Ann Arbor Area Community News
The Ann Arbor Chamber of Commerce is hosting the one-day conference impact2005 on September 14 to discuss Ann Arbor and Southeast Michigan’s attractiveness to “innovative companies”. From their press release:
“Impact 2005 will focus on how to expand and grow our economy, how to attract and retain those businesses that every state is trying to land—those in the innovation, biosciences, information, professional, tech and related sectors. Anyone who is interested in the future economic growth of our region should attend” Keeley said.
While the event’s website rosily states, “The Ann Arbor region and Southeast Michigan is becoming a hub for innovative companies,” Brandt Coultas, the Chamber’s Director of Government Affairs, says the purpose is not just to laud past successes, but to discuss the City and region’s failures. “Why don’t people (not just 22-35 year olds) move here and why do they leave? Why don’t more cool, emerging, innovative companies locate here/start here?”
The event’s $75 registration fee will probably dissuade most bloggers from attending, but any thoughts here on how to do Richard Florida / Jane Jacobs better than “Cool Cities” will probably make their way back to the “region’s decision-makers”.
EDIT, 26 Aug: by e-mail, it looks like a “student rate” of $30 has been introduced for the conference – “This rate covers the Chamber’s cost of hosting the event (food & beverages) and hopefully allows the students an opportunity to attend and participate in a conversation of how to shape the future of the region.” Alan Barr of Creative Change Associates is the contact person for student registrations – email@example.com. Good enough for me…
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