Campus to host community forum on state's economic crisis

March 23, 2007

DEARBORN / March 23, 2007---The University of Michigan-Dearborn will host a forum and discussion of the state’s economic crisis featuring leading economists, policy makers and community leaders on Friday, April 13.

“By now we are well aware of the dire fiscal circumstances facing our state and region,” according to Edward J. Bagale, vice chancellor for government relations. “Now is the time for all of us who care deeply about education, the environment, public safety, health care and scores of other public needs to come to the table and push hard for action.”

The forum will be held in the auditorium of Social Science Building from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 13.

The program titled “Michigan’s Defining Moment, The Economic Crisis of 2007” will feature presentations by state treasurer Robert J. Kleine and Tom Clay, director emeritus of state affairs for the Citizens Research Council of Michigan.

They will be followed by “A Call for Swift Action” by John W. Porter, former president of Eastern Michigan University and former Michigan superintendent of public instruction. Provost Susan W. Martin will moderate the program.

“We have assembled a panel of the most knowledgeable experts on the topic, and the presentations will be deep and specific,” Bagale said.

“The objective of this program will be for everyone to come away with a much clearer picture of our current economic circumstances. We want to help mobilize communities in our region to advocate for solutions that can be implemented now, that will help turn our declining economic circumstances around and position this region for future economic recovery and growth.”

The April 13 forum is open to the public but seating is limited. Those who wish to attend should call 313-593-5140.

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CONTACT: Terry Gallagher
PHONE: 313-593-5518
The Office of University Relations
Room 1040, Administration Building
University of Michigan-Dearborn