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
"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
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
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