The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and the Michigan Business Roundtable announced plans today for the Michigan Competitiveness Conference.This gathering of key decision makers will provide a forum to examine Michigan’s business investment efforts in comparison to other states and establish an action plan to improve the state’s competitiveness.
The conference will be held on Monday, May 6 at the Lansing Center in downtown Lansing.More than 300 leaders from business, education and government are expected to attend.
“This conference is designed to take an objective look at the competitiveness of the state so we can build on our strengths and correct any deficiencies,” said Doug Rothwell, president and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.“We expect to come away from this conference with an in-depth action plan to present to the next Governor and state Legislature which will help successfully steer Michigan to continued economic growth.”
SRI International will present the findings of an in-depth benchmarking study at the conference.The study compares Michigan to 15 other states and various foreign countries analyzing a variety of issues, including traditional business cost factors, quality of life, education and workforce demographics.
Deborah L. Wince-Smith, president of the U.S. Council on Competitiveness will serve as keynote speaker.She served as the nation’s first Assistant Secretary for Technology Policy in the U.S. Department of Commerce and directed the President’s National Technology Initiative.She is nationally recognized as an expert on science and technology policy, innovation strategy, commercialization and global competition.
A series of breakout sessions chaired by various leaders in business, education and economic development will address the following issues:
· Human Investment: Chaired by Dr. Elson Floyd, president, Western Michigan University and Dr. Albert L. Lorenzo, president, Macomb Community College.
· Business Climate: Chaired by Peter S. Walters, group vice president, Guardian Industries Corporation.
· Financial and Innovation Resources: Chaired by Hayden Harris, general partner, EDF Ventures.
· Business Dynamism and Performance: Chaired by Jeffrey Noel, president, Cornerstone Alliance.
· Infrastructure: Chaired by Laura Chappelle, chair, Michigan Public Service Commission.
Forum participants will be asked to provide input on possible solutions to critical issues using an audience response system.
“For state and local leaders who want to contribute to an action plan for steering Michigan’s future economic competitiveness, this conference is the answer,” said Anthony F. Earley, Jr., chairman, Michigan Business Roundtable.
The Michigan Business Roundtable is an independent, non-partisan and non-profit organization composed of chief executive officers of Michigan-based corporations.Its members will work in conjunction with other business organizations and public officials to aid in the solution of issues and questions of strategic importance to the economic vitality of the state of Michigan and the quality of life of its residents.
To register for the conference, please contact the MEDC at 517-373-9808.
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, 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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