Forum to Discuss Future of Sustainability in Michigan’s Great Southwest

Michigan’s Great Southwest Sustainable Business Forum will host a special Earth Day discussion next Friday, April 20 inviting local leaders to share their visions for sustainability in the region at the 8th Annual Sustainability Issues Legislative Forum.

Hosted by Wightman Associates at its Benton Harbor headquarters, St. Joseph Mayor Michael Garey, Benton Harbor Mayor Marcus Muhammad, and State Rep. Kim Lasata will be joined by Ritchie Harrison, co-director of the Great Lakes Leadership Academy and former community planner for the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy.

Harrison will present a vision for Michigan’s Great Southwest based on leadership and collaboration for the common good, drawing on his experiences working in the City of Detroit. He will also highlight the unique value of natural resources in promoting economic development and community prosperity.

“The City of Detroit transformed its image through collaboration and working together, leveraging that for programs and initiatives such as the project that revitatlized the waterfront,” said Harrison. “We’re going to talk about how leaders can create a vision that brings people and resources together fot the common good.”

Doors open at 11:30 am for lunch, with the program from 12:10 to 1:30. Lunch is $15 for MGSSBF members, $20 for non-members. Learn more and register for the event here.