'Big Four' & Candidates For Michigan Governor Invited As Panelists at Eight Mile Association Event

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich., March 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The Eight Mile Boulevard
 Association's Leadership Luncheon returns for a third year, Friday, May 17 at
 11:30 a.m. at Vladimir's in Farmington Hills with the theme, "The Changing
 Face of Eight Mile."
     At the event, guests from the government and business communities network
 and hear from the invited speakers: Macomb County Board of Commissioners
 Chairman John Hertel, Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, Oakland County Executive
 L. Brooks Patterson, and Wayne County Executive Edward McNamara.  Also asked
 to take part in the luncheon program are Michigan's leading gubernatorial
 candidates: Former Michigan Governor James Blanchard, U.S. Rep. David Bonior,
 Michigan Attorney General Jennifer Granholm, Michigan Lt. Governor Dick
 Posthumus and Michigan State Senator John Schwarz.
     "This year's theme, 'The Changing Face of Eight Mile,' captures the
 association's accomplishments developing the Eight Mile corridor as well as
 changes in leadership," said Thomas Storey of Plumbing & Mechanical
 Contractors of Detroit.  Storey co-chairs the event with Oak Park Mayor Gerald
 Naftaly.  "The city of Detroit just elected a new mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick.
 For many, the luncheon will be their first opportunity to hear from him.
 Edward McNamara will retire as Wayne County executive so this will be his last
 appearance with our group.  Michigan will also elect a new governor this fall
 and we've invited the leading candidates for office to discuss the future of
 Eight Mile.  Given the association services over two dozen miles of roadway
 cutting through several member communities, Eight Mile is both a regional and
 a state issue."
     The lead, platinum sponsor is Management & Unions Serving Together (MUST).
 Gold sponsor is DaimlerChrysler.  The silver sponsor is DTE Energy.  Bronze
 sponsors are Ameritech, Barton Malow Rigging/Services, Comerica Bank, Co/op
 Optical, Guardian Alarm, and Phoenix Communities.  The professional sponsor is
 Wade Trim Associates.  In-kind supporters are Alpha 21 Graphic Services, John
 Bailey & Associates Inc. Public Relations, Michigan Municipal League, Michigan
 Real Estate Journal and N.W. Coughlin Co.  Sponsorship opportunities are still
 available.  Please contact the Eight Mile Boulevard Association office for
 more information.
     "The Leadership Luncheon is truly one of the region's premiere events,"
 Naftaly said.  "In 2001, a sell-out crowd of more than 500 -- up 25 percent
 from the year before -- was on hand.  In addition to the panelists, the guest
 list included mayors and township supervisors, city council members and
 commissioners, state senators and representatives, and CEOs of area businesses
 and corporations."
     Also on the luncheon committee are Jean Chamberlain, Oakland County; Tarik
 Daoud, Al Long Ford; Thomas Dick, Co/op Optical; James Ellis, Barton Malow
 Rigging/Services; Carla Gribbs, DTE Energy; Marnita Hamilton, Detroit Regional
 Chamber; Gary Hoffman, Michigan Real Estate Journal; Cory Jacobson, Phoenix
 Theatres; Bettye Misuraca, Wayne County; Donald Morandini, Macomb County;
 Charlie Murray, Phoenix Theatres; Donald O'Connell, MUST; Paul Pickell, N.W.
 Coughlin Co.; Paul Tait, SEMCOG, and Paula Tamanaha, 3M/Abrasive
 Manufacturing.
     The Eight Mile Boulevard Association is a non-profit organization created
 in 1993 to oversee 27 miles of Eight Mile bordering 13 communities and three
 counties between I-94 (Eastpointe, Harper Woods) and I-275 (Farmington Hills,
 Livonia).  The mission of the Southfield-based agency is to revitalize and
 promote the Eight Mile transportation, business and residential corridor by
 linking the efforts of the public and private sectors.
 
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SOURCE Eight Mile Boulevard Association

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