You will learn from two speakers who will share information and updates that pertain to the businesses in the South Kent Region of Michigan.
Bill Ballenger will share his insight on the topics below:
What has been going on in Lansing this year?
What's at stake in the 2024 election in Michigan?
Are Joe Biden and Donald Trump likely to be the Presidential nominees, and if so how are their candidacies likely to affect down-ballot races?
Are there likely to be any proposals/questions on the statewide ballot next year? If so, what?
Ballenger holds a bachelor?s degree from Princeton University and a master?s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University?s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He has been a visiting adjunct professor at the University of Michigan/Flint; in both Lyman Briggs and Justin Morrill Colleges at Michigan State University; and in the Public Administration program of Western Michigan University. From 2003-2007, he was the Robert P. and Marjorie Griffin Professor of American Government at Central Michigan University.
Bill Ballenger was the founder of Inside Michigan Politics, a state-based biweekly subscription newsletter that he launched in 1987 and published for 27 years. He was also, for six years, a horse racing columnist for The Detroit Free Press. For a dozen years (1992-2004), he hosted a weekly hour-long, call-in program on political issues on WKAR, a public radio station on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. He also was featured on The Friday Morning Podcast from 2016 to 2019, and he hosted a weekly hour-long talk show called ?The Political Insider? on the Michigan Talk Network for three years, from 2018-2021.
As an added bonus, you will also hear about some key initiatives happening at the Michigan State Chamber of Commerce and how this work will impact you and our region.
Director of Legislative Affairs and Leadership Programming, Michigan State Chamber of Commerce
She will be providing the latest updates from the Michigan State Chamber.
Regarding legislation that will impact businesses, what has been done legislatively in the first 6 months of a new democratic trifecta?
What is likely to come down the road?
What can you do to make your voice heard?
As director of legislative affairs and leadership programming, Leah is responsible for the lobbying responsibilities pertaining to tax policy, cannabis, tobacco and workforce development. In addition, she is the director of MI ATHENA, a women's leadership organization housed within the MI Chamber. Prior to joining the MI Chamber, she served as a policy advisory and legislative director in the MI House of Representatives.
Leah holds both bachelor's and master's degrees in National Securities Studies and is a graduate of the U.S. Chamber's Business Leads Fellowship Program (BLFP) ? which focuses on developing community leaders to help solve education and workforce problems.
Her favorite part about working for the MI Chamber is the collective drive of staff to provide the best possible outcomes for members. A common goal to protect, connect and strengthen member businesses motivates the productivity of the team every day.
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