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This week marks Bridge’s summer fundraising campaign, and this summer’s Michigan news cycle has been nonstop. You can count on us to deliver the news you need, wherever your summer travels take you. Will you pitch in to support the nonprofit news that’s there for you? First time donations are matched by the Herrick Foundation!

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Meet the powerhouse panel for our March 22 Michigan Prosperity Summit

Many Michigan residents are struggling to make ends meet. What will it take to improve the economy of the future and ensure that state residents are not left behind?

Don’t miss Solutions Summit: Personal Prosperity, a half-day afternoon conference on March 22 in Detroit. Hear expert speakers discuss the challenges facing income constrained residents and their ideas for improving economic opportunity for all, ask questions and give feedback on these ideas, and watch a debut screening of Bridge Magazine’s documentary, “Michigan Divided,” an exploration of political division in Michigan.

The event is free, but you must RSVP to guarantee your spot. This event will also be livestreamed via Facebook live onBridge’s Facebook page.

Featured speakers include:

Michigan Association of United Ways’ Nancy Lindman discussing their ALICE report findings, Uplift, Inc.’s Ida Byrd-Hill discussing entrepreneurism and the connection between education and personal prosperity, Michigan League for Public Policy’s Gilda Jacobs exploring their research on Michigan’s income disparity, Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit’s Dan Varner sharing their methods for helping state residents find hope, work, and pride, and Coalition on Temporary Shelter (COTS)’s Delphia Simmons sharing on their Passport to Self-Sufficiency model;

Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Sandy Baruah, Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation President and CEO Dave Egner, and Wayne State Board of Governors member Kim Trent discuss Michigan’s challenge and quest for prosperous jobs;

And a presentation from Melanie D’Evelyn of the Detroit Regional Chamber and Keith Whitfield, Wayne State University Provost, on the Chamber’s Detroit Drives Degrees Education Compact, a collective commitment by leaders in education, business, philanthropy, government and the nonprofit community to address an ongoing barrier to personal prosperity – the lack of residents without higher education credentials or college degrees compared to peer regions across the country.

When: Thursday, March 22 from 12:30 to 5 pm

Location: The General Motors Auditorium at the College of Creative Studies in Detroit 

Lunch included. Admission is free, donations welcome at the door.

If you require any accommodations as an attendee of these Summits, please contact Engagement Director Amber DeLind.

We will screen the Bridge documentary, “Michigan Divided.” The film was shot throughout 2017 and follows six Michigan families across from across political and demographic spectrums. What can the state’s residents agree on? And how can we work together for a better future?

This Summit is one of four policy conferences the Center and Bridge will be hosting as a kickoff to our 2018 Michigan Truth Tour. These summits will identify and outline potential solutions to the state’s most pressing issues, amplify expert discussion of those public issues, give the audience an opportunity to ask questions of these experts, and set a fact- and data-driven tone for the 2018 statewide elections.

Don’t wait, seating is limited. Reserve your seat today!


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