MERS 2018 Retirement Conference

October 4 - 5, 2018
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Grand Rapids


What's going on at this year's conference? Check out this link for session overviews and event information.

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Is your municipality planning to send conference delegates this year? Make sure you submit a completed delegate form when registering! Click here

Board Candidate

Are you or someone you know interested in running for an open seat on the MERS Retirement Board?
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Continuing Education Credits

Education Credits

You asked — we listened!
This year MERS will once again offer continuing education credits for several breakout sessions.
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Attendee testimonials

Region 4

"I think you did a great conference. I was more than impressed with the knowledge of the MERS staff."

Region 4

"I found the breakout sessions extremely informative. The facilitators gave you the information in a very straight forward way. Just how I like to learn."

Region 4

"Your folks picked extremely timely topics, especially those covering unfunded liabilities for both pension and OPEB issues. Couldn't be better."

Region 1

"We would be there no matter what. I always come away with knowledge that I did not have before. Always a great conference."

Education Credits

We will once again offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and Continuing Professional Education (CPEs) at Annual Conference. See the conference agenda for more information.

Tapas & Topics

Preconference Reception – Wednesday, October 3

Are you arriving at Annual Conference the night before it kicks off? If so, please join us Wednesday evening at Tapas & Topics – a fun, interactive networking event where you'll have the opportunity to meet your Regional Team, MERS leadership and MERS Retirement Board candidates and engage in conversations with your peers who are interested in the same retirement topics you are. Relaxed, informal roundtable discussions will be served up alongside delicious small plate appetizers.

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Who Should Attend the MERS Conference?

- Human Resources staff
- Finance staff
- Participants
- Appointed and elected officials


The B.O.B.

Thursday, October 4

The Big Old Building (or B.O.B., as it is more commonly known) is a landmark in downtown Grand Rapids. Four stories tall, each level offers a different type of entertainment from bars and breweries to a comedy club to various dining spots. On Thursday evening, MERS Annual Conference attendees are invited to attend a reception and buffet dinner at the B.O.B. Located less than a quarter-mile from the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, attendees will have the opportunity to view several ArtPrize exhibits on the short walk over and enjoy the many sights and sounds that Grand Rapids has to offer.

Art Prize

Ongoing throughout the conference