The Engineering Society of Detroit and its Institute will unveil a plan on Tuesday, Oct. 18 that will lay out what the ESD is calling bold initiatives to transform Michigan’s economy into a model for the entire nation, including a new initiative to eliminate waste in health care, and create an efficient delivery system for patients, doctors and providers.

“Michigan: Job Eliminator or Job Creator” is the outcome of numerous high-level symposia held by the ESD Institute over the past three years that resulted in the creation of an innovative statutory authority entitled the “Michigan Investment Corporation Act.” Once enacted, its sole mission would be to advance sustainable job growth, investment and entrepreneurship in Michigan without reliance upon fiscal and tax incentives and resulting governmental mandates.

The event will be held from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Skyline Club in Southfield.

“This new investment authority goes beyond tax breaks. It is a ‘start over’ entity that attacks the root causes of our economic woes,” said Christopher J. Webb, ESDI’s Co-Director. “The new authority provides political stability, a clean balance sheet, no debt, labor optimization and health care all in one package designed to lower the cost of doing business in Michigan on a sustainable basis. It’s all about making Michigan the world’s export state of choice.”

The event will feature a presentation by Webb, followed by a panel debate featuring leaders representing the following industries:

Construction: Rick Hall, FAIA, Healthcare Studio Director, Harley Ellis Devereaux
Energy: Steven Kurmas, PE, FESD, President & COO-Detroit Edison, DTE Energy
Government: Robert Ficano, Wayne County Executive, Wayne County
Health care: James Safran, PE, President, Jones Lang LaSalle At Beaumont Health System
Manufacturing: Yogendra Rahangdale, President & CEO, Whitehall Industries
Unions: Thomas Mittelbrun, Administrator, Electrical Workers Insurance Fund

The Skyline Club is at 2000 Town Center Drive in Southfield. Cost to attend is $25 per person. To register, visit For more information, call (248) 353-0735, ext. 111.


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