Washtenaw County is pleased to announce that it will host the 2013 Southeast Michigan Regional Summiton November 14, 2013 at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, MI. Formerly the Ti-County Summit, this annual event has been taking place in SE Michigan since 1998 – and it will be held this year in Washtenaw County for the very first time.
Attendees will include top elected officials from Wayne, Washtenaw, St Clair, Oakland and Macomb counties, City of Detroit Council Members, state legislators, key representatives of businesses from around southeastern Michigan and members of the media. The 2013 Summit theme is “New Jobs Through Green Economic Development.”
This year’s event features keynote speaker Dr. Peter Adriaens, international expert on integrating green/clean technology development into countries’ existing economic structures. Dr. Adriaens, who is also a professor at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, and has advised the countries of Ireland and Finland on introducing green economic development initiatives within their legacy economies.
“The Southeast Michigan Regional Summit has a proven record of success as a vehicle to build consensus leading to tangible action,” says Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners Chairperson Yousef Rabhi. “We hope this year’s dialogue will lead to new business activities and contracts for our region. It will lay the groundwork for a regional strategy focused on creating and attracting green jobs in SE Michigan.”
The Southeast Michigan Regional Summit will convene elected officials from the legislative bodies of Southeastern Michigan to target collaborative work on a shared agenda. This year’s topic focus will to examine how “green” practices have gone beyond being the hot new thing to being integrated into the way people do business. Attendees will hear from local entities already engaged in green practices and learn how people are making business or organizational decisions with our resources in the Southeast Michigan area. Additionally, they will engage in dialogue about what jobs can be associated with this trend and hear from Dr. Adriaens about how to evaluate our own legacy economy here in Southeast Michigan.
The group will conclude this event by passing a Resolution to call for greater action in our region to encourage the expansion of this trend already taking place in Southeast Michigan.
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