Friday, April 9, 2010

Time to be Part of the Solution -- Come to Livingston's New Economy Summit

Livingston County needs a new economic strategy. Actually, I'm not sure it ever had one, other than hoping people would move here from other places. But better late than ever.

That's why, as members of the Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce, the Livingston County Democratic Party has been watching plans for the New Economy Summit planned for April 15. The Livingston County Press and Argus has a rundown on the event.

The goal of the summit is to lay out the process for writing a strategy for developing Livingston County's economy in light of the realities of the 21st Century, including the loss of manufacturing jobs. Organizers want everyone to be involved -- not just a few business leaders, but a true cross section of our community. Writing that strategy will take nine months or more, but this is the time to find out what steps are involved and how you can contribute.

The summit is scheduled for 7:30-9:30 a.m. at Crystal Gardens banquet center, 5768 E. Grand River Ave. in Genoa Township. The chambers of commerce in Howell, Brighton and Hartland and the Michigan State University Land Policy Institute are sponsoring the event.

The event is free (and includes a continental breakfast) but organizers are asking people to register. Contact the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce at (517) 546-3920 or at; the Greater Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce at (810) 227-5086 or at; or the Hartland Area Chamber of Commerce at (810) 632-9130 or at

As the Press and Argus editorial noted, "If you are one of those people who would rather help shape a community than complain about what 'they' are doing, this would be the time to get involved."

So get off the sidelines and come to this event. Our county needs your ideas and volunteer efforts.

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