©2018 Michigan Economic Development Corporation

Registration Deadline Draws Near for Competitiveness Conference

Tuesday, April 23, 2002

Jennifer Kopp
(517) 335-4590

One Week Left to Join in Developing Michigan’s Economic Development Action Plan

The registration deadline for the Michigan Competitiveness Conference is only one week away. 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 for the next Governor and Legislature to improve the state’s competitiveness.

The conference, sponsored by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and the Michigan Business Roundtable, 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.

Conference attendees must register by Tuesday, April 30. Registration is now available online by visiting the Business Services section of the MEDC website at www.michigan.org.

“There are still a few spaces available for the conference, but the number of attendees is limited. If you want to take part in determining Michigan’s economic development future, this conference is a must attend event,” said Doug Rothwell, president and CEO of the MEDC. “The plan developed at the conference will help successfully steer Michigan to continued economic growth.”

Stanford Research Institute International will present the findings of an in-depth benchmarking study at the conference. The study compares Michigan to 15 other states 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 be the featured 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.

· Globalism and Business Vitality: Chaired by Jeffrey Noel, president, Cornerstone Alliance.

· Infrastructure: Chaired by Laura Chappelle, chair, Michigan Public Service Commission.

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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