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Investing in Michigan’s Future With Defense Industry

During the 2016 Mackinac Policy Conference, The Value of Defense: Protecting and Growing Michigan’s Assets panel will build on the Conference pillar of investing in the future.

Sometimes overlooked, Michigan’s defense assets create jobs and revenue in communities throughout the state. As a leader in defense contract procurement, and innovative technologies shared between the automotive and defense industries, the state remains vulnerable if certain assets were to be reassigned or eliminated. Recognizing the economic impact of the industry, panelists will explore opportunities to grow and leverage the state’s defense assets to boost economic opportunities for Michigan businesses in the defense and homeland security sectors.

Panelists include:
Brian Calley, Lt. Governor, State of Michigan
Keith Johnson, President, ThermoAnalytics Inc.
Charles Perham, Executive Associate, Matrix Design Group
Debbie Stabenow, U.S. Senator, State of Michigan
Gary Whited, President, General Dynamics Land Systems