Monday, April 18, 2011

Government Forecast features larger-than-life personalities

I received some interesting feedback regarding my recent observation that most politicians I have met over the years have been hard working, passionate public servants.

Some folks thought, and I’m being kind, that perhaps I was a bit too glowing in my characterization. I invite my skeptics to join me for lunch this Thursday, April 21, to meet and get to know two individuals who are fine representatives of what a public servant should be when the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber hosts its Government Forecast at the Townsend Hotel in downtown Birmingham.

Our featured speakers are L. Brooks Patterson, who has served Oakland County first as a prosecutor and then county executive for the majority of his adult life; and Philip Power, who used his ownership of a group of local newspapers as a powerful public service tool before harnessing his passion and capital to launch The Center for Michigan, a nonpartisan “think and do tank” that is reshaping how the public perceives and participates in the governmental process.

Both Patterson and Power are dynamic individuals who never would be mistaken for wall flowers. In fact, my only concern about Thursday’s program is whether the stage is big enough for both of them.

The program is sure to be chock-full of important and relevant information for our local business leaders whose businesses are greatly impacted by decisions made in Pontiac and Lansing. To find out more about the Government Forecast or to reserve your seat, please visit the Chamber’s Web site at I hope to see you there.

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