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LEAP Board of Directors Speaker Series

Our board of directors is comprised of a diverse range of public and private sector leaders committed to building strong communities in the tri-county area. At each of our bi-monthly board meetings, we invite a different guest speaker to discuss a timely economic development-related topic, share updates on LEAP projects within our communities, and more. Learn more about how your organization can take advantage of these kind of member benefits here and read about previous speakers and topics below.


The Power of Placemaking as Talent Attraction and Retention

Lou Glazer, President and Co-Founder of Michigan Future, Inc. | Feb. 5, 2019

Lou Glazer is President and Co-Founder of Michigan Future, Inc., a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that aims to be a source of new ideas on how Michigan can succeed as a world-class community in a knowledge-driven economy. Its latest report, "A Path to Good-paying Careers for all Michiganders: Creating places across Michigan where people want to live and work," highlights the importance of regional placemaking efforts to talent attraction and economic prosperity.

Glazer currently heads efforts to promote a state policy agenda designed to raise the living standards of all Michiganders. Prior to founding Michigan Future, he served as Deputy Director of the Michigan Department of Commerce during the Blanchard administration. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Michigan.

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