This annual event brings together hundreds of business leaders, elected officials and community champions to hear directly from issue experts and lawmakers on issues directly impacting our state’s business, economic and political environment.
Thank you for those who could attend and network with peers and connect with Michigan’s top policymakers!
8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Registration and Networking
9:00 – 9:10 a.m. Welcome
9:10 – 9:55 a.m. - Pundits and Pollsters (45 min.)
With six months to go before a highly consequential election, what does the political landscape look like in Michigan and the nation? This bipartisan panel of top political pundits and pollsters will discuss emerging issues and themes. Hear their predictions on the 2022 election cycle, including how the new maps, ballot proposals and the national landscape might impact the results.
Co-Host, It's Just Politics,
Michigan Radio, MODERATOR
Adrian J. Hemond
10:05 – 10:50 a.m. - Balancing Act: Decision Time for Strategic Investment of Federal Dollars (45 min.)
Michigan is sitting on billions in federal infrastructure and American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding. Although there is consensus around spending the one-time dollars on infrastructure projects like roads and bridges, debate and discussion continues around how we can best allocate the funding for transformational projects that won’t require ongoing spending. This session will explore the challenges and opportunities ahead and discuss how Michigan can strategically invest its dollars to build a strong economic future.
John LaMacchia II
State Budget Office
11:00 – 11:45 a.m. - Bold Decisions for a Bright Future (45 min.)
Michigan needs to work boldly to address its challenges and seize the opportunities of the new, globally competitive, knowledge-based economy. This session will explore how we can work together to support and grow our state’s core industries — manufacturing, tourism, agriculture and more — and work to attract the next generation of industries to create new jobs, opportunities and economic growth.
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. - Lunch with Lawmakers Featuring a Fireside Chat with Leading Lawmakers: Is There a Path to Progress?
Leaders from both sides of the aisle in the Michigan House and Senate will come together for a lively discussion about how the Legislature is operating in 2022. In an election year, how do you find a path to progress on key legislative issues and in the appropriations process? Hear their thoughts on executing a path to progress for Michigan.