First Bi-National Blue Water Regional Collaboration Conference Oct. 2 in Port Huron: The first Bi-National Blue Water Regional Collaboration Conference will be held Wednesday, Oct. 2 in Port Huron, sponsored by the St. Clair County Economic Development Alliance, the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership, the Canadian Consulate General, the I-69 International Trade Corridor, the MSU Center for Community and Economic Development, the United States Economic Development Administration, and other Michigan and Ontario agencies and organizations. Roy Norton, the Canadian Consul General, will deliver the afternoon keynote titled Building U.S.-Canada Prosperity through Bi-National Regional Collaboration. Norton's leadership was key to the successful collaboration between Canada and the U.S. in working out a deal in which Canada is covering Michigan's costs of building the New International Trade Crossing at Detroit-Windsor. Concurrent panels on Regional Logistics Solutions, Bi-National Agri-Food Production, Green Chemistry Innovations, and Strategic Approaches to Immigrant Attraction will describe innovative approaches to cross-border regional economic development. The conference is designed to create dialogue about issues that impact trade, transportation, logistics, and innovative economic opportunities in the Blue Water region of Ontario and Michigan. Based on positive and open dialogue, collaborative initiatives across borders and across sectors can be developed to achieve greater regional economic prosperity. The event will be held at the Hilton Double Tree Hotel, 500 Thomas Edison Parkway, Port Huron, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn more and register here.
Business Leaders for Michigan Set CEO Summit: Business Leaders for Michigan, the statewide CEO group and successor to Detroit Renaissance, has scheduled its second annual Michigan CEO Summit for Wednesday, Oct. 30 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Westin Book Cadillac Detroit, 1114 Washington Boulevard. Speakers include New York Times bestselling author Daniel Burrus and former Michigan Gov. John Engler. BLM's goal is to make Michigan a top 10 state for job, economic and personal income growth. Other speakers and moderators are to include James Nicholson, president and CEO, PVS Chemicals Inc.; John Rakolta Jr., chairman and CEO, Walbridge; Doug Rothwell, president and CEO, Business Leaders for Michigan; Dick Haworth, chairman emeritus, Haworth Inc.; Veronika Scott, founder and CEO, The Empowerment Plan; Dug Song, CEO, Duo Security; Eli Thomssen, president and CEO, Armune BioScience Inc.; Michael Jandernoa, Board of Directors, Perrigo Co.; Kurt Darrow, chairman, president and CEO, La-Z-Boy Inc.; James Hackett, president and CEO, Steelcase Inc.; Daniel Loepp, president and CEO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan; Sandra Pierce, chairman and CEO, FirstMerit Michigan; Hank Meijer, co-chairman and CEO, Meijer Inc.; Brig Sorber, CEO, Two Men And A Truck International Inc. This conference is open to the public. The cost to attend is $125. To register, please contact Jennifer Hayes at (313) 259-5400 or visit www.businessleadersformichigan.com/events/.
Detroit Secureworld Returns: The 2013 edition of Detroit Secureworld will be held Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 16 and 17, at the Ford Motor Co. Conference and Event Center in Dearborn. The event will feature the premiere of Code 2600. Code 2600 documents the rise of the Information Technology age as told through the events and people who helped build and manipulate it. The film explores the impact this new connectivity has on our ability to remain human while maintaining our personal privacy and security. When registering, to receive $25 off the Exhibits and Open Sessions, $100 off the Two Day Conference Pass or $200 off the SecureWorld Plus Training, use the discount code DET13CC4 when registering. More at http://www.secureworldexpo.com/conference/39.
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