MT. PLEASANT — Central Michigan University’s Global Campus Center in Dearborn is hosting a debate on “Transforming the City of Detroit — The Austerity Model vs. The Growth Model” on Wednesday, March 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 1 Parklane Blvd., Suite 122 East, Parklane Towers.

Set up as a town hall-style meeting, CMU Global campus students and faculty will join community leaders from the metro Detroit area in discussing proposed options for transforming the city of Detroit with staff members from Foster, McCollum, White & Associates, a political and governmental affairs and organizational development consulting firm based in Troy and Detroit. They will present proposed plans for Detroit’s restructuring, as well.

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With the current financial issues in Detroit, this debate provides an excellent opportunity for CMU faculty and students to get involved in the restructuring of Detroit.

“Central Michigan University has seven Global Campus Centers in the Metro Detroit area, so we see firsthand how the local communities, residents, and businesses have been affected by the recession — we are concerned and want to help find solutions that will enable Detroit to prosper again,” said Ernie Bedford, manager of Michigan programs for CMU’s Global Campus.

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The student debate teams have done extensive research on the history of Detroit and the issues leading to its financial struggles. The teams will provide realistic solutions to transform Detroit into a prosperous metropolis.

The public is invited to attend the FREE debate and seating is limited. Call (313) 441-5300 or e-mail<> to reserve a seat.

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Following the debate, visitors will can tour CMU’s Dearborn Center and learn more about the educational opportunities available. Additional Global Campus Centers in Metro Detroit include: Auburn Hills, Clinton Township, Livonia, Southfield,Troy, and Warren.