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Sept. 12 Ann Arbor Economic Summit to Discuss Affordability and Quality of Life

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A Community Conversation about the Future of Affordability and Quality of Life in Ann Arbor

Archived News Release: August 25, 2017 - ​The Ann Arbor Economic Development Summit scheduled on September 12 will bring together community leaders to discuss the future of affordability and quality of life in Ann Arbor. Community leaders will represent the private, non-profit, and public sectors of our community as well as the University of Michigan. The event will be moderated by Julia Novak of Novak Consulting Group. The meeting is open to the public and seating for up to 60 community members will be provided on a first-come first-served basis. A public comment time will be scheduled at the close of the meeting. 

"At its root, economic development is about the long term sustainability of the quality of life we enjoy here in Ann Arbor. We expect this summit will elevate our community dialogue to the strategic level in order to identify pragmatic and actionable methods to improve affordability and quality of life in Ann Arbor," said City of Ann Arbor Administrator Howard Lazarus.

Summit Objectives

  1. Review data that identifies factors that impact affordability in Ann Arbor.
  2. Identify economic development opportunities and priorities for the city.
  3. Gain consensus on a formal body that will be accountable for economic development strategy and advise City Council and Administration on pragmatic tactics going forward.

Topic Examples

  • How does the University of Michigan enhance Ann Arbor's business community?
  • What do the private and non-profit sectors need from the City of Ann Arbor?
  • What are the barriers to private sector job growth?
  • What elements of economic development can the City of Ann Arbor positively impact?
  • What does our community at large need from the City of Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan?

Ann Arbor Economic Development Summit Details

September 12, 2017, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Palmer Commons, UM campus located at 100 Washtenaw Ave., Great Lakes Room, Fourth floor

Parking: N26 UM Palmer Structure. Visitor spots $1.50 per hour.

Open to the public.

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Media Contact Information

Sally Hart Petersen
Executive Policy Advisor for Economic Development for the City of Ann Arbor
[email protected]


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