The 2010 West Michigan Policy Forum Conference

The premier business/policy event of 2010

2010 West Michigan Policy Forum Agenda

Thursday, September 16, 2010

9:00 – 10:15 AM | Registration

10:15 – 10:45 AM | Session One – Forum Opening – “The Report Card” – The Policy Forum’s Progress since 2008

10:45-11:45 AM | Session Two – Grassroots Advocacy and A Common Business Agenda is Needed
with Mick Fleming, President/CEO, American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE)

11:45 AM – 12:00 Noon | Break

11:45 AM – 12:00 Noon | Break

12 noon – 1:30 PM | Forum Lunch – “Back to the Basics” for Michigan’s Recovery with Brian Wesbury,
Chief Economist, First Trust Advisors L.P.

1:30 – 1:40 PM | Break

1:40 – 2:35 PM | Session Three – Making Michigan Globally Competitive – Cradle through multiple careers with Dr. Shirley Robinson Pippins, Senior Vice President, American Council on Education

2:40 – 3:40 PM | Session Four – Organized Labor – Rethinking Reform with Rick Berman, President, Berman & Company

3:40 – 3:50 PM | Break

3:50 – 5:00 PM | Michigan’s Budget and Spending Priorities with Mark Murray, President of Meijer, Inc. Speakers Jeffrey Guilfoyle, President of Citizens Research Council, Lou Glazer, President of Michigan Future Inc., and Joseph Lehman, President at Mackinac Center will join in on discussion.

5:00 – 5:30 PM | Break

5:30 – 6:45 PM | Private PAC Reception (ticket required) with special guests: State Legislators

6:15 – 7:00 PM | General Reception

7:00 – 9:00 PM | Dinner with Keynote Speakers: Mo’Rocca & P.J. O’Rourke, Political Satirists

9:00 PM – 2:00 AM | Afterglow Party at the Grand Woods Lounge

Friday, September 17, 2010

7:00 – 8:00 AM | Day Two Registration

7:30 – 8:30 AM | Breakfast

8:00 – 8:15 AM | Morning Welcome – Day One Recap / Day Two Format and Expectations with Jim Dunlap, Senior Executive Vice President, Huntington Bank

8:15 – 9:45 AM | Session Six – Meet the Gubernatorial Candidates, Moderated Q & A

9:45 – 10:00 AM | Break

10:00 AM – 12 Noon | Sessions Seven / Eight – Rapid Exchange Sessions (Choose two of three to attend)

Session A: The Effects of Transportation Infrastructure on Michigan’s Future with Marge Potter, Executive Director of Corporate Affairs, Continental Rail Gateway and hear from experts Dr. William Anderson from the University of Windsor, David Littmann, Senior Economist for the Mackinac Center and Richard Keyes, Executive Vice President Supply Chain and Manufacturing from Meijer.

Session B: The Future of Taxes and Incentives in Michigan with Doug Rothwell, President, Business Leaders for Michigan, Dr. Ron Pollina, President, Pollina Corporate Real Estate & Author of Selling Out a Superpower, and Birgit Klohs, President, The Right Place Inc.

Session C: The Impact of National Health Care with Jeff Connolly, VP, Blue Cross Blue Shield Michigan, President, West Michigan Operations and experts Richard Breon, President/CEO of Spectrum Health, Vincent Frakes, Project Manager at The Center for Health Transportation, Roger Spoelman, President/CEO of Mercy Health Partners and Dr. Marsha Rappley, Dean, MSU College of Human Medicine.

12 Noon – 1:30 PM | Closing Luncheon – A Look Ahead for Michigan: What are the business tools you used and what is it going to take to turn our state around? Speaker William Clay Ford, Jr., Executive Chairman at Ford Motor Company

1:30 – 2:00 PM | Policy Forum Closing / Call to Action with Jim Dunlap, Senior Executive Vice President of Huntington Bank