In March, the Center for Michigan and Bridge Magazine will gather dozens of experts and stakeholders at locations across the state to factually ground the 2018 elections in the biggest substantive issues facing Michigan. These Solutions Summits, open to the public, include:
Wednesday, March 14: A Great Place to Live & Good Government
Don’t miss this day-long discussion about Michigan’s crumbling infrastructure, the health of cities, balancing economic growth and natural resources protection, and the numerous ballot issues voters may face in November. Location: The Huntington Club conference facility inside Spartan Stadium in East Lansing.
Confirmed morning speakers include Eric Scarsone, Mayor Mark Huizenga, Mayor Karen Majewski, and Mayor Bill Wild on the health of Michigan’s cities, Helen Taylor, Lisa Wozniak, Jon Allan, Chris Kolb, and Kimberly Hill Knott on environment and natural resources, and Sally Talberg, Evan Pratt, and John Walsh on infrastructure.
Confirmed afternoon speakers include Craig Mauger, Katie Fahey, Jeff Timmer, and Joe Richotte on issues related to trust in state government, Mitch Bean and Michael LaFaive on state taxes and spending, and Josh Hovey, Jeff Wiggins, and Pat Devlin on potential ballot issues for 2018. Participants will also see a debut screening of the Bridge documentary, “Michigan Divided.” Reserve your seat today
Thursday, March 22 (morning): An Educated Michigan
Don’t miss this half-day morning conference on Michigan’s education performance crisis and what to do about it. Co-hosted by Business Leaders for Michigan, the event will feature education experts, lessons from other states and urge residents to consider the critical state of our education system as we move into the election season. This event will also be broadcast on Detroit Public Television!Location: The General Motors Auditorium at the College of Creative Studies in Detroit.
Confirmed speakers include Michelle Richard, Mike Wilkinson, and Amber Arellano on the state of education in Michigan, Jen Nelson, David Mansouri, Marc Hill, Paul Reville, and Linda Noonan on how other states succeed in education, and John Rakolta, David Campbell, Eileen Weiser, and Luke Wilcox to discuss key issues for Michigan’s education system in 2018 and beyond. Reserve your seat today!
Thursday, March 22 (afternoon): Personal Prosperity
Don’t miss this half-day afternoon conference featuring business, philanthropic and community leaders discussing strategies to best ensure economic opportunity and prosperity for all Michigan residents. Location: The General Motors Auditorium at the College of Creative Studies in Detroit.
Confirmed speakers include Nancy Lindman, Gilda Jacobs, Dan Varner and Delphia Simmonson the challenges facing income constrained residents and Kim Trent, Dave Egner, and Sandy Baruah on Michigan’s quest for prosperous jobs, and we will have a presentation from the Detroit Regional Chamber on their Detroit Drives Degrees Education Compact. Participants will also see a debut screening of the Bridge documentary, “Michigan Divided.” Reserve your seat today.
Friday, March 23: An Educated Michigan
Don’t miss this half-day morning conference on Michigan’s education performance crisis and what to do about it. Co-hosted by the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, the event will feature education experts, lessons from other states and a call to action for 2018 candidates to develop robust policy platforms for Michigan’s education future and for Michigan residents to hold them to these promises. Location: New Vintage Place in Grand Rapids.
Confirmed speakers include Ron French on the state of education in Michigan, Kevin Stotts, David Campbell,Amber Arellano, Tom Haas, and Tim Sowton on what’s being done to address Michigan’s education crisis,Eileen Weiser, Karen McPhee, and a member of the Michigan Education Association’s leadership team on key issues for Michigan’s education system in 2018 and beyond, and keynote speaker Mark Murray on education reform. Reserve your seat today!