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.