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2003 Michigan IT Summit Announces Rich Karlgaard as Keynote Speaker

Thursday, April 03, 2003

For Immediate Release:
April 3, 2003

Contact: Deb Lewis
Airfoil Public Relations
for the 2003 Michigan IT Summit
313-363-9973
lewis@airfoilpr.com

2003 Michigan IT Summit Announces Rich Karlgaard as Keynote Speaker
Karlgaard, publisher of Forbes, to present IT Summit Awards

LANSING, Mich. – The planning committee for the 2003 Michigan IT Summit today announced that Rich Karlgaard, publisher of Forbes magazine, will present the afternoon keynote address at the May 19, 2003 event to be held at The Palace in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Karlgaard will address how companies can find opportunities and take advantage of today’s unique business environment.

This year’s conference theme “Business Unusual,” will focus on current trends and future innovations in technology that impact the Midwest region. This year’s Michigan IT Summit is hosted by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).

As well as a publisher, Karlgaard is also an accomplished entrepreneur. He has co-founded two companies, Garage Technology Ventures and Upside magazine, as well as founded a well-recognized civic organization, the Churchill Club.

“We are delighted to have such a well-respected member of both the technology and publishing industries as one of our keynote panelists this year,” stated Jeff Mason, senior vice president of Public Affairs for MEDC and chair of the Summit. “Rich has a great perspective on fostering innovation and this will provide new insights for all attendees.”

Additionally, Karlgaard will present the awards for the 2003 Michigan IT Summit award program. The Michigan IT Summit is currently accepting nominations for the three award categories: Young Entrepreneur, Lifetime Achievement, and Ultimate Survivor. More information about the 2003 Michigan IT Summit and the Awards Program can be found at www.itsummit.com. The deadline for nominations is April 30, 2003 and can be submitted via the IT Summit website at www.itsummit.com.

About the 2003 Michigan IT Summit

The 2003 Michigan IT Summit is the only statewide conference for Michigan's information technology professionals and the Midwest’s prime venues for showcasing new developments and business models for the IT industry. In its fifth year, the May 19, 2003 Summit will feature IT business leaders, government decision-makers, entrepreneurs, financiers, and innovators and will focus on its theme “Business Unusual.” For more information, please see www.itsummit.com.

About the MEDC

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation will lead the organization effort of this year’s Summit.The MEDC, a partnership between the state and local communities, promotes smart economic growth by developing strategies and providing services to create and retain good jobs and a high quality of life.

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