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Tuesday, 23 September, 2008 5:01 PM

Detroit Economic Club Announces Major National Summit

Photo courtesy of Jeff Kowalsky

Andrew Liveris, Beth Chappell and William Clay Ford, Jr. at the Detroit Economic Club on September 22, 2008.

 

DETROIT -- The Detroit Economic Club (DEC) today announced that it will convene The National Summit on June 15-17, 2009 at Detroit's Ford Field. The summit will engage prominent business, government, and academic leaders from across the nation in a debate and dialogue on four issues of vital importance to America's future in the global economy - Technology, Energy, Environment and Manufacturing. William Clay Ford, Jr., Executive Chairman of Ford Motor Company, will co-chair this unprecedented event.

"The National Summit will build on the Economic Club's reputation as one of the world's top speaking forums and the Detroit region's heritage as a global leader in manufacturing and technological innovation," said William Clay Ford, Jr. "Well you all know Detroit's on the front lines of global competition, so it's fitting that our city takes the lead in creating this crucial and I believe long overdue dialogue."

Dow Chemical Company CEO & Chairman Andrew Liveris is the other co-chair of the National Summit. After addressing today's DEC meeting at Cobo Center, Liveris stressed the importance of having this national conversation.

"After years of neglect, maybe we've lost our way. But this great country, when its back is up against the wall, it responds. A little bit of panic helps us all. Let's put our thoughts around this summit. I fully endorse it. We fully support it as a sponsor. We clearly will be there in force to bring solutions to bear. Let's stop whining. Let's stop doing the non-American things. Let's bring our minds to a solution and see all sectors, everyone in, what a great, great way to do it."

Liveris addressed the Detroit Economic Club meeting today at Cobo Center about the need for a new, comprehensive U.S. industrial policy. He said the policy will restore vigor and strength to the American economy. Liveris outlined the need to balance energy, the environment and manufacturing as the foundation to keep the nation competitive in a world that is increasingly becoming global, sophisticated and interdependent.

"What I'm talking about is a pro-industrial policy crafted and developed by manufacturers for manufacturers; a policy that rejuvenates our economic base. Consider it a new strategy, if you will, to make American industry competitive again, re-establish our economic and energy independence, and regrow jobs in America. What are the components of this plan? There are two. First, we must look with fresh eyes at the structural costs that have weakened the very foundation of our manufacturing enterprises and remove the obstacles hurting our competitiveness. And second, no surprise to any of you, we must develop a comprehensive energy policy."

Additionally, the DEC welcomed (in absentia) G. Richard Wagoner, General Motors Chairman & CEO, as its newly-elected Chairman, replacing William Clay Ford, Jr. who served from July 2005 through August 2008.

The Detroit Economic Club was formed in 1934 as a platform for the discussion and debate of important business, government and social issues. It is known internationally as a top speaking forum for prominent business and government leaders who address members and their guests at the Club's 35 meetings a season. With more than 3,200 members, the DEC is about vital issues, prominent voices, a commitment to education and inspiring leadership. The Club is proud to have hosted every sitting U.S. President since Richard Nixon and proud to have been ranked among the top speaking platforms for CEOs.

Source: Detroit Economic Club

 

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William Clay Ford, Jr. at the Detroit Economic Club on September 22, 2008.

 

Photo courtesy of Jeff Kowalsky

Andrew Liveris at the Detroit Economic Club on September 22, 2008.

 

 

 

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