The Michigan Jobs Commission's Southeast Michigan Information Technologies Town Hall meeting will feature Philip Psilos, Senior Consultant, Deloitte & Touche Fantus Consulting, as its keynote speaker. The Ann Arbor Town Hall meeting will be Wednesday, May 20, at the Sheraton Inn, 3200 Boardwalk, Ann Arbor, from 7:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Psilos, a Washington, D.C. consultant, will speak on the development potential for the software industry in the Ann Arbor/Detroit area. Key business and education leaders from Southeast Michigan also will be conference speakers. The town hall meetings, which are jointly sponsored by the Michigan Jobs Commission, the Michigan Information Technologies Roundtable, and Michigan State University, are designed to help set an agenda for the information technologies industry in Michigan. The Ann Arbor meeting is one of three conferences leading to a statewide summit in Dearborn on October 8. "We know there is a profound shortage of skilled information technology workers," said Doug Rothwell, CEO and department director of the Michigan Jobs Commission. "We need to work together to formulate a solution." "When Michigan's business people, scientists, educators and government leaders pool their intelligence, creativity and experience, they can meet any challenge," Rothwell said. "Together, we can develop ways to find and train new workers, deal with infrastructure issues, get more companies on line, or address any problem." Among those participating in the Ann Arbor conference are Mike Korybalski, chairman and CEO, Mechanical Dynamics, Inc.; Susan Lackey, president, Washtenaw Development Council; and Barry Cargill, vice president, Government Relations, Small Business Association of Michigan. In addition, there will be four breakout sessions. They will be led by information technology experts in telecommunications infrastructure, the information technologies skills shortage, the impact of technology, and the potential for small businesses. Gail Lutey, chair of the summit planning committee and director of investor relations for Complete Business Solutions, Inc., a Farmington Hills computer consulting company, said the town hall meetings and the summit will give Michigan companies an unprecedented opportunity to learn more about the challenges, opportunities, and problems facing an industry that is key to the future economic growth of Michigan. The last information technology town hall meetings before the October 8 Summit will be at June 23, at the Radisson Hotel, Lansing. For more information or to register, contact the Jobs Commission's Customer Assistance line: (517) 373-9808. There is no registration fee, but individuals are encouraged to register, due to limited seating. The Information Technologies Roundtable is a group of more than 150 key executives from companies across the state that assist the Jobs Commission in making the industry more competitive, thereby creating jobs. The Roundtable's Internet site ,www.state.mi.us./medc/business/business.htm includes information on the town hall meetings, and by fall will have an interactive "virtual town hall meeting" on line.