January 2010
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TMACOG General Assembly: Growing Our Own

The 2010 General Assembly of TMACOG members will feature workshops and speakers focusing on what people in the region can do to attract, create, and sustain businesses using our own resources. The theme for the half-day meeting is “Building our own Bootstraps: How to Grow the Regional Economy.” The annual meeting of TMACOG members will be Tuesday, January 26, 1:30 – 7:45 p.m. at the Holiday Inn French Quarter in Perrysburg.

A majority of employed people in the United States work for or run small businesses. One workshop at the General Assembly will look at what regional economic development agencies can do for small businesses. A second workshop will look at what elected officials can do to support business – from zoning, to tax structure, to marketing. The keynote address will be a joint presentation from D. Gregory Main, president and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation; and Steve Weathers, president and CEO of the Regional Growth Partnership. Ohio and Michigan share the same economic challenges and the same commitment to rebuilding a new economy. In their presentation, the speakers will talk about putting local resources to work to create and sustain business.

The General Assembly is also the TMACOG business meeting. Leadership will be selected and members will meet in caucus sessions to identify common concerns. The complete agenda is posted on the registration page. The meeting is open to the public. Cost for members is $50, non-members $100. Registration is online. For more information contact Greg Gettum at 419.241.9155 ext. 132 or gettum@tmacog.org. Please register by January 15.

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