Exploring economic options

Apr 6, 2007

Kettering will co-sponsor the Design and Manufacturing Spring 2007 Conference on education's vital role in regional economic development

Education has a vital role in regional economic development, a topic that will be explored Friday, April 27, during the Design and Manufacturing Alliance (DMA) Spring 2007 Conference. The event is sponsored by Mott Community College in partnership with the Genesee Intermediate School District and Kettering University.

The 8:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. event will be in Mott Community College's Regional Technology Center, 1401 E. Court Street in Flint. The event is open to the public.

Featured speakers will be Dr. Sean McAlinden, vice president for Research at the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) and an active participant in a Mid-Michigan economic development initiative. He will speak to opportunities for regional economic development and suggest the role of education in that development. Joining him will be Bruce Coventry, president of the Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance, Daimler Chrysler Corporation, and a member of the Kettering University Board of Trustees. He will provide an industry perspective on this topic as well.

Reactors to the keynote will include representatives of the Mid-Michigan WIRED initiative, Automation Alley, and the Genesee Intermediate School District Career Development project. They will also lead more in depth discussions of their related programming in a series of mini sessions following the keynote.


8:15 a.m.: Continental breakfast/registration and networking
9 a.m.: Welcome and conference overview
9:20 a.m.: Keynote presentation and discussion
10:50 a.m.: Break
11 a.m.: Mini sessions
11:45 a.m.: Mini Sessions repeated
12:30 p.m.: Luncheon and networking

Register online by April 18. There is no charge for this conference. DMA is initiated and supported by Genesee, Henry Ford, Macomb-St. Clair and Oakland Community College Tech Prep Consortia.

For additional information, call Jeanine Sawdon at (248) 232.4570.

Written by Pat Mroczek
(810) 762-9533