Dear HYP Member,
Please consider participating in a Community Conversation on Monday, April 27th at City Flats Hotel (in the theater), from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. I am convening this Community Conversation for Michigan’s Defining Moment (MDM), a bipartisan statewide effort driven by more than 1,800 experienced statewide leaders seeking to move Michigan to a new era of prosperity.
I’m convening a group of up to 40 people who will meet for two hours. Our conversation will be one of hundreds across Michigan between now and mid-2010. MDM is a nonpartisan, nonprofit effort to reinvigorate citizenship, get people talking about Michigan’s challenges and opportunities, and develop a common ground agenda to help guide the decisions of state and local leaders. MDM’s first report, after 180 Community Conversations all across Michigan, was a major theme of the 2008 state House elections and kept candidates of both parties focused on three big-picture needs: 1) A talented, globally competitive workforce; 2) A vibrant economy and great quality of life; and 3) Effective, efficient, and accountable government.
Now, our citizen voices are even more important as Michigan braces for deepening state and national economic challenges. In 2010, all of Michigan’s top elected posts and many of the seats in the Legislature will change hands due to term limits. MDM doesn’t seek to elect candidates of any particular party. Instead, MDM works to heighten citizen dialogue and build a pragmatic, solutions-oriented agenda for the state’s future – with action items that can be taken up by Democrats and Republicans alike.
In our Community Conversation, we will use interactive polling devices to vote on issues and discuss economic, education and good government strategies. We will also share examples of best practices in our own communities. We’ll walk away with additional tools we can all use to move Michigan forward. “It is the kind of gathering that restores your faith in humankind to solve our common problems,” former Michigan Teacher of the Year Nancy Flanagan said after participating in a Community Conversation like the one we’ll have.
To learn more before we meet, please visit www.thecenterformichigan.net.
I hope that you will be able to participate in our conversation. Space is limited, so please sign up for your opportunity to participate in this great discussion.
Michael Hill, President
Holland Young Professionals