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Your Water, Your Voice: Great Waters, Great Economy Summit - Lansing

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Lansing Community College

409 North Washington Square

Gannon Building, Michigan Room

Lansing, MI 48933

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What’s your water agenda?

At this interactive session, you will hear from experts and leaders about Michigan’s options for balancing water preservation and economic development, from agriculture to Line 5.

Then it's YOUR turn to sound off, straight to state leaders!

After the panels, there will be a Citizen Sound Off. This facilitated dialogue is your chance to weigh in on the ideas shared and how YOU think the state’s waters should be managed.

Your opinions will inform the Center for Michigan's Citizen Water Agenda, a report on resident water priorities delivered to every state-level elected leader!


PANEL 1 - Strike a Balance: Harnessing and preserving water to grow our economy

Moderator: Alexandra Schmidt, Public Engagement Director at the Center for Michigan

Participants:

  • Laura Campbell, Agriculture Ecology Manager, Michigan Farm Bureau

  • Rich Bowman, Director of Government Relations, Nature Conservancy - Michigan

  • Conan Smith, CEO, Michigan Environmental Council

  • Steven Japinga, Vice President Government Relations and Public Policy, Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce


PANEL 2 - Toeing the Line: Weighing Line 5’s benefits and risks for Michigan

Moderator: Jim Malewitz, Environment Reporter at Bridge Magazine

Participants:

  • Peter Langley, Executive Director, Associated Petroleum Industries of Michigan

  • Andrea Pierce, Chair of the Anishinaabek Caucus for the Michigan Democratic Party

  • James Clift, Great Lakes Senior Advisor for EGLE

  • Elise Matz, State of Michigan’s Utility Consumer Participation Board

Tickets are available at no charge. Doors open at 5 PM and a light dinner will be provided.

This event is a part of the Center for Michigan's "Your Water, Your Voice" campaign. We are on the road this from September to mid-November, hosting dozens of town halls statewide with local partners to hear directly from Michiganders. To learn more about this campaign, please visit BridgeMI.com/YourWater.


ABOUT THE CENTER:

The Center for Michigan, Bridge Magazine’s publisher, is a nonpartisan, nonprofit “citizenship company” that works to magnify Michiganders voices straight to Lansing. And your voices are being heard! Legislators have made major changes in response to citizen sentiment collected in our campaigns, from the nation’s largest preschool expansion to decreased business taxes and corrections spending to deeper investment in the state’s famed Pure Michigan campaign.

To learn more about the Center for Michigan and our decade of citizen engagement campaigns and past Citizen’s Agendas, please visit https://thecenterformichigan.net/public-engagement. For a full list of the Center for Michigan and Bridge Magazine’s funders, please visit bridgemi.com/about.

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