2018 Policy Conference Looks Ahead To 2030

Policy conference pic 2018
Sarah Hubbard, Principal of Acuitas, LLC, speaks to attendees of the 2018 Northern Michigan Policy Conference

Over 50 business stakeholders from around the region gathered on Friday, November 30, 2018, in Traverse City to talk about the future of the region’s economy, and focus on policy initiatives to break down the barriers to economic and business sustainability in the region.

This year’s Policy Conference included:


  • A presentation and Q&A session with Alliance lobbyist Sarah Hubbard of Acuitas, LLC on the 2018 election results, anticipated activity in this month’s lame duck session in the state Legislature and a look ahead to the 2019-20 legislative term. View Sarah Hubbard’s Presentation


  • An overview of federal legislative issues presented by Ben Taylor, regional director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. View Ben Taylor’s Presentation
  • A visioning session to project the regional economy over the next decade with guests from:
    • Northwest Michigan Works! Director Terry VanderCook,
    • Alpena Area Chamber Economic Development Director Jim Klarich,
    • Otsego County Economic Alliance Director Lisa McComb,
    • Invest UP incoming CEO Marty Fittante,
    • Grand Traverse County Economic Development Corp. Chair Warren Call,
    • Lake Superior Community Partnership CEO Amy Clickner.

Special thanks to our Policy Conference Day Sponsor:


%d bloggers like this: