About PromiseNet

Downtown Kalamazoo

The fifth meeting of PromiseNet will take place on November 6-8, 2013, at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Kalamazoo, Michigan. PromiseNet is an opportunity for Promise community stakeholders to come together and share best practices around designing, implementing, and sustaining place-based scholarship programs.

Promise communities are those that seek to transform themselves by making a long-term investment in education through place-based scholarships. While these programs vary in their structure, they all seek to expand access to and success in higher education, deepen the college-going culture in K-12 systems, and support local economic development.

This interactive meeting will provide ample opportunity for informal and formal networking. We will share experiences and best practices; make the case for investing in education as an economic development strategy; explore new partnerships with the business community, political leaders, and donors; and address the tough issues of community alignment and sustainability. Above all, we will learn from the experts -- each other -- and come away better prepared to continue to transform our communities.

Ideally, each city or community in attendance would bring a team of four to six professionals (educators, city officials, economic development specialists, scholarship administrators, etc.) who are passionate about improving student and community outcomes by means of a Promise program. Of course the conference is open to individuals as well.