More than a convention – it’s a destination.
June 15th – 18th
The Kalamazoo Torch Club will be hosting the 2017 IATC Convention and Annual Meeting: June 15th through June 18th. The Convention will be held at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Kalamazoo, Michigan, located in southwest Michigan, about two hours from Chicago.
Kalamazoo features a vibrant and progressive downtown that sets the stage for quality dining, eclectic shops and galleries, and live entertainment. Plus, you’re never far from lakes and outdoor recreation, festivals, and world-class attractions.
RADISSON PLAZA HOTEL
The Radisson Plaza at the Kalamazoo Center is an unbeatable downtown hotel within walking distance of the Kalamazoo Mall, Bell’s Brewery, and the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. The hotel has four restaurants and a lobby bar. There’s also a 24/7 business center and several unique retail shops. Premium amenities like free Internet, an indoor pool with waterfall, and an onsite spa and fitness center are offered.
Radisson Plaza Hotel Kalamazoo
100 West Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49007
THURSDAY, JUNE 15TH
Convention check in is 9 am to 5 pm daily, Friday registration starts at 8 AM, lower level,
Radisson. Pick-up a schedule, name tag, and swag bag – it’s really good.
Before an Opening Session and Welcome from Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell, we’ll kick off with the history behind Kalamazoo’s unique name from our favorite historian, Tom Dietz, Curator Emeritus Kalamazoo Valley Museum.
Help us “Pass the Torch” to a new generation. For $50 per person, introduce students and young professionals to Torch when you bring guests to the Thursday night festivities.
FRIDAY, JUNE 16TH
“The Bronson Healthy Living Campus:
Collaboration, Redesign, Sustainability and Success Through Food"
Join Dr. Dean McCurdy, Associate Vice President for Instruction, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, as he gives us an in-depth look at this innovative, program that focuses on the relationship between food and health.
“The Kalamazoo Promise:
How Every Kalamazoo Public High School Graduate Can Go to College for Free"
Von Washington, Jr., Executive Director of Community Relations, Kalamazoo Promise, will present the program that provides resident graduates of the Kalamazoo Public Schools with to up 100 percent of their tuition at Michigan's public universities and community colleges.
“Foundation for Excellence”
Benefactors have offered to give the city of Kalamazoo $70 million to eliminate recurring budget deficits and create a "Foundation for Excellence" to fund city services and improvements. Let Bobby Hopewell, Kalamazoo City Mayor, introduce you to this program.
Lunch and Tour – Then Dinner