Paul Hillegonds, former Speaker of the Michigan House and current Senior Vice-President for Corporate Affairs at DTE Energy, was the featured speaker at the Michigan Local Government Management Association Patriarche Colloquium and Lunch today at the Michigan Municipal League Convention.

Mr. Hillegonds focused on the strategies necessary to rebuild Michigan's economy referencing heavily from a report issued by the non-profit think tank, Michigan Future, titled "A New Agenda for Michigan." The report, issued four years ago, has become a often quoted document by many including the MML in support of our public policy initiatives, such as the Center for 21st Century Communities (21c3) program. 

Stating that the history of Michigan has always depended on innovators and risk takers, Mr. Hillegonds spoke of the need for all to understand that in a knowledge driven economy what matters most is talent and that the old Michigan economy is a barrier to future success.

Noting that for too long we have focused on city vs. township, sprawl, and our racial divides, he noted that the fastest growing regions have vital core cities drawing educated talent to help drive economic growth.  

Read more about the strategies he spoke of in the Michigan Future report, "A New Agenda for Michigan" and for more about the Michigan Municipal League and what we do go to and for details about our 2011 Convention go to

Arnold Weinfeld is Director of Strategic Initiatives and Federal Affairs for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at 517-908-0304 or by e-mail.


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