Mini Forum On Education – Creating a Unified Vision!

On June 24th, 2013, the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the WMPF, hosted a Mini Forum On Education with the goal to develop a unified vision for the future of education for the State of Michigan, and specifically, the Muskegon Lakeshore area. Representatives from the business community interested in creating an education system aimed at better preparing students for Michigan’s future workforce needs attended the event.

Program participants included:
•  John Bebow, President & CEO, The Center for Michigan
•  Cindy Larsen, President, Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce
•  Steve Olsen, President, Northern Machine Tool
•  Steve Parker, facilitator and owner of Longview Consulting
•  Jared Rodriguez, President, West Michigan Policy Forum
•  Dave Sipka, Superintendent, Muskegon Area Intermediate School District
•  Kevin Stotts, President, Talent 2025

Photos from the event are available on our Facebook page.

Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce

Hitting the Reset Button on Education

A mini-forum partnership between the WMPF and the Kalamazoo Regional Chamber of Commerce.

West Michigan Policy Forum


Sponsored by:




What: The WMPF and the Kalamazoo Regional Chamber of Commerce will partner on a mini-forum focused on education and public policy.

When: December 12, 2011

Where: Western Michigan University I Kalamazoo


  • Dr. Tony Bennett, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Dr. John Dunn, President, Western Michigan University
  • Dr. David Eisler, President, Ferris State UniversityDr. David Eisler, President, Ferris State University
  • Dr. Steven Ender, President, Grand Rapids Community College
  • George Erickcek, Senior Regional Analyst, W.E. Upjohn Institute
  • Dr. Timohty Bartik, W.E. Upjohn Institute
  • Sean Welsh, Regional President, PNC Bank
  • Sheri Welsh, Welsh & Associates
  • James Bermingham, Superintendent, Berrien Springs School District
  • Tom McGovern, President, Rockford Construction
  • Dr. Bernard Taylor, Superintendent, Grand Rapids Public Schools

Click here to view the complete Kalamazoo mini-forum program.

Michigan: The Logistics Hub of the Midwest

A mini-forum partnership between the WMPF and the Northern Michigan Regional Chamber Alliance.

West Michigan Policy Forum

Northern Michigan

Sponsored by:

Consumer Energy

DTE Energry

What: The WMPF and the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance partnered for a mini-forum focused on transportation, infrastructure and public policy.

When: October 3, 2011

Where: Grand Traverse Resort


  • Mr. Doug DeYoung, Senior Director of Government Relations, Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Mr. Kirk Steudle, Director, Michigan Transportation
  • Mr. Jim Smiertka, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Primas Civitas Foundation
  • Mr. David Lick,Esq., Shareholder, Commercial Litigation Practice Group, Foster Swift & Collins
  • Mr. Mike Bagwell, President/CEO, Great Lakes Central Railroad
  • Dr. Mike Belzer, Professor of Industrial Relations – Surface Transportation, Wayne State University
  • Ms. Patty Birkholz, Director, Office of the Great Lakes, State of Michigan
  • Mr. Bryce Kelly, Wayne County EDGE/Aerotropolis
  • Representative Rick Olson, Michigan House of Representatives

Click here to view the complete Traverse City mini-forum program.