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The Future Of Ypsilanti

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On May 22nd from 7:30-9:00AM, there will be a discussion called “The Future of Ypsilanti” at the Barton Hills Country Club in Ann Arbor.

Michigan leaders from economics, politics, and business will offer candid insight to defining a new path forward. They say that this is a pivotal year for Ypsilanti. Topics to be touched upon include:

  • Water Street redevelopment repackaging to draw smaller investors/projects
  • Washtenaw County launching a new initiative to mobilize East County business leaders
  • Visteon closing city factory
  • SPARK opening a business incubator downtown
  • City preparing for more budget cuts by July 1 and into 2009 that prompt cooperation with other municipalities

Panelists scheduled to appear are Washtenaw County Administrator BoB Guenzel, former-Ypsilanti building owner Bill Kinley, Ypsilanti Township Supervisor Ruth Ann Jamnick, and Ypsilanti’s own mayor Paul Schreiber.

Someone tried to tell me that half of the discussion on Ypsilanti’s future would be spent discussing issues facing Chelsea, but I think they were putting me on trying to play to the irony of this event being held in Ann Arbor Charter Township.

The event will be moderated by Paula Gardner and costs $25. This includes breakfast. The event is sponsored by National City bank, Barton Hills Country Club, Russell Video, and the Michigan Business Review. You can register by visiting

I hope to see you all there.

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  1. Comment by rodneyn
    April 18, 2008 @ 2:08 pm

    I have got to know… …why would anyone pay $25 to hear these panel members sound off on the future of Ypsilanti? …And why in the world is the event being held in Barton Hills? Were Eagle Crest and the Marriott both booked for the month?

  2. Comment by Pete Murdock
    April 19, 2008 @ 12:42 pm

    It’s ironic that a future of Ypsilanti forum is being held at the Barton Hills Country Club. Ypsilanti’s future is not to be found at the Barton Hills Country Club.

  3. Comment by maryd
    April 19, 2008 @ 1:15 pm

    Whoever introduced Helen Thomas at Friday’s Econ. Club gathering at Eagle Crest, referred to “being in Ann Arbor”. $25?

  4. Comment by Township Resident
    May 2, 2008 @ 11:41 am

    It’s being held in Ann Arbor during the work day to discourage the majority of residents from attending. Bob, Paul, and Ruth may have a plan but they can’t circumvent their constituents.

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