With weighty issues looming on the horizon, business and community leaders across the state are seeking answers. Evidence of this was within days of announcing Gov. Rick Snyder as the keynote speaker, kicking off the seventh season of the Michigan Chronicle Pancakes & Politics speakers’ series. Tickets for the March 12 forum at the Detroit Athletic Club are sold out.
“This is a pivotal time for the state of Michigan,” said Hiram E. Jackson, interim publisher of the Michigan Chronicle. “With Pancakes & Politics it is our mission to roll up our sleeves and address the issues, dispel misconceptions, and bring together politicians, business leaders and community leaders from across Southeastern Michigan to affect change.”
It is anticipated that the governor’s remarks will follow the tone set in his explanation of the fiscal year 2013 budget and focus on health and human services, education, public safety and job “creation and connection.” However, with Pancakes & Politics being largely an audience Q&A format, any range of topics may be addressed.
Created in 2006, Pancakes & Politics has established itself as a preeminent discussion series tackling the critical issues facing the city of Detroit and the Southeastern Michigan region with the newsmakers and decision makers who shape policy, report on activities or otherwise contribute to the economic and political climate.
The four-part Michigan Chronicle 2012 Pancakes & Politics series is being presented by Buick and Comcast Business Class and moderated by Carol Cain, host of “Michigan Matters” on WWJ-TV. Strategic Staffing Solutions has signed on as a Pioneer Sponsor while HAP and Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP serve as Medallion sponsors. Corporate sponsors for the event are Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, PNC and Quicken Loans, along with media partners WWJ-TV, WWJ Newsradio 950 and Crain’s Detroit Business.
Following the sold- out March 12 forum, the series will continue at the Detroit Athletic Club (DAC) with forum two on April 26, then move to the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham for the third forum on May 18 and return to the DAC on June 15 to close the season.
Tickets are still available for the second, third and fourth forums and can be purchased for $75. Table and event sponsorships are also available. Visit www.michronicle.com or call (313) 963-8100 to purchase tickets or for more information.