(DETROIT – February 10, 2012) TechTown President and CEO Leslie Smith today joined a delegation of 30 business leaders in Detroit to participate in a small business roundtable at the White House in Washington, D.C. The half-day business leader discussion was organized by the White House Business Council and Business Forward on Friday, February 10, 2012. Representatives from NextEnergy, Digerati, the Detroit Regional Chamber and other Detroit-based companies and non-for-profits were invited to attend. The purpose: to stimulate a meaningful dialogue about the challenges and opportunities associated with economic revitalization in Southeast Michigan and other urban areas nationwide.
“This roundtable sets the stage for Detroiters to demonstrate to federal officials that we have a cadre of committed professionals who are effectively collaborating to move the region’s economic agenda forward,” said Leslie Smith, president and CEO of TechTown. “In seven short years, TechTown, along with its partners, has achieved a culture and paradigm shift toward economic independence through the lens of entrepreneurship. Over the next several years, TechTown will intentionally collaborate with these and other partners to change the face of Detroit’s economy in emerging industrial markets.”
The agenda for the meeting will encompass both analysis and proposed action. Following an economic briefing, administration officials and business leaders will discuss job creation and business expansion, specific policies and “partnering for action.”
According to Business Forward organizer Tim Ossowski, “This forum will build upon an important conversation: soliciting input and perspective from Detroit business and civic leaders on employment, the economy and job creation.”
Ossowski noted that senior administration officials will attend the forum to provide an overview of current efforts to spur economic growth. They will also shed light on Administration priorities, broadly speaking, for the metro Detroit business leaders in attendance. The roundtable, he explained, will cover a range of topics as they relate to the Detroit business community and the economy including: innovation and open government; access to capital; health care; energy; education and immigration.
Recent past participants have included Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett; Assistant to the President Michael Strautmanis; Gene Sperling, Director, National Economic Council; Nancy Ann Deparle, Deputy Chief of Staff to the President; Cass Sunstein, Administrator, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs; Aneesh Chopra, Chief Technology Officer to the President; Dr. Rebecca Blank, Under Secretary of Commerce; Greg Nelson, Deputy Director, White House Office of Public Engagement; Ari Matusiak, Executive Director of the White House Business Council.
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