Downiver Summit Fall Leadership meeting October 8 at Masco in Taylor

In the nearly seven years since the last Downiver Summit, the Southeast Michigan region has seen a great deal of change. With these changes, residents, businesses and leaders find themselves confronting many questions about how to adapt and thrive in the challenging economy.

Together, the Downriver Community Conference and Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber, under the leadership of Congressman John D. Dingell, will bring leaders together for the Downriver Summit Fall Leadership meeting from 8 a.m. to Noon October 8 at Masco Corporation's world headquarters in Taylor.

Leaders from the public, private and nonprofit sector will map the future of the Downriver area in preparation for the next Downriver Summit, set for the Spring of 2008.

During the fall meeting, participants will focus on three main topics: Development Downriver, Wireless Downriver and Greening Downriver. After opening remarks and an overview of the topics, each participant will attend a break-out session on the topics to identify issues to be addressed at the 2008 Summit.

Following is the agenda for the day:

Downriver Summit
Fall Leadership Meeting

Masco Corporation
21001 Van Born Road
Taylor, Michigan

October 8, 2007


8 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. Introductory Remarks by Joe Vig, J.S. Vig Construction, and Chairman of the Board, Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber

8:35 a.m. Welcome by Richard Manoogian, Chairman, Masco Corporation

8:40 a.m. Cameron Priebe, Mayor, City of Taylor

8:50 a.m. Project Update by Jim Perry, Downriver Community Conference

9 a.m. Purpose of the Day by Alan Anderson, Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber

9:10 a.m. Robert Ficano, Wayne County Executive

9:20 a.m. Congressman John D. Dingell

9:40 a.m. Where we have been, Where we’re going by Paul Tait, Southeast Michigan Council of Governments

10:10 a.m. Break

10:25 a.m. Break-out Sessions
•Wireless Downriver
•Greening Downriver
•Development Downriver

11:30 a.m. Wrap-Up & Next Steps by Gregory Pitoniak, Southeast Michigan Community Alliance
Noon Adjourn