration after April 1, 2016 is $150.00 

Lunch, Dinner, and Afternoon snacks are included in conference fee.

Conference Contact Information

Ann Method
Michigan Lighthouse Alliance 

Hotel Information

Featured Hotel - Bayshore Resort must call (231) 935-4400 to make reservations at special pricing - specify MLA Conference as group code


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Summerside Properties must call to make reservations at special pricing - specify MLA Conference as group code

Cambria Suites

Comfort Inn

Best Western

(231) 778-9000

(231) 778-8000

(213) 778-7000





Rates are per room, per day, and subject to 6% state tax and 5% local assessment.  Children 17 years and under stay at no charge in their parents' room.

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2016 Great Lakes Conference: Lighthouse Organization Excellence through Resilience and Change 

The Michigan Lighthouse Alliance is hosting its biennial 2016 conference at the Hagerty Center in their beautiful facility on the shores of Grand Traverse Bay. 

Join us as we gather our lighthouse steward community to renew friendships, learn from informative sessions, and meet with state and federal partners to ask questions about issues we are all facing.

We'll start the conference with a meet & greet at the Elks Lodge in Traverse City, May 15 at 5PM. Arrive anytime from 4-7PM to check in and register.

Conference Sessions Include:
  • The Michigan Tourism Strategic Plan – Opportunities for Lighthouse Tourism
  • Is Your Lighthouse "Audience Focused"?
  • Bring Back the Light!
  • Developing a Successful Organizational Culture
  • From Preservation to Public Access: Be Careful What You Wish For!
  • Succession Planning: Building the Next Generation of Lighthouse Stewards
  • Capital Project Funding: How to Obtain Grants
  • Annual Michigan Lighthouse Alliance Member Meeting
  • Lighthouses on the Fringe
Additional sessions on Organizational Governance and Lighthouse Insurance Issues will be presented. Updates will be sent to conference registrants.

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Register Now!!! Please forward to interested folks !! 

Keynote: The Finest Hours; The Real Story

This year, we have an especially interesting keynote presentation! The MLA Board is excited to announce that former Board Member Jeff Shook, Motor Life Boat Technical Advisor for Disney's film "The Finest Hours; The Real Story," will describe and show behind-the-scenes images of how he advised Disney during filming, as well as supplying lifeboats and Coast Guard artifacts that were used to enhance the film's authenticity. Hear parts of the true story that are not in the film and learn how they made such a challenging rescue come to life on the big screen!

This is truly a one-of-kind experience you won't want to miss!