Panel Discussion: Michigan's Economy in 2009 and Beyond
Monday, February 9, 2009, 4:005:30pm
1120 Joan and Sanford Weill Hall
735 South State Street, Ann Arbor
A consensus has emerged in the last few years regarding Michigan's economic future. In order to return prosperity to the state most analysts agree that Michigan must develop a diversified knowledge economy featuring robust entrepreneurial activity and a highly educated, innovative labor force.
However, today Michigan is confronted with a severe economic recession and a meltdown of the economy's core automotive sector. There has been much less discussion, and certainly no consensus, regarding how Michigan should respond to the current economic recession and yet stay on the path of transition toward a knowledge economy.
The Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy at the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy will host a panel discussion of economic experts to focus on the short run challenges and long term opportunities for Michigan's economy in 2009 and beyond.
- John Austin, Director of the New Economy Initiative and Vice President of the Michigan Board of Education;
- Charles Ballard, Professor of Economics at Michigan State University and Director of the MSU State of the State Survey;
- Christopher Hayter, Program Director for the Economic Development Program at the National Governors Association;
- Kim Hill, Director of the Automotive Communities Program and Associate Director of the Economics and Business Group, Center for Automotive Research;
- Moderator: Paul Courant, Dean of Libraries and Harold T. Shapiro Collegiate Professor of Public Policy at the University of Michigan.