Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce to Host Community Conversations Series to Discuss College Value & Affordability, and the Challenges for Michigan Residents in the Job Market

The Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its first Community Conversations of 2015, focusing on the topic of post high school career navigation, on January 29 at the Chamber’s Office. Community Conversations is held in partnership with The Center for Michigan, a nonprofit, nonpartisan “think-and-do” tank, focused on framing strategies relating to solving public issues by engaging citizens and providing our elected leaders with public opinion. The Dearborn Area Chamber will hold two more discussions on March 4 and March 25 from 6-8:00 pm at the Chamber’s Office in Dearborn.

The Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its first Community Conversations of 2015, focusing on the topic of post high school career navigation, on January 29 at the Chamber’s Office. Community Conversations is held in partnership with The Center for Michigan, a nonprofit, nonpartisan “think-and-do” tank, focused on framing strategies relating to solving public issues by engaging citizens and providing our elected leaders with public opinion. The Dearborn Area Chamber will hold two more discussions on March 4 and March 25 from 6-8:00 pm at the Chamber’s Office in Dearborn.

The Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce will offer two free public forum for citizens to engage in dialogue concerning college value and affordability and challenges faced by Michigan residents in the job market at its Community Conversations series on Wednesday, March 4 and Wednesday, March 25 from 6-8:00 pm at The Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce, located at the Historic Bryant Branch Library, 22100 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn. The Community Conversations series is held in partnership with The Center for Michigan, a nonprofit, nonpartisan “think-and-do” tank, focused on framing strategies relating to solving public issues by engaging citizens and providing our elected leaders with public opinion.

The March 4 event provides citizens the opportunity to discuss college affordability and the value of a degree. The Center for Michigan and the Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce are seeking participants who can speak about their experiences attending and paying for college. All are encouraged to participate, including current college students, their family members, recent graduates, those who have recently left a college program, college professors, staff, advisors, and administrators.

On March 25, the discussion will focus on the challenges and opportunities for state residents in Michigan’s job market. All are encouraged to participate in this conversation, including those who can speak to the strife of starting, maintaining, and succeeding in Michigan’s job market. Participants may include unemployed or underemployed residents, workforce development or social services professionals and employers.

Community Conversations has developed into a strong tool for engaging citizens toward forming public policy regarding the future of Michigan and our local communities. Since 2007, more than 20,000 Michigan residents have participated in Community Conversation events, which have resulted in drawing the attention of local and statewide political candidates and incumbents in public office. As a result, participating Michigan citizens have had significant input on public policy such as the expansion of public preschools, deeper investment in the “Pure Michigan” marketing campaign, reform of the state business tax, and the institution of reforms which have saved Michigan taxpayers $250 million in state prison costs.

“Community Conversations is a unique and valuable opportunity for the Dearborn and Dearborn Heights communities to engage in real dialogue that will have a significant impact on public policy in the State of Michigan in 2015 and beyond,” commented Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce President Jackie Lovejoy. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with The Center for Michigan to host these programs that will have many benefits for our entire region.”

Registration is required for this free event. To register and for more information, please visit the Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce online at www.DearbornAreaChamber.org or by phone at 313-584-6100. Be sure to follow the Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce on Facebook at facebook.com/DearbornAreaChamber, on Twitter @DbnAreaChamber and the Chamber website for all the latest Chamber news and events. For more information on The Center for Michigan, visit www.thecenterformichigan.net.

The Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce provides 600+ members with the opportunities and resources to engage and network with other businesses, enhancing financial growth, professional development, and the ability to contribute to a thriving community environment.