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How Will Michigan Regain Its Competitive Advantage?

3/22/2007 --

Student-sponsored Michigan Economic Forum will address ways the state can improve its economy.

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Improving Michigan's economy will be the topic of the Michigan Economic Forum hosted by University of Michigan student groups at 1 p.m. March 30 at the Biomedical Science Research Building Auditorium.

The four-hour forum, "How Will Michigan Regain Its Competitive Advantage?" will feature several guest speakers and panel discussions. It is sponsored by Michigan Interactive Investments, a student-run investment club, and the Michigan Economics Society, the U-M undergraduate economics club.

Speakers include: Peter Hooper, chief U.S. economist, Deutsche Bank Securities; Charles Evans, director of research and senior vice president, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago; John McElroy, WWJ News Radio auto analyst and host of Autoline Detroit; John Austin, vice president of the Michigan State Board of Education and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution; and Joel Vander Kooi, assistant treasurer of risk management, Kellogg Co.

"In order for Michigan to regain its competitive advantage, innovative thinkers and prominent leaders must come together to present solutions," said Dan Brachfeld, president of Michigan Interactive Investments and a BBA student at the Ross School of Business. "The Michigan Economic Forum aims to be a platform for developing new ideas and will serve as a link to the University with respect to Michigan's current economic situation."

For more information about the forum, contact Eric Medina at (787) 548-5952 or

For more information, contact:
Bernie DeGroat
Phone: (734) 936-1015 or 647-1847