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The West Michigan Policy Forum 2014 Conference will be held Sunday afternoon, September 28 and Monday, September 29, at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in downtown Grand Rapids.

The West Michigan Policy Forum 2014 Conference has SOLD OUT.  To have your name included on a “Wait List” Please contact:
Heather Sieracki – 616.929.0122
Janet Wyllie – 616.771.0331

Agenda

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28

3:00 p.m. Registration Opens 

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel – Grand Concourse OR 4:00 – 4:45 p.m. JW Marriott Hotel – International Ballroom

5:00 p.m. Opening Session

JW Marriott Hotel – International Ballroom

5:15 p.m. Michigan Can Be A Startup State – Live Skype Discussion

Brad Feld, Founder, Foundry Group and Author of Startup Communities

6:30 p.m. General Reception

JW Marriott Hotel –  jdek

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29

7:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel – Ambassador Ballroom

8:15 a.m. Welcome 

The WMPF Report Card: Moving Up The Ranks

Dr. Robert Genetski, Economist

9:10 a.m. The WMPF Report Card Update

Right to Work Initiative – Dick DeVos, President, The Windquest Group

Personal Property Tax Initiative – Doug Luciani, President, Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce

Early Childhood Funding Initiative – Sean Welsh, Regional President Western Michigan Market, PNC Bank

9:35 a.m. Break

9:55 a.m. Term Limits: Should Michigan Modify?

Dick Posthumus, Former Lt. Governor, State of Michigan with Jim Blanchard, Former Governor, State of Michigan

10:50 a.m. Michigan’s Turnaround: We All Have A Role

Matthew R. Haworth, Chairman, Haworth, Inc.

Michigan: A Look Ahead

The Honorable Rick Snyder, Governor, State of Michigan

12:00 p.m. Lunch in Partnership with The Economic Club of Grand Rapids

JW Marriott Hotel – International Ballroom

Keynote Speaker:

Charles Krauthammer, Pulitzer Prize-winning Syndicated Columnist and Commentator, FOX News Contributor, Best-selling Author and Editor

1:45 p.m. Getting the Mitten to Think Big

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel – Ambassador Ballroom

Jim Hackett, Vice Chair, Director of Steelcase, Inc.

Understanding the Transportation and Infrastructure Investment

Kirk Steudle, Director, Michigan Department of Transportation with Doug George, Consul General, Canadian Consulate General

2:50 p.m. Talent: Where Does West Michigan Stand?

Fred Keller, Chairman, TALENT 2025

3:05 p.m. Understanding Poverty May Help Put More People to Work

Dr. Ruby K. Payne, Founder, aha! Process, Inc.

4:00 p.m. Growing Our Own Talent: The 6th Grade Experiment

Franco Bianchi, President & CEO, Haworth, Inc. with Brian Walker, President & CEO, Herman Miller, Inc.

4:35 p.m. Voices From Michigan Business

Brian Harris, H & H Metal Source

Blake Krueger, Wolverine Worldwide Inc., Grand Rapids

Jon Sorber, Two Men And A Truck® International Inc., Lansing

Bing Goei, Office for New Americans, Lansing

Troy Broad, Elmer’s Crane & Dozer, Inc., Traverse City

Leslie Brown, Metal Flow, Holland

Roger Spoelman, Mercy Health, Muskegon

5:30 p.m. Closing Comments and Voting Results

Signature Forum Hosts

Platinum Sponsors

amway
consumersenergy
haworth
huntington

Gold Sponsors

42north
autocam
Continental-Rail-Gateway
deltadental
Meijer
Mercantile

Silver Sponsors

ITC
MIchamber
PNC
RDVcorp
seyferthPR
WTRV
Windquest
WN&J
Wolverine

Bronze Sponsors

at&t
BrooksCapitalMgmt-Logo
BLM
Davenport-web
dpfox
Goodwillggr
GRBJ-Logo
GVSU
huizenga
nichols
Priorityhealth
Rockford
sibsco
SpartanNash-Logo
talent2025

Forum Supporters

ADAC-web
AEG-Logo
Clark-Hill-web
FSU
grot
lambert
mercyhealth
Metrohealth
mbpa
MSU
MLIVEgrp
northernchamber
perrigo
Roman
Shippac
spectrumhealth
Teddy's Transport - web
TheRapids-Logo
TRP
towerpinkster
UFP
Varnum

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