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On Monday, July 18 the New Michigan Media Conference: Immigration and Michigan's Economic Future, will be held at Wayne State University. The conference, sponsored by New Michigan Media, a network of ethnic and minority media providers in Michigan, and Global Detroit, a regional economic development initiative that seeks to capitalize on the economic assets of immigrants and the international community. This first of its kind conference, will provide a high profile for supporters to help make the case for a diverse, international economic agenda for metro Detroit and Michigan. Given the presence of an all-star cast of presenters, including Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, Compuware former-CEO Peter Karmanos, Jr., Detroit City Councilman Kenneth Cockrel, Jr., as well as several other business, philanthropic, academic, and community leaders, we fully expect this conference to attract significant media attention.

The conference is free due to the generous support of the McCormick Foundation and we are hoping to attract as many business leaders, nonprofit organizations, internationalists, ethnic and immigrant supporters, and curious folks as possible to hear about a variety of exciting initiatives that are being launched in our region and state. Global Detroit was launched in the past year with support from the New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan, the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Skillman Foundation and in January Governor Snyder launched a Global Michigan effort housed at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Michigan Department of Civil Rights. Both of these efforts are focused on growing Michigan's economy by better integrating and attracting immigrant, ethnic, and international assets. A variety of speakers working on these efforts and other related initiatives will be speaking at the conference.

Please consider forwarding the attached flyer below to your networks. We ask that participants pre-register for the free conference through the registration link ( so that we can insure to order enough lunches for the conference.

Michigan is at a crossroads. The Michigan recession of the 2000's was the nation's worst. As we develop strategies to reinvigorate our economy, the international community continues to provide one of the highlights of growth and energy. More recent efforts like the creation of a New Michigan Media network, as well as launching Global Detroit and Global Michigan, may put the region and state at the forefront of embracing the contributions of immigrants, ethnic groups, and the international economy. Your presence at the Monday, July 18 conference helps us all connect and collaborate to move this agenda forward.

We hope to see you there. A tentative agenda is provided below, as is a flyer that you can forward to others. Again, please have folks pre-register for the conference by visiting the registration link:

New Michigan Media Summer 2011 Conference Agenda

9.00a – 9.45a               Registration and Networking

10.00a                          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

10.05a – 11.30a           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

11.30a – 12.15p           Lunch

12.30p – 2.00p             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

2.15p – 3.30p               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”
3.45p – 5.00p               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”