IMPACT 2014 brings you panel discussions on:
  • How we leverage our local educational system to attract economic benefits and improve quality of life, specifically growing our business community while increasing our residential talent pool.
  • A timely exploration of the pros and cons of November’s ballot measure asking if Ann Arbor Public Schools should annex Whitmore Lake Public Schools, looking into the details of the proposal and covering all angles of how it could affect our students, our community and our economy.
  • Getting the most out of our college and career readiness efforts by understanding what we are doing to ensure our students are ready to succeed at college and in their careers and what the business community needs from this process.
8:30-9:00am Registration and Networking
9:00am Opening Remarks
9:10am Panel One- Leveraging our Educational Resources

  • Scott Menzel, Washtenaw Intermediate School District
  • Debra Polich, The Arts Alliance
  • Luke Bonner, Ann Arbor SPARK
  • Moderated by Diane Keller, A2Y Regional Chamber
10:05am Break
10:10am Panel Two- Annexation In Depth

  • Susan Baskett, AAPS Board of Education
  • Linda Carter, Ann Arbor Education Association
  • Deb Mexicotte, AAPS Board of Education
  • Alex Milshteyn, Realtor
  • Bob Rorke, Retired Business Leader
  • Jim Vibbart, Whitmore Lake Public Schools Board of Education
  • Moderated by Sean Duval, A2Y Chamber Board Chair
11:10am Break
11:15am Lunch
11:30am Panel Three- Workforce Development that Works

  • Jeannine La Prad, Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
  • Colby Spencer-Cesaro, Workforce Intelligence Network for Southeast Michigan
  • Rose Bellanca, Washtenaw Community College
  • Moderated by Mary Jo Callan, Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development
12:25-30pm Closing Remarks
Event Sponsors

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Executive Sponsor

Comcast Business Class


Northstar Bank

Washtenaw Community College

Small Business Sponsor

Ann Arbor Academy

University Office Technologies
Non-Profit Community Partner

Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation

Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
Audio Sponsor

AV Express