ESD Institute Unveils Bold Plan to Revitalize Michigan’s Economy

Wednesday, April 29, 2009, 4 p.m.ESD Headquarters, Southfield

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., April 20, 2009 — In this era of government bailouts, the Engineering Society of Detroit Institute (ESDI) has come up with a bold initiative to enable businesses to cut costs without the use of public funds or tax incentives.

This initiative, designed to help revitalize Michigan’s struggling economy and attract new businesses to the state, is a result of a two-day symposium held in March 2009 and attended by powerful leaders from the business, labor, government, law, academic, financial and nonprofit communities.

Titled the Michigan Green Enterprise Zone, the symposium also resulted in a comprehensive plan to innovate labor/management relations, legal dispute resolution and sovereign operating attributes—all without the use of public dollars.

“The results of this bold plan will translate into immediate global competitiveness for Michigan without public dollars, as well as jobs for Michigan’s workers from labor, management and the professions,” said Christopher J. Webb, JD, co-director of the ESDI.

Details about this bold plan and implementation timeline will be unveiled to a group of legislators, business representatives and the media on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at 4 p.m. at ESD’s headquarters, 20700 Civic Center Drive, Suite 450, Southfield.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Della Cassia at 248-353-0735, ext. 112 or

The ESD Institute implements innovation by connecting differing backgrounds, opinions and expertise into a process environment fostering creative and independent thought to deliver focused and consensus-based actions that can be adopted by policymakers in the private and public sectors around the world.

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