Candidates for Michigan Governor Panelists at Eight Mile Association Event

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich., May 14 /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."
     Over 550 guests are expected to attend the sold-out event, regarded as one
 of the region's preeminent public policy forums.
     The following featured guests will be on hand: Macomb County Board of
 Commissioners Chairman John Hertel, Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, Wayne
 County Executive Edward McNamara, Former Michigan Governor James Blanchard,
 Michigan Attorney General Jennifer Granholm, Michigan Lt. Governor Dick
 Posthumus and Michigan State Senator John Schwarz.
     This year's luncheon theme touches on developments along the Eight Mile
 corridor as well as changes in leadership across the region. McNamara will
 retire as Wayne County executive and this will be his last occasion with the
 association. The City of Detroit recently elected Kilpatrick mayor and this is
 his first appearance with the organization. Both serve on the association's
 board of directors. Michigan also prepares for a new governor. Given the
 association service area spans three counties and over a dozen communities,
 Eight Mile is regarded as both a local and state issue.
     The association's accomplishments include landscaping the Eight Mile
 medians, reducing litter and blight, improving bus stop facilities,
 communicating with affected people about services and successes, coordinating
 police enforcement and crime prevention activities, and helping developers and
 brokers attract or expand business establishments.
     There will be two parts to this year's program: Southeast Michigan's top
 elected officials -- Hertel, Kilkpatrick, McNamara -- will deliver opening
 remarks and then Michigan's leading gubernatorial candidates -- Blanchard,
 Granholm, Posthumus, Schwarz -- will discuss regional issues. Question topics,
 as they pertain to southeast Michigan, will include regional transportation,
 water and sewer infrastructure and business development. Emery King, WDIV-TV,
 will serve as moderator.
     The luncheon's lead, platinum sponsor is Management & Unions Serving
 Together (MUST). The gold sponsor is DaimlerChrysler. The silver sponsors are
 Comcast Cable Communications and DTE Energy. Bronze sponsors are Ameritech,
 Comerica Bank, Co/op Optical, Guardian Alarm, Health Alliance Plan (HAP) and
 Phoenix Communities. The professional sponsors are Standard Federal and 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.
     Co-Chairing the event are Gerald E. Naftaly, Mayor of Oak Park and Thomas
 Storey, vice president of government affairs & community relations, Plumbing &
 Mechanical Contractors of Detroit.
     Also on the luncheon committee are Teri Arbenowske, City of Farmington
 Hills, 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.
 
     Agenda
     Eight Mile Boulevard Association
     2002 Leadership Luncheon
     Friday, May 17, 2002
 
     11:30 a.m.
 
     NETWORKING
 
     12:00 noon
 
     Welcome
 
     John Hertel, Macomb County Board of Commissioners Chairman
     Kwame Kilpatrick, Mayor of Detroit
     Edward McNamara, Wayne County Executive
 
     12:15
 
     LUNCH
 
     12:45 p.m.
 
     Michigan Gubernatorial Candidates with moderator Emery King
 
     Jim Blanchard, Former Michigan Governor
     Jennifer M. Granholm, Michigan Attorney General
     Dick Posthumus, Michigan Lt. Governor
     John Schwarz, Michigan State Senator
 
     1:30/1:45 p.m.
 
     Adjourn
 
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