- Siddharth Chandra, Professor, James Madison College and Director, MSU Center for Asian Studies, Geopolitical Influence
- Reitu Obakeng Mabokela, Assistant Dean for International Studies in the College of Education and Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Administration, Education Impact
- Jeanne Broad, Director of International Trade Management, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Trade Exchanges
- Charles Ballard, Professor of Economics and Director of MSU State of the State Survey, Michigan State University
- Douglas Smith, Senior Vice President for Strategic Partnerships and Government Affairs, Michigan Economic Development Corporation
- Richard Studley, Chief Executive Officer, Michigan Chamber of Commerce
- Paul M. Hunt, Senior Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, Michigan State University
The 2015 forum dates are scheduled as January 21, March 18, April 15, and May 6. All forums, unless otherwise indicated, begin at 11:30 a.m. and conclude at 1:30 p.m. at the Anderson House Office Building, 5th Floor Mackinac Room, downtown Lansing, across from the Capitol Bldg. The street address is 124 N. Capitol Avenue in Lansing, Michigan.
Each panelist will discuss their perspective before the forum opens to audience discourse. The audience includes lobbyists, legislators and their staff members, Capitol research staff, academic university faculty and researchers, and citizens who are particularly interested in policy-relevant issues and the ďstate of the State.Ē
You are invited to register for this and all IPPSR at forums online or by calling 517-355-6672.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Michiganís connection to Asia
Michigan is in competition for Asian marketsí direct investment. Our State is calling Asia's attention to Michiganís automobile exports, agricultural products, and technology innovation, in particular, as well as our natural resources tourism.
Governor Snyderís fourth trade mission to Asia in Fall 2014 included the signing of a formal agreement between the State of Michigan and the Shanghai Automotive Industry Cooperation (SAIC). SAICís US subsidiary announced Madison Heights, Michigan as home to its new $15 million headquarters. The new digs will add onto about 1,100 jobs currently provided in the State by SAIC, Chinaís largest original equipment manufacturer. Agreements like this are attracting other foreign investors who recognize Michigan as a win-win opportunity.
The March forum will look at the State of Michiganís business interest in Asia and the impact of a reciprocal interest. It will examine the geographic and political factors influencing our work relationship. Finally, the forum discussion will address the interchange of work culture and education systems.
Specific questions include: What is the outcome of our product and labor exchange with Asian markets? How does Asia's work culture impact our State? How will ties to Asia effect Michiganís future? Given this deepening connection, are there policy implications to be considered by State legislators?
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
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Wednesday, May 6, 2015 More Information Coming Soon...
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 The Michigan Perspective - State Priorities for 2015
Please join us for a discussion of top agenda items for Michigan in 2015. With new policymakers taking seats in both the House and Senate, what will be the approach to raising employment in long-term jobs, enhancing Michigan cities as national and international attractions, increasing rural economic development opportunities, and further developing Michiganís assets, including the Great Lakes and an international border? In this January forum, the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR) will set focus on "Job One" and priority pieces of the Stateís strategy intended to make 2015 a successful lead into Michigan's future.