Sharpton, Buchanan Headline Michigan Chamber's 2011 Future Forum

August 2, 2011

Former presidential candidates Rev. Al Sharpton and Pat Buchanan will debate the top issues affecting Michigan’s economic future on Sept. 20, as part of the Michigan Chamber Foundation’s 2011 Future Forum.

Sharpton and Buchanan will cap a day of thought-provoking discussions about the key economic issues facing Michigan. The forum will kick off with futurist Joel Kotkin, author of “The Next Hundred Million: America in 2050.” He will examine Michigan’s demographic changes, prospects for the state’s cities and small communities, and opportunities for new jobs and industries.

“It will take innovative thinking to overcome our state’s challenges, and the Future Forum is a launch pad for those ideas,” said Rich Studley, president and CEO of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce. “Gov. Snyder and legislative leaders have taken major steps already this year to reinvent Michigan and reinvigorate our economy, but there are more tough decisions ahead.”

The Future Forum will also include a panel discussion on the leadership role women, minority and immigrant entrepreneurs are taking to speed Michigan’s economy recovery. The future of Michigan’s transportation infrastructure will also be discussed.

“The Future Forum sets the standard for exciting speakers and fresh ideas,” said Michigan Chamber Foundation Chairwoman Kelly Rossman-McKinney, CEO of Lansing-based Truscott Rossman. “These are the conversations the business community needs to have to accomplish an agenda that moves Michigan forward.”

It will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, at Michigan State University’s Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing.

Register online or by calling 1-800-748-0266.