Strategic Supply Chain Conference Comes to Dearborn in August


A conference that will offer strategies for businesses to strengthen logistics and supply chain management will be held in August in Dearborn.

“There’s a new emphasis in economic development strategy on the significance and priority on the state’s supply chain network,” says Steve Arwood, CEO of Michigan Economic Development Corp., which will co-host the supply chain summit with Prima Civitas, a nonprofit community and economic development organization.

Arwood says effectively managing warehousing, distribution, inventory, and production are the ideas behind the state’s newly created logistics and supply chain strategic plan. The plan has a goal of providing opportunities for collaboration and partnerships so Michigan businesses can lower costs and create more jobs. The state’s strategy focuses on providing logistical support to a range of small-to-midsize manufacturing and agricultural businesses.

“At the Michigan Economic Development Corp., our role is to serve as a catalyst and facilitator, bringing together the private sector, distinguished academic minds, public sector resources, and a strategic approach to meld knowledge with economic opportunity,” Arwood says.

Summit sessions will include an examination of current supply chain practices, an overview of innovations in the industry, and advice on how to take advantage of the state’s logistical assets.

The conference will be held on Aug. 30 and 31 at the Henry Ford Event and Conference Center in Dearborn. To register, visit