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Chamber produces Issue Summit on Flint water and Detroit schools

March 9, 2016
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Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce Issue Summit
The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce produces a quarterly Issue Summit to tackle the most pressing topics facing the region. Photo via

There will be an open discussion on the Flint water crisis and Detroit Public Schools downtown next week.

The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting its second Issue Summit on March 18 in Grand Rapids at the Downtown Market, from 7:30-11:30 a.m.

The summit will address the long-term impacts of the aging infrastructure and legacy costs in Flint and at Detroit Public Schools, possible solutions and potential outcomes for the region and state moving ahead.

John Walsh, Gov. Rick Snyder’s director of strategy, and Excellent Schools Detroit CEO Dan Varner will serve as keynote speakers.

The summit will also include a Q&A panel discussion, featuring Grand Valley Metro Council’s John Weiss and Ken Sikkema, co-chair of the governor’s Flint Water Task Force.

“It’s an important conversation for our community to have as our state and region weigh important policy questions,” said Rick Baker, president and CEO, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce.

Tickets to the event are $30 for chamber members and $35 for non-members.

People can register for the summit online.

Issue Summits

This is the second Issue Summit hosted by the Grand Rapids chamber in 2016, following in the footsteps of February’s Transportation and Mobility Summit.

The chamber’s Issue Summit is a quarterly series designed to address some of the most pressing topics facing the businesses and community of West Michigan.

The chamber works to bring in experts to discuss the issues, solutions and advocacy work that can impact the region.

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