Snyder: Let’s Write State’s Next Chapter as “One Michigan”

During Michigan’s “Lost Decade,” the state sometimes seemed fated to continue its economic decline. However, a dramatic reinvention, under the leadership of Gov. Rick Snyder, helped create more than 400,000 private-sector jobs and write a new comeback story for Michigan. Today, Snyder used his keynote address to look ahead towards the future, urging Conference attendees to overcome divisions, find solutions and write the state’s next chapter together, as “One Michigan.”

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Why Michigan Businesses Are Investing in Early Childhood Development

When children are healthy they perform better in school and are more likely to succeed. Making the investment in early childhood development is key to sustaining the workforce of the future. The session “Increasing the Bottom Line: Why Michigan Businesses are Investing in Early Childhood Development” captured this message with an insightful and dynamic conversation on why focusing on the pre-kindergarten population is so important.

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Flint Session Focuses on Immediate Recovery, Economic Growth

Pipes and jobs – these are the two main objective Flint leaders are focusing on both in the short and long-term to address the water crisis and help the city rise. Gathering on Michigan’s Center Stage, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, Flint Mayor Karen Weaver and Charles Stewart (C.S.) Mott Foundation President Ridgway White discussed the ways in which they are partnering together to build trust and a better future for Flint’s residents.

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Fournier: Change Is the Cause of Unprecedented Election, Voter Dissatisfaction

To Conference keynote speaker, nationally renowned journalist and Detroit native, Ron Fournier, the upcoming 2016 presidential election is much larger than Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders or any other candidate in the race. It’s a watershed moment, the culmination of the rapid economic and technological change society is facing – and more importantly, the defining attributes millennials take into shaping the institutions around them.

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