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July 18, 2011 | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Category: Conference
Location: McGregor Memorial Conference Center and Community Arts Auditorium
Cost: Free
Audience: Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Staff

New Michigan Media Conference - Immigration and Michigan's Economic Future

Monday, July 18, 2011
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wayne State University
McGregor Memorial Conference Center and Community Arts Auditorium

The New Michigan Media Conference brings together policy and business leaders to discuss the impact of immigration in the state and regional economy. Highlighting this statewide conference will be Governor Rick Snyder, who will deliver his first major speech on this topic.

New Michigan Media is a network of the state's ethnic and minority media. Their conference is presented in collaboration with Global Detroit; it is sponsored by the McCormick Foundation and the New Economy Initiative.

For more information, visit newmichiganmedia.com


9:00am – 9:45am Registration and Networking

10:00am Conference Open and Welcome Remarks
• Hayg Oshagan, Founding Director, New Michigan Media
• Tina Abbott, Chair, Board of Governors, Wayne State University, Secretary-Treasurer, Michigan AFL-CIO

10:05am – 11:30am Can Immigrants Save Detroit?
• Moderator – Bankole Thompson, Senior Editor, Michigan Chronicle
• Michael Bloomberg, New York City Mayor
• Ken Cockrel, Jr., Detroit City Councilman
• Peter Karmanos, Jr., Executive Chairman of the Board, Compuware Corporation
• Dan Varner, Program Officer, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

11:30am – 12:15pm           Lunch

12:30pm – 2:00pm Keynote Addresses
• Steve Tobocman, Director, Global Detroit Global
Detroit and Global Michigan
• Hayg Oshagan, Founding Director, New Michigan Media
New Michigan Media and the Value of Ethnic Media
• Allan Gilmour, Wayne State University President
• Governor Rick Snyder

2:15pm – 3:30pm Concurrent Panel Discussions, First Session
Entrepreneurship and Immigrants
• Moderator – Tack-Yong Kim, President & Publisher, Michigan Korean Weekly
• Richard Herman, Co-chair, TiE Ohio, Co-author of Immigrant, Inc.
• Armando Ojeda, Director, Michigan Hispanic Chamber Of Commerce
• Mahendra Ramsinghani, Managing Director First Step Fund, Invest Detroit
• Martin Manna, Executive Director, Chaldean Chamber of Commerce

Why Focusing on Immigrants Makes Economic Sense
• Moderator – Arthur Horwitz, President & Publisher, The Detroit Jewish News
• Osama Siblani, Publisher, The Arab American News
"Why strong ethnic media helps the regional economy"
• Martha Huckabee, Statewide Coordinator, Welcoming Michigan
"Why being welcoming matters to the economy"
• Rashida Tlaib, State Representative (D-Detroit)
“Why immigrant civil rights matter to Michigan’s economy”
3:45pm – 5:00pm               Concurrent Panel Discussions, Second Session
International Student Retention
• Moderator – Michael Nowlan, Co-leader, Immigration Practice Group, Clark Hill PLC
• Linda Seatts, Director, WSU Office of International Students and Scholars
• Britany Affolter-Caine, Director of Talent Enhancement, Ann Arbor SPARK
• Jeff Mason, Executive Director, University Research Corridor

Nearshoring, EB-5 Regional Centers, Exports, and Other New Opportunities
• Moderator – Malinda Jensen, Director, Business Development, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation
• Steve Tobocman, Director, Global Detroit
“Nearshoring and international collaboration”
• Karen Phillippi, Immigration Services Business Manager, Miller Canfield
         “Michigan’s EB-5 Investor Visa Regional Centers”
• Ahmad Chebbani, President, OMNEX, Board Chair, American Arab Chamber of Commerce
          “Exports and other opportunities”

For more information about this event, please contact Special Events and Services at 313-577-0300 or ses@lists.wayne.edu.